Cultural Officer Cam
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9M ago
First published 23rd August 2023 on the Sugarfoot Stomp Facebook Community Group. Part 5: Ragtime It’s time for my fifth post summarising “The Power of Black Music” by Samuel Floyd. Last time I wrote about blues music and dance. I emphasised their African origin and how the spirituals provided a vehicle to maintain cultural memory of the “party of the gods” ritual through slavery, allowing black people to recreate the ritual in an unabashedly secular context - jookin’ blues dance. This post, however, is about ragtime music and dance, which have significant European influences, far more so than ..read more
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Cultural Officer Cam
Sugarfoot Stomp Blog
by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
First published 4th August 2023 on the Sugarfoot Stomp Facebook Community Group. Part 4: Blues Hey everyone! This is my fourth post of my thoughts on "The Power of Black Music" by Samuel Floyd. Last time, I focused on African American music and dance forms from during slavery, especially the spirituals. This post is about the spirituals’ direct descendants - gospel and blues. At this point in the book, we also begin to see the earliest dances that Sugarfoot Stomp facilitates - jookin’ blues dance. Gospel Around the time of emancipation, protestant christianity became the dominant Black America ..read more
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Cultural Officer Cam
Sugarfoot Stomp Blog
by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
First published 16th July 2023 on the Sugarfoot Stomp Facebook Community Group. Hey everyone! This is my third post of my thoughts on a fascinating book I've been reading: "The Power of Black Music" by Samuel Floyd. Last week, I described how African religion was primarily practised - in the ring ritual. We also explored how this relates to the nature of African rhythm and dance. This week, we follow the ring ritual in its journey through slavery into the new world, creating the early African American song forms of spirituals and secular songs. This will be a bit of a long post, because it di ..read more
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Cultural Officer Cam
Sugarfoot Stomp Blog
by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
First published 7th July 2023 on the Sugarfoot Stomp Facebook Community Group. Hey everyone! This is my second post of my thoughts on a fascinating book I've been reading: "The Power of Black Music" by Samuel Floyd. Last week, I described African religion and legends/songs. In this post, I'll focus on the second chapter, which explores how Africans practised their religion and told legends through ritual rhythm and dance. In future posts, I'll discuss how African religion, song, and dance transformed themselves in the plantations of the South and the cities of the North. African Rituals and Da ..read more
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Social Dancing 101
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by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
Written By Amy Burt, August 2021 for ‘The Dance Kit Vol. 1’ and Published online April 2023 The weekend workshop held on Saturday 31st July 2021 provided lots of handy information for how social dancing works in the Swing Dance community. Sugarfoot Stomp members are passionate about sharing the know-how to build understanding and confidence in our community to make swing dance more accessible. The following information is a quick summary for reference of what we covered in the workshop + some extras to ponder on. This is not an exhaustive list, however, we feel it gives you a good base to gro ..read more
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Floor Craft
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by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
navigating the crowds Floor craft is essential for safety on the dance floor. Asking for a dance is the first step to getting out on the floor. Do the asking, don't wait to be asked. "Would you like a dance?" is a great place to start. Yes or No are both acceptable answers here. If you get a 'no thanks' after you ask for a dance, then it's a no. No one has to justify why they don't want to dance. In some cases, they will say, 'no thanks, I'm tired after the last dance', or 'I need a break'. The person might even find you later on in the set to dance. Whatever the reason, it actually has nothin ..read more
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The big 'NO' - how we navigate declining a dance
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by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
We’ve all been there before. Maybe you’ve approached someone or maybe someone approached you on the dance floor asking for a dance. And the answer is ‘no.’ It’s a tricky situation to navigate at times, especially if you’re a new dancer. What does it mean for someone to decline a dance*, and why is it an essential skill all dancers should practice and feel comfortable using? * In this article we aren’t going to go over how to navigate avoiding a dance with someone you aren’t comfortable dancing with. That is a separate conversation around consent and safe spaces and there are many resources ou ..read more
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Tips for surviving summer dancing
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by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
Summer is a time to be active, and when you get that perfect day you want to grab it with both hands, especially in a place like Wellington when those days can be few and far between! If you’re dancing somewhere with the sun blasting down from above and not a lick of shade in sight, you’re gonna have to take some extra care. Heat exhaustion, sunstroke, dehydration are all very real risks when hop-stepping in the heat, so asides from making sure you take breaks from time to time (do it) here are some additional tips to make sure you can keep on your toes and dance the summer away, without wilti ..read more
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Have you heard about Yehoodi?
Sugarfoot Stomp Blog
by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
Have you been bitten by the Lindy bug? Do you find yourself practicing your triple step in strange places, like waiting for the bus or at the grocery store? Are you ‘obsessed’ with stalking your favorite dancers on Instagram ? Do you find yourself wishing you knew more about the history and the individuals who shaped the swing dancing era? Are you wanting to build your Swing track playlist but keep finding the same songs everywhere? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, boy do we have a recommendation for you! Yehoodi is every Lindy Hopper’s go to for anything and everything swi ..read more
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So you've done a block or two. Now what?
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by Sugarfoot Stomp
9M ago
So you’ve successfully done a block or two, and you’re starting to feel good about your dancing. You have a few moves under your belt that you’re confident in, and you’re looking towards what’s next for you on your dancing journey. So where to from here? It’s always a good habit to stop every now and again and take at yourself and your dancing journey. Asking yourself questions like ‘what’s next in store for me?’, ‘what can I improve?’ and ‘how can I challenge myself further?’ are excellent self-awareness and self-development tools in any application, dancing included. If you’re already doing ..read more
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