Ever since it began in Munich, Germany in 2006, the Rock That Swing Festival has been all about Swing. To begin with, the festival shows the versatility of Swing dance and Swing music with competitions, demonstrations, and workshops. Not only that but by targeting the decades of the 1920s-1950s, we’re guaranteed a whole lot of great dancing.
The Rock That Swing Festival or RTSF, focuses on dances with history, like Swing, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Charleston, and Rockabilly. To be sure, with all those dances, they need a host of musicians and teachers. And, in fact, the most recent festival was held in February 2020 and featured 15 Swing bands and 76 professional instructors.
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I love to study Swing dancing by watching videos online. In fact, many of the best have the Rock That Swing logo. With so many performances to choose from, here’s one I think you’ll love. For this reason, check out this awesomely smooth Swing from the RTSF 2019 festival. It’s performed by Stephen Sayer and his partner Chanzie Roettig Gomez.
Stephen and Chanzie are champion Swing dance instructors, competitors, and performers from Los Angeles, CA. They’re dancing to Twisting the Night Away by Sam Cooke.
I don’t know about you, but I find their style to be charming, playful, and fun. I’ve never seen them before last night, but I’ve already watched this Rock That Swing video many times. You’d do well to find a way to express yourself like they do.
For more information about the Rock That Swing Festival, visit their website, RockThatSwing.com.
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