Jesse Niou, Swing DJ
Hampton, VA, United States
Los Angeles, CA, United States
I'm sure everyone or someone you know got caught up in the neo-swing craze back in the mid-90s. I did too. So it was a shock to me one day when I was passing by what was once my old high school dance studio, lo and behold, a new dance studio had sprung forth, and a swing dance was occurring as well. I poked my head in one day and heard music that was far different from what I heard before. What greeted my eyes was not frenetic flailing and wild acrobatics but elegant and refined movements that were so connected that it seemed choreographed to my untrained eyes. And more, you could instantly see how they not only moved to the music, but were responded and added to the music with their steps and syncopation. Unbeknownst to me, this was a dance called Lindy Hop, and little did I know it would consume my life from thenceforth.
I've had the pleasure and honor of dancing with, socializing with, and best of all, learning from masters and teachers old and young. I have the utmost respect for all who are dedicated to preserving this truly colorful part of American-turned worldwide culture. Lindy Hop truly crosses so many social boundaries.
Swing DJ Bio:
Plays sets of danceable jazz to the crowd, pure and simple.
When/where did you first start doing Lindy Hop?
Atomic Ballroom in 2005
Why did you first start doing Lindy Hop?
It was so much cooler than Neo-Swing and made much more sense with the music.
What is the size of your local Lindy community?
About 20 regulars
How often do you go out dancing or take lessons?
Whenever possible (about 1-2 times a week)
What is your favorite thing about Lindy Hop (both as an activity and as a community)?
It transcends standard social boundaries
What do you do for a living?
Glow in the dark.
Year you were born?
What bit of non-swing info about you would the Lindy community find interesting?
I am a fashion photographer by trade.
How has Lindy Hop changed your life?
The networking possibilities blow my mind.
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