Back in the 1920s, The Swing was born. The dance proved to be a hit, sweeping through the 1930s and 1940s in clubs, streets, and dance contests. It had a lot of physical vigor while maintaining a smoothness to it which meant dancers had to have excellent body control.
Fast forward to today and the Swing is still very much alive thanks to active dancers and groups who have passed on the art to their kids. Like these two. Jack and Jasmine Willis, dancing in the 6-13 Young America category are unbelievable. If the last name strikes a chord, then you probably know the Willis clan.
They are a ridiculously talented bunch. All in the blood.
And the song they chose to dance to? That’s big sister singing with the others playing the instruments. No, really. This family is really popular. Skills and good looks all in one clan? Absolutely. Yes please.
Now we doubt you’ve seen kids dance quite like this.
Very jazzy, hearkening back to the days of the big band era. When men and women dressed sharply, the nights were young, and the dancing alive.
So says a viewer,
“What I don’t understand is how this family can be so absolutely amazing at everything. I mean it is absolute perfection in every artistic form.”
We’re wondering too. Jack is smooth. So smooth he looks like he’s gliding on butter. And Jasmine, goodness, this little lady can twirl! What a treat to watch.
Another fan of theirs commented,
“I’m completely in love with these guys – I’m sure they’ll be ones to watch in a few years!! Hurrrah for the young america category!”
The Swing is a lively, social dance with a lot of spins. It is a very cool and hip dance form loved by many ages. Jack and Jasmine’s are a slower paced form as compared to the usual high energy party style commonly associated with the dance. But hey, look at these two tear up that dance floor. Even the audience is amazed.
And don’t think that as kids, they can’t do the tricky stuff. Check out Jasmine’s mid air flip to the beat!
Drop to half a squat, shift their weight from left to right while on their knees like the pros? You bet! She can strut, spin, and split with the best of them all while Jack does his cool, macho part. Stunned yet?
As the performance goes on, the routine seems to get more complicated and fascinating. A combination of fancy footwork, throw in a few spins and dips in there, and they got themselves a very wide eyed audience. Pure talent.
And wouldn’t you know it? A thunderous and boisterous standing ovation for Jack and Jasmine. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s how you steal a show. Like the old saying goes, age does not matter. Pity the next couple dancing after them though… But hey. The show must go on. Swing has always been known to surprise.
Check out Jack and Jasmine’s Swing skills in the video below!
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