Surprise dances have become somewhat of a trend in recent years. Performed to classic American jazz tunes, daring swing dancers have revived the art of such spectacles as the Lindy Bop, a classic dance that was developed and popularized in the early 1900s, according to dancing.org. Weddings provide the perfect backdrop for newlyweds and friends to show off their flare.
At this point, this particular event looks a little stagnant. A photographer waits beside the main entrance, with a man in a fedora standing cool to his right.
The attendees look a little bored at this point in the night, with crowds of event goers lining the sides of a rather spacious center dance floor. The cameraman is still tucked on the sideline, near-center, as if waiting for something exciting to happen.
A woman walks into the room nonchalantly, walking across the dance floor, then standing next to the speakers among the onlookers surrounding the open room.
All of a sudden, the Benny Goodman classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” starts playing to the surprise of everyone. The fedora-wearer and gleefully waiting girl form a pair, taking arms and starting a smooth swing dance performance.
In classic swing fashion, they perform a series of stylized and flaring maneuvers with their arms and legs. Twirls, twists, and acrobatic tosses are performed throughout. The girl’s dress spins in a circular fashion with her momentum, creating an interesting aesthetic effect.
The performance features a plethora of playful choreography, including an up-and-under move. Early 20th century dancers would be more than proud to see this duo revive their art form.
Benny Goodman’s bopping music continues at a quick pace, but that’s no trouble for the duo. The couple progresses through a series of intensifying choreography with smiles on their faces. Crowd noises and applause can be heard throughout the performance. At one point, the male raises his arms as if to hype up the crowd, which responds amicably with a big, bellowing cheer.
At this point, Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” begins to wind down, but not without a few more memorable moves from the swing dancers. The crowd, still overjoyed, continues to watch keenly. The couple progresses through a series of ending steps before performing a fitting, acrobatic throw-and-catch finale.
The couple’s dance certainly adds a little flair to the event. Audience members are clearly impressed by the anachronistic swing dance, letting out a final applause. The duo basks in the social spoils of their beautiful performance, taking a few bows facing all corners of the venue.
Spontaneity and surprises can be met with disdain or joy depending on their content. Fortunately, this wedding event featured a tasteful swing surprise, hard for any unsuspecting onlooker to hate. The performance lasts a total of 4 minutes, with the featured couple letting their feet and smooth moves provide a lasting memory on an already memorable day. Weddings can be rather dull affairs for some, but not for this couple, and not for this crowd.
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Source: Adrian Pandaru