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Swing for the Crown

Posted on September 28, 2011


On Saturday, October 1, at 4 Wild Court, Holborn WC2, London Swing Dance Society presented its new monthly swing night Suzi Q for lindy hop, jitterbug and jive dancers, plus the first heat of Swing for the Crown. The contest will pit the most exciting social lindy hop dancers against each other in a recreation of the famously competitive jam circles of the 1930s.

The adrenaline-fuelled jumping jitterbug contest will feature dancing that is energetic, thrilling and technically inspiring. The finals of Swing for the Crown 2011
will take place on December 10 at 10.30pm. 
The next heats will take place at Suzi Q nights on November 5 (10.30pm) and December 10 (8.30pm). 
Swing dancers will battle it out for the crown and a £150 cash prize.

Swing for the Crown follows the format of Savoy Ballroom competitions of the 1930s and 1940s. The competition takes the form of a jam circle with an “all skate” at the end. Competitors have approx 30 seconds each to show off their craziest moves, jazz spirit and keen sense of musicality to the DJ’s furiously-paced music before the next couple swing out. Heats and finals will be judged by audience “clapometer”. The music will be chosen by the organiser. The top four couples from each heat will go through to the finals in December.

The final is a dance-off in which only one couple is left standing – the Swing King and Queen! Swing for the Crown competition is free to enter with admission to the Suzi Q on the night of the heat. Please register on the night you are competing. 
If any finalists cannot attend the finals, the runner-up couple will be invited to take their place.

Photograph: Simon Selmon of London Swing Dance Society

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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