Monday, September 08, 2008

Vinnie's Jack and Jill

I organized a swing event that was held this Saturday. A Jack and Jill is a competition held at many swing events in which dancers enter as individuals, get paired up randomly, and then judged on their dancing to music they may not have heard before. Typically, these are at national or regional (weekend-long) events, but we decided to have a mini-Jack and Jill at the Vinnie's Saturday dance.
The announcement flyer

The goal was to get beginner and intermediate dancers more involved, give them experience dancing in front of people and in a competitive setting, and to get other people to critically watch other people dancing.

Despite the weather (Hurricane Hanna poured some water on us while we traveled there), the event was a success! Here's a blurb I wrote about it for Swingmonkey:

Sixteen dancers braved hurricane Hanna to compete at this weekend's Jack and Jill at Vinnie's Jump and Jive, but only Jonathan Janis and Danielle White took home the grand prize: weekend passes to Swingin' New England.

The contestants show the judges their numbers.

Competition was fierce, and the judges had their work cut out for them. All five finalist couples were fantastic; second place ($25 gift certificates to, donated by DanceStore and Swingmonkey) went to Paul Imel and Laura Vasu, and third place (Frankie Manning Shim Sham DVDs, donated by was taken by Owen O'Neil and Kate Brown.

Fierce competition in the prelims.

We had so much fun we're going to do it again in February!

Click here to see more photos from the event!

It really was a fun time. I'm incredibly pleased with the turnout. And thanks to my helpers and judges, it ran very smoothly.

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