This weekend was the PittStop lindyhop in Pittsburgh, and I was extremely excited to attend with the WVU Swing Club!
This is my first lindy exchange, and I have really been looking forward to it. When I got to the venue, it was definitely overwhelming and a bit intimidating. Everyone was such good dancers. It took me a good 45 minutes to jump into the fun, but that is due to my own social awkwardness. This was Friday night’s dance at the venue.
The venue was impressive. Friday night was The Boilermaker Jazz Band at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. I will probably visit the museum at the Memorial Hall on another date. What I could see during the dance looked pretty cool. This is the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall below.
At 1 am it was Miss Freddye’s Blues Band at the Pittsburgh Opera. That dance lasted until 5 am, but I left early to get some sleep. Saturday afternoon was a casual dance back at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. This older gentleman was trying to teach me his Charleston moves. I wanted to ask how old he was, because he looked as if he would have been in his 80’s! I hope I am be-bopping around at that age, and dancing with all the younger dancers. He was yelling the upcoming moves in my ear, and all I could think was to not kick him in the shins! This is us lindy hopping.
Later that night we went back to the venue for the Gordon Webster 9-Piece Band. I really enjoyed this band. We took a big group photo from Saturday night, and it includes those of us who came from WVU and friends.
The picture below is of my roommates for the weekend.
I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was dancing the whole time! We did walk to get something to eat, and passed this older gentleman feeding the birds. He said, “I get in trouble if they catch me doing this”. He was adorable, as I think most senior citizens are adorable.
I had such a great time this past weekend. The only thing I would have changed is to have a certain friend with us, but he is currently in California. He needs to move back. I have new swing moves I want to work on and master.
My next lindy exchange is the Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC at the end of December. I’m hoping to meet up with my friend from high school for a bit, since this is my hometown. This would be you, Ti!