Monthly Archives: May 2012

SwingDiego 2012 Update #1

What a lovely day! Blue skies, palm trees waving in the breeze, brilliant sun – San Diego! 9am this morning bodies already stretched out beside the pools, canon-balls into the hot-tub, outdoor terrace breakfast buffet filled with east-coast U.S.’ers still on home-time. Thursday night dance AUGHGH! Not just Facebook-awesome – actual real awesome! The hugeContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #2

Great night so far: Masters JJ prelims and finals, Open strictly, and Champion/Allstar strictly. Before I run back down to the ballroom to dance until breakfast here are awards so far (minus pro-am strictlys which I didn’t catch, and Masters JJ which will be announced tomorrow): Open Strictly (Advanced and below): 1st Place Kris SwearingenContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #3

From now on you get to say “We made Finals in Classic at SwingDiego.” If you make finals, that is. Which is what the Qualifier is – a Prelim for the routine divisions, SwingDiego’s newest innovation to manage the large numbers of entries in Classic and Showcase at this event. Bragging rights, and looks betterContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #4

Classic Qualifier! Judges: Damon, Lisa, Brent, Kellese, Cher, Michael Kielbasa, Chief Judge MarkTheMarine, and Bill Cameron as “Referee” (looking for violations, lifts, drops … ) 1. Ben and Cameo 2. Clint and MacKenzie 3. Gerald and Robin (Calgary) 4. Sean and Courtney 5. Eddie and Helen 6. Reginald and Lara 7. Jake and Kara 8.Continue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #5

In ballroom, typing with thumbs, Earl just announced Classic finalists: Jordan and Tatiana, Kyle and Sarah, Robert and Deborah, Jake and Kara, Ben and Cameo, Maxence and Virginie, Sean and Courtney, Kris and Rebecca, Brennar and Torri, Scott and Mel, Ben and Rutz, Brandi and Ronnie

SwingDiego 2012 Update #6

Royston on the mic: “We have a lot to do this morning. We have 785 girls in Novice … oh wait, there was a scratch? Okay make that 784 girls. Actually, everybody here in the ballroom is in Novice, right?” “This next person is just from “France.” No city listed because they live all overContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #7

Saturday Night! Showcase! 1. Myles and Tessa, “Rolling In The Deep” (I wrote about this routine at the Open: http://wp.me/p1qHTC-75). Entire ballroom jumped to their feet in a Standing Ovation. 2. Eddie and Elyse, “The Light” 3. Rebecca and Ben Hooten, “Little Bad Girl” (Description here: http://wp.me/p1qHTC-7c) 4. Cody and Tracy, “Dirty Bit” 5. TheContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #8

Saturday Night! Classic Finals! Judges (for Classic as well as Showcase): Cher, Bill Cameron, Kellese, Sharlot, Damon, Brent, Jessica, Phil, Martin, and Mark as Chief Judge. 1. Jordan and Tatiana, “More” No matter how many times we watch them dance we are surprised again each time. Everything we love in other couples Jordan and TatianaContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #9

San Diego weather is GEEE-ORGY-USSSS so lotsa people came in early for the beaches, multiple pools and hot-tubs on the grounds nestled in amongst lavish rose bushes and perennials, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (our friends saw a hilarious play there Thursday evening and say the female lead is me and Shoshi KushnirContinue Reading

SwingDiego 2012 Update #10

Champion Strictly Final – the last comp on Friday night.  Leaders picked a genre out of the basket. 1. Maxence and Tatiana picked “sweet soul” so their song was “Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay” 2. Ben and Sarah (genre: “fresh off the charts”) danced to “Me You and The Music” – Ben asContinue Reading