ALIVE AND KICKING is a walk through the history of swing dancing up to present day. It’s a documentary narrated by some of the original Lindy Hoppers as well as the current swing-dancing elite.
The swing dance world seems to be a separate entity from other genres of dance. For instance, unlike other forms in which winning competitions can translate into big bucks, competition payouts in swing are surprisingly low. Instead, the titles lead to better teaching jobs–and that’s what pays.
Even more fascinating: competitive swing routines are improvised! Dancers don’t know when they’ll get called to center stage during competition or even what music will be playing. It’s unbelievable that these complicated dances are improvised and only further emphasizes just how talented these dancers are as well.
The facts keep coming all the way through ALIVE AND KICKING with impressive dance routines serving as the backdrop for a flurry of facts.
Susan Glatzer, a former Hollywood studio executive, first conceived of the documentary as a project for someone else. She realized the film had become her project, though, as the amount of footage she shot started accumulating. An avid swing dancer for 18 years, Glatzer documented a world with which she’s passionately in love. In fact, while interviewing her alongside “Queen of Swing” and Lindy Hop creator Norma Miller, Glatzer became positively giddy when asked what it was like meeting Miller the first time.
For more about the history of swing directly from Susan Glatzer and Norma Miller, take a look below:
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