Weekly Note #60
Spring and Swing
April 1st 2013
This Week's Note
Quote of the Week
History is a vast early warning system.

-Norman Cousins

More New Videos
Here are some more new videos to enjoy!

1997 US Open Classic Division Prelims - Part 1 - West Coast Swing
First Half of the 1997 Classic Prelims (32 mins)

Eddie Vedola & Blair Johnson - WCS - Showcase Division - 1995 US Open - 2nd Place
Eddie & Blair - Showcase

1990s West Coast Swing Jam Session with Kenny Wetzel at Phoenix
1990s West Coast Swing Jam Session with Kenny Wetzel at Phoenix

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Katherine Eastvold
PO Box 292
Camarillo, CA 93011

The WCS Revolution Series

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Setting Dancers Free

Dear Reader,  


Spring is here! So I'm bringing you some real true West Coast Swing to help you celebrate... and help you survive tax season too! I have some new videos, some new articles, some new Discussion Questions and some new "not so swing" info for ya.
In honor of the holiday weekend, I'm saving my new "April Fools" article for next week, so be sure to mark your calendars! Lovin' it as always...
xoxoxo, -Katherine


Spring and Swing
Christopher Joe & Lisa Cortez - Classic Prelims
Christopher Joe & Lisa Cortez (now Schaupp) 
Author's Note: This article was written in February of this year.

It's time to tune you in on what's been going on these last few weeks. In between working on my third book and doing some long overdue accounting paperwork, I've been taking breaks to upload never-before-seen videos up on my YouTube. I was only a teenager when I started collecting WCS videos, so being picky was already a good quality for someone on a teenage budget.

So I don't have all the videos of all the years I danced, but I do have a number of videos that I hand picked as the ones I wanted to watch and study. I've uploaded a bunch on my YouTube Channel. (Have fun checking them out! Included is the couple featured below, Scott & Amy - talk about fast and furious!) But as I got older, I could afford more tapes, and so, in 1997, I was able to buy a couple of the US Open tapes. Thank God I did. As I'm watching them unfold in Adobe Premiere, I'm realizing just how much changed that year...

1997 was an incredibly pivotal year 
for West Coast Swing.

Many did not return to the floor after that year. Many of our brightest stars quit WCS completely, and those that didn't quite doing routines and competition in it. I can't blame them now. I just wish I'd had the insight they did back then.

Of course, back then I was so young... loving every minute of this fast, amazing & thrilling new dance I'd found. And I LOVED the music... I learned so much about so many artists and era's that I'd never been exposed to before.

Anyhow, as I was scrolling through Classic Prelims, I ran across one of my favorite West Coast Swing routines of ALL TIME. I froze. I couldn't believe I had it!!!! And I made sure to upload it first, before all the others, and then my husband and I went on to watch it nearly twenty times in the next three days.

Because that's what HOT West Coast Swing does. 
It makes you watch. And learn. And learn. And learn...

The more I watched, the more I realize it literally outlined, danced and demonstrated every darn point I made in Routines 101, especially the book version (three times the size of the original version!). Phrasing? Check. Individual personality? Check. Dancing? Triple check!!!

I can't believe how many of her syncopations I've taught in my classes over the years. I can't believe how many of their patterns I danced on the social dance floor for years and years. I can't believe how many six count patterns, musicality "within" the beat instead of ignoring it, and... well... joy this routine has.

The first thing my husband pointed out was the community. Can you see how those watching are soaking every single movement in? Do you see the incredibly large range of ages in the background? Can you see how powerful Lisa is? How powerful Christopher is? How much they are simply enjoying each other out there... enjoying real WCS, and inviting everyone else to enjoy it with them? The swing "family" radiates off the screen.

There's so much to soak in while watching this video. So much you can copy and learn from. About everything. 

Watch for yourself - watch it closely and notice the Sentence Structure, the Double Triples, her third position footwork and... joy!

INCREDIBLE WCS! Christopher Joe & Lisa Cortez - 1997 US Open  - Classic Prelims
INCREDIBLE WCS! Christopher Joe & Lisa Cortez - 1997 US Open - Classic Prelims

And that was just prelims!!! 
Pssst! By the way, here's a little WCS trivia for you: in finals Lisa replaced her black pants with a matching blue skirt and... get this... her shoe buckle came undone! in the middle of the routine. The foot she kicks with! And did she stop? No sir... she kept right on dancing. A pro indeed. People talked about it for years and years.

When I posted this video on Facebook, it went a bit viral - a number of e-newsletters used it, etc etc. As such, I received more emails than usual upon its release. And almost everyone asked, "why isn't this danced anymore?" My answer? "I don't know, but I sure do miss it." (Okay, so I do know, but it's not fun to really think on.) 
I miss dancing these patterns. I miss dancing to good dance music. I miss how men loved it when the women rocked it, and I miss how awesome it was when I danced with a man who took pride in his lead - who didn't rely on the woman to compromise. I miss powerhouse dancing. And I miss the joy of the swing family. It's the exact opposite today at WSDC comps. A total 180 degree turn. What a loss.

But my local clubs are my joy. I hear they are yours too. As well a few non-WSDC events. Some of those are doing incredibly well. And when you hire amazing pros like the ones above, who were smart enough to get out of the WSDC regime when it turned on our dance, you will find joy too. The joy of dance, the joy of swing, the joy of... 
Red Hot
West Coast Swing! 
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MSN Email Users
New Outlook = Privacy Issues
As most of you know, I've been using Hotmail for my most of my email accounts. If you have a Hotmail account, or any other MSN email (.live, .msn, etc) then I have an important "heads up" for you (no swing here, just an friendly FYI).


MSN is changing all of its email account to "Outlook." Yes, it's a new format, and yes, it's clearly made for tablets, etc and yes I think it takes my a million times longer to write and read emails than it has been for the last 12 years.


Put all that aside. This is about something else.


When your account is rolled over to Outlook (blue bar on top), watch out for two things:


1. They automatically link your Twitter and Facebook accounts. As in, MSN automatically searches the net for your email address, and attaches your photo to your emails. 


My Gen Y readers might love this, including my own dance partner, but I prefer they offer rather than assume. If you are like me, you can un-link yourself, but they make it very difficult to find that option page and they link them a few days after they roll you over so you don't notice it. Just Google the solution when it does happen and they'll stop.


2. Just like Facebook, the new Outlook makes your personal and private info available to MSN and it's affiliates, friends etc. You can also undo this by Googling it, since that's changing day to day as well.



So the new Outlook doesn't change the "look," it also changes you into a less private account - more along the lines of the Social Networks than before.


I consider such changes to be a change in product, instead of a change in service, so... again. Just a friendly FYI. 


Do what you like - but I highly recommend doing it with your eyes wide open. :)


Discussion Questions
'Word' Groups
'Word' Groups
1) Watch the video of Christopher and Lisa. What do you think the differences are between this routine and the Classic routines of today?
2) Their routine had a lot of contrast in it. What do you think that means?
3) Watch the audience in their video, as well as the first half of '97's prelims in the side column. What are the age ranges? Who do you recognize? How does the audience respond differently while watching than today's crowd?

About Katherine

An author and Champion dancer who fell in love with West Coast Swing in 
the early 1990's, Katherine has owned her highly successful studio, served on the board for the Swing Dance Hall of Fame, is a finalist in both Classic and Strictly at the US Open, has written articles for numerous magazines in the community for more than a decade, has choreographed for numerous top 5 routines, has served on the  board for Boogie by the Bay and has traveled to over 42 states. 

She has written two books for her
West Coast Swing Revolution Series:Telling the Truth and Setting Dancers Free.

She is not afraid. She loves beauty. She loves truth. And she believes it's knowledge that can bring a dancer more joy than they can imagine on the floor.

Katherine Krok Eastvold | PO Box 61555 | Santa Barbara | CA | 93160