Last Monday I had the pleasure of dancing for Dandy Wellington and his Band at the Museum of Arts and Design's Young Patrons Gala. It was the first time I had performed a choreographed number with a live band, and I have to say, it's pretty exhilarating. Brass man Michael R. Davis charted "Aunt Jemima's Stomp" especially for the occasion and the band killed it. It was amazing.
We (swing dancers) are near the top of the Jazz Era-obsession totem pole. We have the vintage duds, the vintage vinyl, and the vintage moves. But if there were an authenticity contest, these two fine gentlemen would have us beat. McDermott and McGough spent 15 years living in a fully-restored, 19th century townhouse, without electricity. See that photograph to the right? They dressed like that every day for 15 years. McDermott continues to live the lifestyle, in Ireland, to this day. That is dedication, my friend.
And so, it is no surprise that said dedication would be honored in such a way, with a fantastic pre-Depression-era do.
I performed my number with the band, did a little social dancing, snapped a picture of the ice sculpture (yes, ice sculpture), then changed and went to Shake Shack before picking my friend up from the airport.
You know. . .
life as usual. . .
minding my own business. . .
. . . and then this happens:
How cool is that? Pretty darn cool in my book. To say that this is the most press I've ever received is an understatement, because that would imply that I have ever received press. It certainly has been exciting and I am very grateful to Dandy for providing the opportunity.
Keep your eyes peeled, as I am sure to work with him again in the future!
To check out all the links, visit my spankin' new press page.
To see where to catch Dandy Wellington and his Band click here.
To view the artwork of David McDermott & Peter McGough click here.