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Swing Dance: Fashion, music, culture and key moves Hardcover – September 25, 2015
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About the Author
SCOTT CUPIT founded Swing Patrol in Australia in 1998 and it is now regarded as the world's largest swing-dancing school, with weekly classes held in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Berlin and London. Swing Patrol London, which launched in 2009, now has more than 1,400 students a week through its many venues and weekly social dances.
Scott achieved global media attention in 2009 with his interactive swinging hour on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, which was voted one of the top ten hours of the project by the Evening Standard. Since Swing Patrol's successful pitch on BBC2's Dragon's Den in July 2014, with three of the four dragons making an offer, the company has enjoyed a second wave of media attention, with various major fashion brands interested in collaborations – Keds footwear is now a sponsor.
As well as running Swing Patrol, Scott continues to teach weekly classes and regularly leads workshops in the UK and abroad. After sixteen years, he still thinks he has the best job in the world.
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Swing Dance is the perfect introduction to those new to the culture and gives more depth to those who have caught the "jitterbug" bug already. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
The book is an attractive matt hardback without a slip cover illustrated throughout by a combination of vintage and original photos that bring it to life. Inside, there are chapters on swing essentials (footwear and fashion) followed by chapters on four of the main dances, the Charleston, the Collegiate Shat, the Balboa and the Lindy Hop. Each chapter includes an overview, tips on dress for that particular dance style, recommended tunes, and clear instructions on how to dance each dance including links to video demonstrations.
All in all, a very well put-together book that's a delight to read and to learn from, and will make a lovely gift for someone who enjoys dance or swing music or learning new skills.