Balboa Jack and Jill Finals at ILHC 2011

This past weekend I attended the International Lindy Hop Championships, held just outside of Washington, D.C. in Alexandria, Virginia. Top swing dancers from all over the globe descended on the Westin Alexandria to compete in couples competitions, Jack and Jills, showcase, teams, and solo Charleston. I signed up for the Balboa Jack and Jill, where you are paired randomly with another leader, and, with the help of some amazing leads in the prelims, managed to secure a spot in the finals! Leaders drew their followers names from a hat for the finals and my name was drawn by Mikey Pedroza from Mission Viejo, California. Having never danced with Mikey before, this was what we call a “true Jack and Jill.” You can see our spotlight and the final all-skate in the videos below. We didn’t win, but it certainly felt like winning to have made the finals!

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