Maytime Mess Around 2014

Maytime Mess Around 2014
Maytime Mess Around 2014

Hello there,

I know I haven’t blogged for about 2 month … nearly 3 … I was very  busy … sleepin’ and all you know…

I shall take back what’s mine … and I will … (will let you know what it is soon … once I make it up 😀 )

OK, I went to Maytime Mess Around 2014 last weekend … for those who can’t be asked to read whole blog post (and I don’t blame you), I will tell you right now: it was ultra mega epic. Shame if you missed it …

Anyway, shall we start? Just a bit more about this weekend: there were like 13~ or so going from Savoy Hop alone. I had advanced classes (most of us had). Classes weren’t too challenging … I mean, they were excellent as I learned tons of new stuff! Sure, ome moves were a bit complicated and all but I either got hang of them or made my own variations … 😀 Teachers were excellent! Socials were fantastic! Atmosphere was top notch and friendly and all! If you think I am sweet-mouthing about this event … well, let me tell you 2 things: I wasn’t paid or offered free entry to MMA 2014 in exchange for this review … and that I never bullshit … I don’t talk shit in real life nor on the internet … just ask my friends … lol

OK, I had 4 core advanced classes, some taster classes and socials … I had 3 core classes (1.5 hours each) and 2 taster classes (1 hour each) + socials on Saturday and 1 core class (1.5 hours) and 2 taster classes (1 hour each) + socials on Sunday. I was late on Friday so only made it to the socials which was great anyway.

Core classes (advanced)

OK, I am not going to waste your time and talk about how awesome Friday socials were … you are probably already sad if you didn’t make it or you just remembered the awesomeness if you did. Anyway, first core class was great! Teachers (sorry, I don’t wanna break my blog’s rules where I said I wouldn’t out anyone, regardless if I say good or bad things about them) thought some swing out variations where we get into prominards (or whatever it is called … I don’t know how to spell it, some help?) and then push followers backwards and then rock step (make them rock step diagonally) so then she (or in some cases he) can spin on beats 3 and 4. We also had this variation where we make followers twist-twist on 3 and 4 and then spin them on 5 and 6. Great stuff!

Second core class was another variation of swing out. I cannot comment on followers’ variation … they had a jump and then another 20 ultra quick step in 8 beats swing out 😀 For us, leaders, was not as complicated … I guess … we needed the under arm pass swing out for it to work. So basically, on beat 5 and 6 where you normally step and step, you do triple step (step backwards with right leg then bring back left leg and then put right leg in front) and then twist/turn around in counter clockwise direction, hold for beat, stomp off on 8. It was very hard to get it right. We also did some spinning/turning exercises which were good. I also learned 8 beat pass by. It was not hard but I have never done it before.

Third core class had to do with many Charleston moves and transitions. I did 4 weeks Charleston course in April (shame I did not blog about it 🙁 ) which allowed me to realise that you can get into any move from any move really so this core class at MMA 2014 was not that hard as I already had this mindset. Things I learned: getting from basic into hand to hand Charleston without lead’s left arm; hand to hand Charleston to cross kicks variation and back; cross kick Charleston into Tandem Charleston (I already new this); cross kicks Charleston into side-by-side Tandem Charleston. I am pretty sure we did more but my memory is not at full functionality … yet …

Fourth core class was on Sunday morning. We did extended swing outs and variations. They were all awesome. I cannot even explain what they look like … we do 2 steps instead of second triple step (count 7 and 8) but then we don’t do rock step after that, we just continue doing what we need to do … whether it’s a spin or bypass with spring or Tachie Anne (yup, we learned to integrate that!). That class was probably best and most challenging …

Taster classes

I had 4 taster classes: Lindy jumps, Chicago footwork, Solo jazz and improvisations. In lindy jumps we learned several jump moves like jump tuck turn, jump bypass and the last but not least – frog. Frog was best jump move ever! In Chicago footwork we learned some moves for house music … damn the footwork was fast! We started to learn from slow pace and then we did it very fast. King Charles (sorry, I had to out) knows how to teach and puts a lot of passion into it. It was great learning from scratch and slowly increasing the speed of moves. We had like 4~ different moves in like 1.5 hours. In solo jazz we learned like half of awesome routine that was put by teachers. I don’t know the name but I learned some cool moves like Tachie Anne variations which I am going to use in shim sham tonight! I would definitely wanna learn the rest of it, well, hopefully in Barcelona 😉 The last taster class was about improvisations. I unlearned several things! Like, it’s OK to rock step on right leg for leads (still feels wrong though) … we did some singles, triple steps, etc … we also did Suzy Qs and swivels in steps. It was great class but it was quite challenging … I realised that dancing is about having joy and not always following the instructions like … oh you are lead, you MUST rock step on the left … next time I shall call it bullshit … (OK, I’ll shut up before it gets out of hand and if you know me, you know I behave 😉 )

Other highlights

So, what were other highlights? Teachers’ Cabaret. Yeah, it was amazing! I cannot embed videos here for some reason (I’ll fix it soon) so I won’t share now but I will edit this post once I fixed it. I am pretty sure that the whole cabaret is on Youtube already, just look for “Maytime Mess Around 2014 teachers cabaret” or something …

Another highlight? Birthday Jam. I didn’t steal … Whole weekend was like … highlight for me. It was best camp I’ve been to … so far … 🙂

Now that you made it to the end, you are obligated to share your mini review in the comments. I don’t expect you to write 1000 words like I did … 😀 Anyway, if you made it to the camp, would you come back in 2015? What were your highlights of the weekend? If you didn’t make it to the camp, would you go there next year?

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Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

CEO & Founder at Don Markets Limited
Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.
Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.

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