Throwback Thursday #1: 9 camps I survived

Hello all,

I am sorry about my Infographic Mondays, next one is going to be great but it takes some time as I am not a designer. It is ready, just need to fix certain issues. So I am kicking the Thowback Thursdays as well, just like every blogger does it now it seems.

Why am I posting a summary of camps today? There are 3 reasons: it’s Thursday (Throwback Thursday, #tbt, etc …), I finally reached 250 fans on Facebook and I am off to Swing Revolution which is going to be my 10th camp besides countless of weekenders and workshops I’ve done over the past 2 years.

Anyway, I order them from the first to the last. I have not blogged about them all. I enjoyed them all but sometimes I take a break off blogging or whatever other reason I have not to blog but really, beauty of camps is that I learn cool stuff and then get to practice those moves with people I don’t normally dance with (due to them being from other countries or just not local …). So here they are, 9 camps I have survived:

#1. DJAM 2014

This was my first camp ever. I remember driving nearly 300 miles, there were like 7 of us from Savoy Hop crew sharing 2 cars. It was great experience, made many new friends which I kept seeing around. This festival opened my eyes just how awesome the camps really are! I blogged about it here and here.

#2. Gents Jazz 2014

I am not sure if this one classifies as a camp. It was like a jazz weekender I’d say. It was great, we had socials each night. It helps a lot with my jazz, I, unfortunately, skipped this year which happened last weekend by the way. I was already on my blogging time off when this festival occured so I didn’t blog about it 🙁

#3. Hullzapoppin’ 2014

I remember driving 200 miles alone … I knew nobody there … I mean I knew couple of people. Thing about lindy hop scene is that you make friends very quickly without much effort. It occured in this Endsleigh centre, it was lovely going outside during breaks. And their afterparties … O.H.M.Y.G.O.D. they blew me away! When I think about it, I think I wanna learn a little bit of street hip hop or something so I don’t just stand there with my jaws down ;D

#4. Maytime Messaround 2014

It was great weekend. I enjoyed classes, they were really good! There were around 13 of us from Hertfordshire. Social dancing was also lovely. I met so many old and new friends, very relaxing camp with intensive workshops … I don’t know if it even makes sense but it was just that. Amazing weekend! I found time and energy to blog about this during my break 🙂

#5. London Swing Festival 2014

It was my first time competing at “Strictly” kind of competition. It was up and coming competition. I know we placed in top 18 out of 18 couples competitng 😀 I also loved the classes. The classes took at the same location as socials so I didn’t have to travel around London like I might have this year. Classes were really good as was social dancing. I also loved after-party. It was nearby location … like 10 minutes walk … just around the corner. It was until 4 or 5, I can’t even remember. It was great time!

#6. Barcelona Crazy Week 2014

I am not sure if I could call it a camp but let’s call it camp anyway. There were 27 of us heading to Barcelona … taking over Barcelona’s swing scene … ;D

There were over 20 people from Leeds. That’s why when I get to Leeds tomorrow for Swing Revolution, I might just feel like in Hertfordshire or London where I know majority of people 😀

Anyway, Barcelona was crazy … lots of great classes, some even in Spanish but we dealt just fine. We also had couple of proper socials. Other highlights of that week was clubing on the beach during bonfire night (the longest day of the year) and randomly sumbling upon a band playing live on our last day. I had a blast dancing to like … 7 songs. That week in general was probably one the best! I became international dancer that week 🙂

#7. Camp Savoy 2014

Camp Savoy was great. Awesome classes, awesome socials. There were many people from Maytime Messaround. I felt like I learned a lot of stuff and it was cheap comparing to most camps. The atmosphere was chilling, just like at MMA.

#8. Lindy Shock 2014

It was my second camp somewhere outside UK. It was amazing. I mean, dancing on the boat … HUGE BOAT. I know I danced on the boat in August last year at the Ahoy Ball … and I didn’t blog about it as I was taking a break off blogging. Lindy Shock classes were awesome, there were around 1,000 people at the camp. I blogged about it quite heavily so to save myself a lot of time, I just redirect you here, here and here. The after-party was as awesome as the whole camp!

#9. Goodnight Sweetheart 2015

This camp was at my doorstep, I even blogged about it. It took a place around a month ago and I am very happy that I attended. I skipped it in 2014 and I kind of regret it … this year GNSH was great! I really learned a lot and social dancing was just great. After party was good as well. We had tons of blues and modern songs for an hour or two so it was great to try something new (and I was bad at it) and then we had some more lindy hop. We finished at 5 AM! I had to skip uni for this …

So here they are, 9 camps I have survived. I will definitely survive Swing Revolution … or die tryin’ 😀

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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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