Ageism on the Dance Floor

I’ve been thinking about the swing dance scene and how its changed over the past 20 years. It’s not as cross-generational as it used to be. I’ve been in the swing dance scene for over 35 years, first in NYC,

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Annual Dance Survey

Thank you for answering the survey. We had over 200 respondents. Below are the results. 1. Did you attend the Farewell Dance in 2013? Yes: 73% No: 27% 2. Did you attend the Farewell Dance in 2014? Yes: 50% No:

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BIG Thank You to everyone who came to the Farewell Dance

Thank you to all who came to the Farewell Dance on Nov. 9. It was great to see everyone and I was surprised by all the folks who came out of the woodwork. It was the perfect send-off. I do

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Roger’s Farewell Dance Jam

Well, the last dance (Nov 9, 2013) was a smashing success and everything I hoped it would be. It’s so much better to go out with a BANG! Here is a clip of my farewell dance jam with more than

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Save the Last Dance for Me!

On Nov. 9, we will be having our last dance. After more than 26 years, it will certainly be a bitter-sweet ending, This has been a big part of my life since I moved to Boston in 1986, and I

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The Boston Swing Dance Network Says Good-bye

After more than 26 years, the BSDN dances ended on November 9, 2013. Who knew back in 1987 that the dances would continue for so long? When a bunch of us started this dance, there were no other monthly swing

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Thanks for Swinging with us for 20 Years

by Roger Weiss A big thank you to all you folks who came to the big anniversary dance and helped us celebrate it. In 20 years of running the swing dances, I believe I’ve learned one thing… order more carrot

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Dancing to Live Music

by Roger Weiss OK, I admit it; I prefer dancing to live music. Not that I have anything against dancing to recorded music, it’s just that when given the choice, a good live band always wins. I should add that

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What is Swing Dancing?

by Roger Weiss There seems to be a lot of controversy over what swing dancing is. I don’t believe in getting all caught up in the semantics of what each style has to be called, it’s just not that important

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Intimidation on the Dance Floor

by Roger Weiss This article was published in the March/April 1994 Boston Swing Dance Society newsletter. As a local dance teacher and producer, I’ve heard a lot of comments from dancers about feeling uncomfortable or inhibited on the dance floor.

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