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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:24 pm

Sometime ago looking for salsa clips on nuevotec.com, I came across a clip of a couple dancing West Coast Swing in the top 10 videos section. I was floored by the performance, simply loved the slip-slide elastic look of the dance and the way they danced to the music. Also, from the looks of it, it felt that the form of dance gave the follower more room to improvise and style. It turns out that the girl in the video, Heidi Groskreutz, is one of the best swing dancers around and she along with her cousin, Benji Schiwmmer, won the US Open Swing dance championship in 2005. They were also the last 4 finalists in the 2006 season of So You Think You Can Dance, Benji actually went on to win that competition. I also found videos of Benji dancing with his sister, Lacey, who is also a fantastic swing dancer. I'm posting below the videos I've seen, hope people will enjoy them.

Heidi and Eric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRRSYnhkkOo
Heidi and Benji 2005 US Open Swing Dance Championships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C0GzFJGxno
Heidi and Benji Salsa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51FqADbQ1mE
Benji and Lacey West Coast Swing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoLfulobOs
Benji and Lacey performing at iHollywood Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6svVHVBBYfU

There are some more videos of them dancing on youtube, interested people can go and have a look Smile


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Post  Grishma on Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:25 pm

gr8 videos!
especially loved d one where benji and lacey perform at ihollywood dance....very smooth!!!
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Post  godric on Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:32 pm

these videos are really cool ..
Heidi . .. shes so amazing to watch
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Post  ashishsax on Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:43 pm

nice!! Smile
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Post  Joy in Motion on Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:33 am

I just learned about West Coast Swing earlier this year and so only recently started studying the dance, but I absolutely love it and am enjoying the learning process very much. I really enjoy the connection, musicality, and creative that this dance allows.

Two of my favorite dancers are Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman. They have a different style than Benji, Heidi, and Lacey, but they are so fantastic: technically sound and very musical. You might want to search for them on YouTube as well. One of my favorites is their very first performance together at the US Open. You can view it here. You can also watch one of their more recent performances here.
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