Couple Glides Over The Competition With Impressive Swing Routine
Cailyn Finkel 11/14/2018
Sean McKeever and Jessica Cox are seasoned swing dancers with decades of experience under their belts. They know how to move their bodies in ways that many of us couldn't imagine! Not only are they great solo dancers, but they're also breathtaking when they boogie together.
Their skills were put to the test during the Capital Swing Dancers' Presidents' Day weekend convention in Sacramento, California. Talented competitors came in from all around the country to take home the first-place trophy - but none of them had a routine like Sean and Jessica's up their sleeves.
According to the Swing Dance Company, the swing style first originated out of New York City in the early 1920s.
"An exciting evolution in jazz music broke out of New York's Harlem district in the late 1920s. With this new sound, a new dance was created, called the lindy hop. Lindy hop developed from dancers mimicking other dance crazes of the time, including the Charleston and the foxtrot...
Lindy hop was fast and intricate, to match the music being produced by the big bands. But over time the bands got smaller and the dancing evolved with the music. Over the following 30 years, the dance was re-branded (amongst other names) jitterbug, boogie-woogie, and rock'n'roll."
Swing remained popular until the 1980s when more contemporary styles started to gain traction. Thankfully, dancing trends came around full-circle and swing is popular once more. Talented dancers from all over the globe compete in thousands of swing competitions - just like the dancers here!
Jessica and Sean moved together in perfect unison while the music bumped over the loudspeakers. Even the couple's competition couldn't help but stare - this was the best swing performance they'd ever seen!
The judges seemingly agreed with the audience's overwhelming roar of applause. They awarded the pair first place and now their routine will live on forever online.