Two days back from Tampa and here we are at DCSex (you might know it as VSO). Then we’re home for two days before we fly out to … the Open!
It’s Friday night at this event created by Hutch (Craig Hutchinson) so very many years ago. It was Hutch’s idea for VSO (the Virginia State Open) to be a celebration of swing, all types of swing. You may not know that Hutch wrote two books attempting to describe, define, and codify swing; made a terrific short film, and drew up a manual with squinchy little squinkie creatures, arrows, and feet stepping and dancing all across the pages.
Wonderful Hutch. What an odd duck, so beloved here and across the country. A founder of NASDE, with Barry Durand and maybe a few others (anyone know who else?)
Hutch loved Swing.
We have VHS (or Beta) tapes of the first years of this event!
So here we are all these years later, at the newest rendition of VSO, this year with a new name and at a new hotel. Standard Hyatt, nothing special really, but which will work well for out-of-towners as it’s close to the airport. Our room’s a bit old and seedy, smells funky, but adequate.
This is the new hotel for MadJam too (in March) so we’ve been curious to see what it’s like and now that we have we are hoping the ballroom for MadJam will be bigger – much bigger – cause this one is, well, one of the smaller ballrooms we’ve seen. We counted floor squares (each maybe 3 sq ft?) and there are 14 front to back, 12 side to side. That about tells you the total size of the room since the floor runs wall to wall so not much space left for actual sitting. 16 chairs line each side of the floor, four of the skinny-type 6-seat tables along the front, and behind these three rows of 14 chairs each. It’s small! No room to walk from one side of the room to the other without trouncing on people, and nowhere to sit in an actual chair – basically standing-room only. It’s crowded, for sure.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Some people like that “packed dance-club” feel. And maybe it’s because more people came than were expected? Which is always good.
So tonight was Strictly’s.
First Lindy (didn’t get here in time to see) then Novice WCS (maybe ten couples? Didn’t get here in time for that either – Friday traffic was awful!), Intermediate (eight couples total), and Adv/Allstar/Pro combined Strictly (20 couples).
Three songs for Adv/Allstar/Pro prelims: Moves Like Jagger, Ability to Swing, Man in the Mirror.
John Lindo with Nicola Royston
Alyssa and Jesse Vo
Genieboy and Jody Katz
Jody Moscaritolo and Kelly Hull
Xavier and Tammy Brown
Dean Garrish and Lemery
Rob and Deonna
Kay Newhouse and Alfred Lee
Robin Smith and Debbie Tuttle
Mike Glasgow and Robin Grimsby
Brian Kidd and Heidi Batdorf
Steve Hunt and Rachel Martin
Jerome Louis and Abbi Leggett
Sam and Denise Miller
Marcus and Erica Smith
Greg Scott and Jennifer Lyons
Regginald Beason and oops! don’t remember!
Abby Stone and Don Herron
and last but not least … Akil and Tren
Finals for this were done Jam/Spotlight style, and the three songs were Cause I Said So, OMG, and S&M.
Akil and Tren
Rob and Deonna
Steve and Rachel
Alfred and Kay
Lindo and Nicola
Dean and Lemery
Greg and Jennifer Lyons
Marcus and Erica
Xavier and Tammy
Sam and Denise
Alyssa and Jesse
1st alt Jody Moscaritolo and Kelly Hull
2nd alt Mike Glasgow and Robin Grimsby
and the top three placements:
1st Akil and Tren
2nd Rob and Deonna
3rd Dean and Lemery
1st Roy Legaspi and Julie Parrish
2nd Brandon LeFrance and Sally Charles
3rd Jeff Moscaritolo and Danielle Lindblom
1st Sam Easley and ??
2nd CJ Tate and ???
3rd Nicole Stottlemeyer and ??
(sorry! hard to hear and I don’t recognize some of the newer names – difficult acoustics in the room, hard to make out a lot of what is said on the mic)
That was it for tonight!
Jack and Jill’s tomorrow.