MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MEET JULIANNE!
Julianne is relatively new to the swing scene in Adelaide. You can recognise her at classes and social events by her infectious positivity and love for the dance. We caught up and asked Julianne about her relationship with swing dancing.
What’s your favourite moment in dance?
On the rare occasion I can actually listen and feel the music and not be too much ‘in my head’, worrying about whether I’m doing it right or being a lousy follower. I’m a slow learner and my timing and rhythm are terrible. I get way too nervous and awkwardly enthusiastic and lose the ability to listen and be in the present. However, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with making a fool of myself hence being able to relax & have fun. Luckily, we are so fortunate to have teachers that are truly fabulous & extraordinarily lovely human beings and so incredibly skilled, patient and encouraging. If it wasn’t for their kindness and encouragement I would’ve certainly given up.
Do you have a favourite move?
Errrr … anything that flows and is not too difficult. I love Lindy and Charleston (that’s all I’ve learnt so far).
Tell us aomething about yourself outside of dance
I work with adult migrants and refugees at TafeSA and I’m learning Dari. I hope I never stop learning to dance, speak other languages and experience new opportunities to connect with others.
What are you looking forward to this year?
- For COVID to go away so we can all be safe and healthy and dance with glee and abandonment.
- For all classes to return uninterrupted, and for swing schools and teachers to flourish and prosper.
- More opportunities to dance to live swing bands. And more wonderful Eight Count events!
- Personally, I aspire to have more discipline to practice solo. It’d be great to be able to get a practice group together. I hope to go to as many classes as possible, to learn solo jazz and balboa, and learn how to lead. I still haven’t learned the Shim Sham! I want to learn so much more about everything… musicality, improvisation, expression ….
While I thoroughly appreciate the performers of the world, I have no aspirations to perform. Mostly I hope to get over my many insecurities, challenge those assumptions that hold me back and encourage others to do the same so we can all connect and enjoy ourselves.
Anything else you would like to say?
Big thanks to everyone in the Adelaide swing community and the collective embrace of non-traditional gender lead – follow norms. I love that the emphasis is on spontaneity and improvisation and open-hearted fun.
A big shout out to all of the inspiring dancers who come to classes and dance with us newbies. In a perfect world there would be more opportunities for us to dance with experienced dancers so we can learn from the dancers we aspire to be. Thank you to all you dancers who have said yes when I’ve mustered the courage to ask you. I’m in absolute awe of all you wonderful dancers! And thank you and homage to the pioneers of swing!