No one is thinking “Moonwalk” as Kim and Mr. Jonathan are sitting patiently waiting to be called to dance in this “Spotlight” Jack and Jill. Spotlight simply means that the competitors will be dancing one couple at a time. Events will often do this when they don’t have enough pros for a proper dinner show…The competition heats become the show.
Just prior to going on Mr. Jonathan noticed that every song that was being played was not only the same tempo but also the same genre…hiphop. With a twinkle in his eye he leaned in and asked Kim how good her moonwalk was and a look of shear horror covered her face!
“Moonwalk!?” She whispered through her teeth, “What the hell are you talking about!?”
“Never mind” Mr. J replied, “Please forget I even asked, I didn’t mean to freak you out” They both straightened up in their seats and their names where called…Here is what happened!
In Jack and Jill competition you can take first place with out all of the judges placing you in first. When every judge gives you first it is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a competitive couple. The expression is “getting a picket fence.” Mr. Jonathan and Kim Moonwalked their way to that picket fence on both of their very first competitions. They remain friends to this day and still love dancing with each other.
Mr. Jonathan was asked to choreograph a 2.5 minute routine with one of the teachers at a local middle school for one of their annual fundraisers. Thanks to the hard work from his partner Megan and some fun choreography, they managed to take first place!
Mr. Jonathan’s Favorite Charity
YouthStorm, Inc., founded in 2000 as a nonprofit organization for leadership development in youth services, has a rich history of partnering with parents, schools, churches, communities, and non-profit organizations to more effectively reach and support young people and their families. This has been accomplished through a wide array of activities and programs including conferences, camps, special events, training seminars, community service initiatives, internships and mentoring. Our vision is to unite, equip, and mobilize young people to understand their identities, to effectively fulfill their purposes, and to authentically impact their communities and world.
Here are 3 ways to perform Tuck Turns in WCS. The final way is a fun way to also transition into a whip.
What is a Tuck Turn?
A tuck turn is a 6 count basic beginning as a led inside turn or roll where the leader interrupts the follower’s rotation on 3. He changes her direction to an outside rotation beginning on the “&” count. By count 4 she is walking out of the pattern to her right and riding the leader’s connection all the way to the end of the slot.
The Lead hand on nearly all patterns in WCS is determined by which of the leader’s hands is the lowest or the closest to the center of the follower. As you can clearly see in the open tuck variation, the leader only needs the hand on the follower’s back (closest to her center). In the standard tuck the lead hand is the right hand which is the lowest in the pattern.
Where to Find Teaching Tuck Turns Mr. Jonathan
You can start Learning Tuck Turns and all other WCS patterns with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.
Look no further than this video with 2 fun whip exits and variations
Where to Find Mr. Jonathan
You can start Learning more fun whip exits and variations with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.