ABOUT David ZenJazzDancer (Login to Contact David ZenJazzDancer )

I would like to find a regular dance practice partner. I'm mainly interested in Savoy and Smooth Lindy and Bal-Swing. I like to remember Zen Master Hakuin's saying "Singing and dancing are the voice of the Dharma." See, for example: http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Song_of_Zazen.htm See you in class!

DANCE HISTORY

I learned the Virginia Reel contra dance in 5th grade danced to the song "Oh Johnny Oh," learned jitterbug, cha-cha, fox-trot, and waltz in junior high school and won a Fabian 45 rpm record for cha-cha. I don't remember what songs were on the record. In the 1970s and 1980s, I did square dancing and contra dancing at GWU, St. Alban's School for Boys at the National Cathedral, and Glen Echo. Took lessons from Tom & Debra in 2001 and again in 2006. Also lessons with David Rehm, Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte, Hutch and other teachers at The Vienna Tap Room, Dabe & Janelle, and lots of workshops. Didn't go to dances much. Took WCS lessons from Ed and Gail at Colvin Run and Lara Deni in early 2016. Started beginner classes with Sue & Gary in May 2016. Started going to dances every Friday at Dulles Hilton and sometimes at Glen Echo on Saturdays. I have continued with intermediate classes with Sue & Gary and going to dances.

OTHER INTERESTS

Vegan advocate and back line activist; opportunistic photographer, but mainly interested in photographing patterns, nature, animals, thing people usually overlook; I only photograph people from the back; former performing musician and songwriter for 59 years (jazz, rock, pop, folk, blues, R&B); performed at a few GottaSwing dances. I enjoy walking in nature and petting animals. Other interests: nonduality, consciousness, meditation, techno-shamanism, science fiction. I have several websites showcasing my interests. I have worked as a computer programmer/analyst since 1981; have been developing database web applications since 1997.

Dance Styles

Balboa Boogie Woogie Bop
Carolina Shag Charleston Collegate Shag
Dallas Push Hand Dancing Imperial
Jitterbug Lindy Hop Other
St. Louis Shag West Coast Swing

Music

80s Rock Big Band Swing Boogie Woogie
Gypsy Jazz Jazz Motown
Neo-swing Other Rock & Roll
Rythm & Blues

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