Favorite Clips - Ramiro and Sylvia




I looove this clip of Ramiro Gonzalez and Sylvia Sykes social dancing. Many lindy hoppers and balboa dancers know Sylvia. She's what we'd call a "middle timer", not an original dancer from the swing era, but someone who directly learned from them. She took years and years of private lessons from Dean Collins and Maxie Dorf, got to teach with Frankie Manning, and dance with the old timers at various hangouts and events during the 70's through the 90's. Ramiro is someone you may not know. He's not a lindy hopper but was a top west coast swing dancer in the 1980's and 90's, when that dance had a much different look and feel. I think he's a true master dancer, a real genius. He's one of my favorite people to dance with or watch on the planet, whether leading or following -N

Some of my favorite moments:

0:35 His footwork!!!!

1:28 was that an accidental moment of spank-musicality?

2:09 Footwork

2:50 Always staying in time and within the 6 count basic those are frickin quintuple steps. Seriously. Count them out. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

http://www.dancewithramiro.com/ https://www.sylviasykes.com/



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