Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Hobbies

Here we are again, 7 months after publishing a shameful post apologizing for not having posted for two months. For all my good intentions I must admit my return to blogging didn't last long. This time, although determined not to lose my motivation again, I hope so slip back in to blogging rather than jump back in with a long, apologetic post which will ultimately leave me feeling pressured and guilty. So here we go, straight into a new post...wish me luck?

This post is entitled 'new hobbies' although in truth it would have been more accurate for me to have written 'new hobby', with the hobby in question being lindyhop. In my first year of university, spending money and going out was something I was terrified of doing, not wanting to spend away my student loan. As a result, my only real hobby was blogging which, as we have seen, did not last forever. However, with the very long break over Summer, I have really been able to get out and actually do things, finding new interests such as lindyhop and also developing a minor obsession with comics (neglecting to mention that here as I was unsure it would interest my readers but I'd love to know if you want to hear about it). 

Me at my first lindyhop event, completely clueless as to how to dance! (I'm on the right!)

For those that don't know, lindyhop is a form of swing dance which evolved in Harlem in the 20s and 30s continuing into the 40s, and is danced to the jazz and swing music which was popular at the time. It's a very loose dance, performed in a loose posture with bent knees and, I suppose, can be considered the street dance of the time due to this (it's not old-fashioned in a fuddy duddy sense, I promise!). For those that have a liking for the retro and vintage, or even those who don't, it is enormous fun. As someone who has always been a clumsy heffalump with two left feet, it feels amazing to actually be able to dance, and through attending social dances I have been able to dance with some incredible and experienced leads who guided me into dance moves I would never have otherwise been able to do. I am currently still a newbie, only 4-5 months into my lindyhop journey so am by no means a great dancer, but have learnt so much in that time.  As a student teacher, I am also so excited by the prospect of introducing lindyhop to the children I will one day teach. How cute would they look dancing around to the music of the swing era?

The INCREDIBLE dancing of Whitey's Lindyhoppers in 1941

Do you lindyhop or do any kind of dancing? What new hobbies have you found recently?

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  1. This is such a cool hobby - I would love to learn how to do the lindyhop as well but I am so bad at choreographed dancing that I think it would just be a big ole mess! Love this photo of you as well!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    1. You should have a go! I'm usually hopeless at dancing but felt much more comfortable with lindyhop. And it's a social dance so it isn't choreographed and it you mess up, you can just blame the lead...although I never do that ;)

  2. I've never heard of lindyhop before, but it sounds so fun! It's always fun to try new things at uni and there's so many opportunities to do so! Keep us updated on how you get on with it(: Abi |

  3. That sounds like so much fun! Your picture is so cute and fun!! I love the dress that you're wearing in it too! It's beautiful!

    Shannon Sage

  4. Wow it sounds so much fun! I have cringey memories of being made to do lindyhop in dance at school, lets just say it wasn't my best experience of the dance xD your blog is lovely, I'm now following you on GFC! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

  5. Ah I did a lindyhop class...I had two left feet but loved it!!
    30 Plus and Beautiful

  6. That sounds like such a fun hobby! Blogging has definitely been my main hobby this year!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  7. I've never heard of it before but it sounds like such a laugh :D xx

  8. Really interesting post, I love learning about new things and have never heard of lindyhop. Your look lovely in the vintage dress too!! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

  9. I've never done it before, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

    Made in MauveBloglovin

  10. Sounds like you had fun! I'd never even heard of that style of dance before.

    Jess x

  11. This sounds like so much fun! I've never heard of lindyhop before :)
    Happy new year!
    Charlotte Luisa |

  12. I really enjoyed this post! Lindyhop does sound like a lot of fun! I look forward to reading more of your posts. Stop by my YT or my blog if you wish -


  13. I hadn't even heard of Lindyhop before but it seems really cool. Though I don't know if I'd be coordinated enough to do it!

  14. Sounds so fun, something I have never heard of before. I absolutely love your dress too x

    Tamz |

  15. This is awesome! I've recently taken up cross stitch and I'm really enjoying it. It's amazing how important hobbies can be in our life.

    Liza xx

  16. I bet that is a tonne of fun! I did salsa for a little while and it was always amazing dancing with the instructor because you'd end up doing things you didn't think you could possibly ever do! My hobby is cooking and I've loved getting back into it over the Christmas holidays!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  17. it sounds so funny, lindyhop! I had no idea that was a word let alone a dance. It looks really fun though, I might give it a try!!

  18. Oh Lindyhop is much fun (and completely impossible). I've tried it once as part of a class in Dance & Performance, and I had a blast! Seems like you're enjoying it too :D x

    - Anne @ annesmiles

  19. I did the lindyhop in year 6! Looking back, I had so much fun doing it! I may regret saying that ha!

  20. wow, this looks great, what an awesome hobby. Your followers looks very supportive and stuck by you. I think we need breaks some times, and it's okay just to pop back on and blog when you want to- it's your blog after all xx
    Love Stephanie Dreams


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