This clip was recorded at MADjam 2013, a local West Coast competition which attracts all the A-listers and champions of the West Coast Swing community. For those of you who aren't familiar with "Jack and Jill" competitions, it's a style of dance competition where men and women are randomly paired together, and then given a song also selected at random. Contestants are scored based on several categories, including technical accuracy, use of the space, chemistry, and an intangible category called "musicality," or the dancers' ability to respond to cues in the music such as pauses, speeding up, and other little clues from one another to give a playfulness to the dance. It is improv at its most artistic.
With the uprooting of my life which took place in the spring of last year when I moved away from Georgia to live here in the D.C. area, I lost touch with the amazingly friendly and tightly-knit community I belonged to down South. There is a huge West Coast community here in D.C. as well, and I've been able to attend several classes and social events. Shortly after I arrived in D.C., I was fortunate enough to take a series of classes with Lemery, the woman in the video. While I'm by no means up to the level of these two, I certainly aspire to it, and Lemery was incredibly helpful in advancing my skills. With my current class schedule and other extracurriculars being what they are though, I definitely haven't gotten as much practice as I'd like.
In any case, I highly recommend you take up social dancing of some kind. Not only will you meet many friendly and interesting people, you'll also develop the skills and confidence to handle yourself impressively at weddings and any other social event where dancing is done.
For more clips on West Coast, try these:
Slow and Smooth
Great Chemistry and Musicality