Midsummer Night Swing 2013: Hand dance

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  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Noffar Gat

    Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

Photograph: Noffar Gat

Lawrence Bradford (pictured with BJ Jones) teaches hand dance on July 3 at Midsummer Night Swing

Instructor: Lawrence Bradford, founder of Smooth and EZ Hand Dance Institute (smoothnez.com). Pictured with dance partner BJ Jones.


What it is: A style of swing that developed in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, with an emphasis on close contact and turns usually accompanied by soul, R&B, Motown and blues music.


What the name means: “I have absolutely no understanding why [it’s called hand dancing], and I’m not crazy about the name, but I am crazy about the dance, so I have to take the bitter with the sweet.  When I first learned hand dance in 1956, we just called it ‘fast dance’: You danced fast or you danced slow, and it was just that simple.”


When to do it: July 3, with Urban Guerrilla Orchestra. Get nice and tight with your partner when the Philadelphia nine-piece plays ’60s and ’70s soul, R&B and Motown. Qool DJ Marv opens with an era-appropriate set.


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9 comments
Robin Tittley
Robin Tittley

AWESOME!!!!!!! I enjoyed it very much..... Brad and BJ are always breathtaking! BJ has a smooth and sexy flare that we all love to watch! Great job!

Robin Tittley
Robin Tittley

AWESOME!!!!!!! I enjoyed it very much..... Brad and BJ are always breathtaking! BJ has a smooth and sexy flare that we all love to watch! Great job!

Natalie Bishop
Natalie Bishop

AWESOME....I loved it !!! You guys indeed embody the True Essence of "Hand Dancing"

Cheryl
Cheryl

BJ "So talented" Jonesssssss! Awesome job!

Alex P.
Alex P.

This is great. Way to represent.

Demetrius J.
Demetrius J.

Thanks BJ, I LOVE IT!!! You are smooth, flawless & sexy. Hey Brad, you alright.....LOL. Thanks big bruh, I just stole every move you just did LMBO!!

Lawrence Bradford aka Brad
Lawrence Bradford aka Brad

Smooth and Easy is proud to have represented Hand Dance at the prestigious Lincoln Center's "mid Summer Nights Swing". A special thanks to those who helped to make it happen!!

aprilnyc
aprilnyc

I hope to learn something to take away at the Midsummer Night Swing lesson.

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