A profession where you do not have an eight-hour shift nor the need to clock in. But, on the other hand, it demands full-time dedication and engagement to the point that whoever works together becomes intimate friends with each other. That’s Evita Arce’s daily routine, she’s a Lindy Hopper living in the United States, who performs and participates in events around the world.
“I believe Lindy Hop is how my world works and is connected. It’s a healthy religion that keeps us all united and happy.”
Dancer, teacher and a happy little creature. That’s how Evita describes herself. And that’s easily confirmed when we watch any video that’s she’s on.
Evita’s passion for Lindy Hop started when she was in college. At eighteen as a freshman she saw a performance on a campus’s stage that stuck with her. She still remembers the song “Rockin in Rhythm” by Duke Ellington.
“I became so interested because of the energy I saw between the couples. I thought is was so exciting to dance with a partner and especially get thrown in the air.”
But Evita’s first contact with Swing Dances happened before this performance. She had seen the movie Swing Kids and a GAP commercial before.
In 2015, Evita and Michael, her long-time dance partner, participated on the last edition of the Jazz Dance Film Fest, a Swing Dance video competition. The couple got first place with “Tenderly Blues”. In the video, we can see the routine, acting and dance by the couple.
“I am very grateful to have done this with Michael because our dance partnership is so strong we are easily able to adapt and be creative on the spot.”
Evita emphasizes the importance of festivals that instigate people to develop their creativity: “It is wonderful. It pulls people to try and make something. It gives people a goal to aim for. And it celebrates us. That recognition and celebration is the most important.”
Between the aspects that the hopper considers when making a dance video, she highlights the image’s sharpness as the most important. Then, the accuracy of the timing. “If a video is missing frames or is in slow motion or is speed up it’s not as good of a depiction of the dance”. If the goal is to learn from the video, it is paramount to show the dancer’s whole body. She believes that face close-ups work well only if the intention is to produce some artistic or romantic material.
From the videos they produce, Evita and Michael created an online dance school. The couple have discussed a lot about this platform, because they believe it is very important to be active on your choices when you want to learn from online videos and not only watch whatever’s trending or what is recommended by websites like YouTube or Facebook.
If I were you, I would waste no more time and would head to learn from this wonder woman, even if remotely.
Revisão: Sarah Quines