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Swing Stuff

Swing Stuff

By Ruby Bell
Born out of early 20th century America, swing dancing - and the jazz music that inspires it - is an art form that is still loved and practiced worldwide. Join host Ruby Bell and special guests for a deep dive into swing dancing, swing music, and all of the various stuff that intersects with swing dance culture both historically and today.
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Women in Jazz with Earanee Niedzwiecki
Who are the womxn musicians, composers, and bandleaders of the Swing Era that we should know about? What can we learn about their stories? How can we support womxn in jazz today? Host of ‘Women in Jazz’ podcast, Earanee Niedzwiecki, joins us today for a chat. -- Links and resources mentioned in this episode:  Women in Jazz Starter Pack - Spotify Playlist  About Earanee: Women In Jazz - Website Women In Jazz - Patreon Books Mentioned: Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez White Tears, Brown Scars - Ruby Hamad Some Liked It Hot - Jazz Women in Film and Television - Kristin A McGee Swing Shift -  “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s - Sherrie Tucker Artists: Jane Sager Willie Mae Wong Gladys Bently ○  ‘I am a Woman’ - Article ○  ‘If This Be Sin - Picture Book’ ○  Map of Harlem - Gladys’ Clam House ○  Okeh Records International Sweethearts of Rhythm - Panel Discussion on YouTube Marie Anne Standaert Lil Hardin Armstrong Mary Lou Williams Ella Fitzgerald Melba Liston Jutta Hipp Maxine Sullivan Articles:  Women in STEM Industries study Documentaries:  'Girls in The Band' - Watch free on HERFLIX -- Any feedback for the show? Get in touch at hello@swingstuff.com Support the podcast on Patreon! If you like the show, please leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts! It helps others find the show, and gives Ruby a warm and happy feeling of love and validation. Website: www.swingstuff.com Insta: @swingstuffpodcast Host, Producer, Editor: Ruby Bell Very Special Guest: Earanee Niedzwiecki  Show Art, Technical Support, and Unwavering Moral Support: Jonathan Topf Sweet Sweet Music: ‘Tea for Two’ by The Shirt Tail Stompers
01:08:38
July 14, 2020
'How Do You Run an Event?' with Michaela Delmonte
What does an event organiser do? What advice would you give to people running their first event? How can we be flexible and respond to change? Michaela Delmonte, London-based dancer and event organiser, joins us for this episode. -- This month, Michaela Delmonte joins us for a chat about swing dance events. Michaela has been a part of the events team behind London Swing Festival and London Throwdown, and kindly offered to share her experience on what it's like to be behind the scenes of running an event. Any feedback for the show? Get in touch at hello@swingstuff.com Support the podcast on Patreon! If you like the show, please leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts! It helps others find the show, and gives Ruby a warm and happy feeling of love and validation. Website: www.swingstuff.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/swingstuffpodcast Insta: @swingstuffpodcast Twitter: @swingstuffpod Host, Producer, Editor: Ruby Bell @rubysbells Very Special Guest: Michaela Delmonte www.michaeladelmonte.com Show Art, Technical Support, and Unwavering Moral Support: Jonathan Topf Sweet Sweet Music: ‘Tea for Two’ by The Shirt Tail Stompers
49:37
May 1, 2020
'How Do You Produce a Show?' with Nancy Hitzig
How do you take an idea to the stage? How do you apply for funding? How do you make a swing show accessible to a non-dancing audience? This month we're joined by dancer, fundraiser, and creative producer, Nancy Hitzig. -- In 2019, Nancy Hitzig and Cat Foley launched a project called Swing Sister Swing - an original swing dance and swing music show celebrating womxn choreographers, musicians and jazz dance. In today's episode, Nancy shares her experience of taking an idea and a story to the stage, along with the logistical and creative decision-making involved in this process. Any feedback for the show? Get in touch at hello@swingstuff.com Support the podcast on Patreon! If you like the show, please leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts! It helps others find the show, and gives Ruby a warm and happy feeling of love and validation. Website: www.swingstuff.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/swingstuffpodcast Insta: @swingstuffpodcast Twitter: @swingstuffpod Host, Producer, Editor: Ruby Bell @rubysbells Very Special Guest: Nancy Hitzig @nothingbuthitz Show Art, Technical Support, and Unwavering Moral Support: Jonathan Topf Sweet Sweet Music: ‘Tea for Two’ by The Shirt Tail Stompers
01:18:38
April 3, 2020
Black Hair Stories with Korantema Anyimadu
What is tangible and intangible heritage? What can we learn about Black Hair History? How do you save time by choreographing in your dreams?! London-based dancer, Korantema Anyimadu, shares her time with us on this very special episode. -- Korantema Anyimadu is a London-based jazz dancer and independent curator working in heritage and the arts. In 2019, she won a Making History award from the Mayor of London for her exhibition, Plaits, Princesses, and Pink Moisturiser - an exploration of Black Hair Stories. Korantema is deeply passionate about cultural heritage, and in today’s episode we talked about her research in West African dance, her experience as a solo jazz dancer today, and her research into Black hair history. Any feedback for the show? Get in touch at hello@swingstuff.com Support the podcast on Patreon! If you like the show, please leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts! It helps others find the show, and gives Ruby a warm and happy feeling of love and validation. Website: www.swingstuff.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/swingstuffpodcast Insta: @swingstuffpodcast Twitter: @swingstuffpod Host, Producer, Editor: Ruby Bell @rubysbells Very Special Guest: Korantema Anyimadu @quarantimah Show Art, Technical Support, and Unwavering Moral Support: Jonathan Topf Sweet Sweet Music: ‘Tea for Two’ by The Shirt Tail Stompers
52:49
March 6, 2020
DJ Stuff with Sarah Spoon
What does a DJ do? How does one become a DJ? What are your emergency bangers? International DJ Sarah Spoon lays down the facts, opinions, and factual opinions. -- Sarah Spoon has been DJing for dancers for several years and has DJ’d in the UK, the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. We talked about how to get started DJing, what it means to be professional, and whats involved when it comes to DJing for dancers. Towards the end of the podcast we talked about Sarah’s experience of coming out as agender, which is a term that falls under the non-binary category umbrella - and what that experience has been like so far for them. Any feedback for the show? Get in touch at hello@swingstuff.com Support the podcast on Patreon! If you like the show, please leave us a review and rate us on Apple Podcasts! It helps others find the show, and gives Ruby a warm and happy feeling of love and validation. Website: www.swingstuff.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/swingstuffpodcast Insta: @swingstuffpodcast Twitter: @swingstuffpod Host, Producer, Editor: Ruby Bell @rubysbells Very Special Guest: Sarah Spoon @lazyvintagegxl Show Art, Technical Support, and Unwavering Moral Support: Jonathan Topf Sweet Sweet Music: ‘Tea for Two’ by The Shirt Tail Stompers
01:25:37
February 5, 2020
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January 24, 2020