Jamie has been teaching at EUSDS, with various partners, since EUSDS's
foundation in 1997. He has been dancing and teaching swing styles for
over a decade, and has a particular interest in reviving 'minority'
swing styles as well as Lindy Hop. To this end, he introduced the first
classes to Scotland, in styles such as Balboa, Collegiate Shag
and Lamanu, and has also run workshops on the skills of teaching
dance. He and Katie make up the teaching
team The Swing Doctors.
Jamie's main interest is in social (rather
than competitive) dance, and
he centres classes on the basic
principles of the dances, and on lead-follow communication. A supporter
of the extension of the 'open source'
movement beyond software to other information, he has always provided
tuition, notes, video sequences etc free of charge: if you want to pay
for the dance you have learned, please do so by passing it on to others
As well as teaching for EUSDS,
Jamie has taught for ESDS,
Flyright, Swingout-Scotland, St
Andrews SDS and at various 'dance camps', including Folk Dance
festivals (because swing dances are the folk dances of the industrial
age). Teaming up with others, The Swing Doctors also bring dance to
1940s and 1950s re-enactment weekends run by Historic Scotland etc,
to present swing dances in their historical context. In 1999, he was
elected a member of the Institute of
Teaching and Learning and in 2004 was elected to the UNESCO
International Council of Dance.
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