Hepcats Performance Group Activities

The Hepcats believe that competition type activities, particularily pefformance group activities, are one of the signs of a healthy and growing Lindy Hop/Balboa swing dance scene.

Competition type activities (of course, friendly and fun competitions) are beneficial to helping improve any Lindy Hop/Balboa swing dancer.  One of the best ways for an individual to take their Lindy Hop/Balboa swing dancing to the next level is to participate in a performance group, in jam circles, in a couples or jack & jill contest, etc.  These activities get the competitive juices flowing and are often the catalyst for individual improvement.

From about 2008-2013, the Hepcats sponsored numerous Lindy Hop performance group and competition type activities.  Unfortunately, the current state of the swing dance scene in the Lexington/central KY area is not conducive for such activities.  Could that change in the future?  Who knows…….

For those interested in previous/past Hepcats Lindy Hop performance group activites, see the info below.

What’s it like to put together / lead a performance group?

What’s it like to put together / lead a performance group?  To quickly summarize:  the great times, the good times, the not so good times; the trials, the tribulations; the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat; the different personalities, and yes, sometimes the drama – – and that was only the first rehearsal!

We (Mike & Mary) are getting our thoughts together…..check back for some of our lessons learned, useful tips, pearls of wisdom,……

Hepcats Performance Groups – there’s a place for you!

Want to take your swing dancing to the next level?  Want to be a part of the best and most bad*$& swing dancers in Lexington/central Kentucky?  Then a Hepcats Lindy Hop performance group is the place for you!

Mission:  The mission of Hepcats performance groups is to elevate the level and public awareness in the Lexington/central Kentucky area about Lindy Hop and Balboa swing dancing by providing a creative, fun and safe outlet for those swing dancers that want to participate in a performance group, and take their swing dancing to the next level.DSS11,6[1]

  Why performance groups?  The Hepcats believe that competition type activities (of course, friendly and fun competitions) are beneficial to helping improve any Lindy Hop/Balboa swing dancer.  One of the best ways for an individual to take their swing dancing to the next level is to participate in a performance group, in jam circles, in a couples or jack & jill contest, etc.  These activities get the competitive juices flowing and are often the catalyst for individual improvement.  The Hepcats also believe that performance group activities are one of the signs of a healthy and growing swing dance scene.

  Who participates?  Participants in Hepcats performance groups normally include a diverse group of people (past participants have included all ages from college students to grandparents!), but we all have some things in common:  a love of Lindy Hop; a desire to perform and share that love with others; and a desire to take our dancing to the next level.

The Hepcats sometimes sponsor not one, but two Lindy Hop performance groups:  the Rhythm Cats and the Razz Ma Tazz.  Check out the info below and find the performance group for you!

For questions/more info about Hepcats performance groups, contact Mike Richardson, 859-420-2426, info@luv2swingdance.com.

The Rhythm Cats!

The Rhythm Cats is a Lindy Hop performance group sponsored by the Hepcats Swing Dance Club.  Established by Mike & Mary Richardson via the Hepcats in 2008, the Rhythm Cats have competed and performed in local, regional and national level competitions and events and consisted of the best Lindy Hoppers in the Lexington/central Kentucky area.  And most of those dancers got their start with the Hepcats!

Check the Hepcats web site for info on the initial orientation/meeting for Hepcats performance group activities; you may also sign up for our email newsletter.  Or you can always contact Mike Richardson for more info.    

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The Razz Ma Tazz!

During the times that the Hepcats sponsor two performance groups, Razz Ma Tazz team members will generally consist of Hepcats performance group members with less competition and performing experience (although some Rhythm Cats members will fill in for a Razz Ma Tazz routine from time to time).  Many Razz Ma Tazz members will move up to the Rhythm Cats after learning one or two Razz Ma Tazz routines.  RC,ON1,1[2]

Assessment for participation in Hepcats performance groups normally takes place in early September of each year, although feel free to contact Mike Richardson to inquire about participating.


The bottom line
:  if you want to participate in a performance group and/or (1) you’re new or just starting out with Lindy Hop (2) you want to increase your ability level and technique and learn a lot of cool moves then a Hepcats Lindy Hop performance group is for you!

Contact Mike Richardson, 859-420-2426, info@luv2swingdance.com for any questions about Hepcats performance group activities.

Wanna be in a Hepcats performance group?

Sure you do – and we want you!   Here’s how you can get started:

o Check the Hepcats web site for info on the initial orientation/meeting for Hepcats performance group activities; you may also sign up for our email newsletter.  Or you can always contact Mike Richardson for more info.   

o The Hepcats sometimes conduct new member orientations/performance group samplers classes.  These classes are a great way to get started and see what participating in a Hepcats performance group is all about.  Info about these  classes will be on the Hepcats web site.

o  Lastly, if you’re interested in participating, just contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426, info@luv2swingdance.com.

Can I participate in a more limited way?

Sure can!  If you want to participate in a Hepcats performance group in a more limited way, the Hepcats can find a way to get you involved!  Contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426, info@luv2swingdance.com for more info.

Want some swing dancers at your event?

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We can come and help get the event started at a high energy level; liven up the event throughout the evening; or just add some atmosphere to the joint!

Contact Mike Richardson at 859-420-2426, info@luv2swingdance.com for more info.

Video Clips

I’m working on getting the links in this section for several video clips of Hepcats peformance group and other competition type activities.  Check back……