Thank you Lindy Bouters from far and wide, new and old, for your love, swing outs, enthusiasm, and incredible spirit! As we entered our second decade we were nervous: how could we possibly top ten years of bouting? With everyone’s good will and hard work, we think we managed to have ourselves the best year yet. After four days of dancing with you our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.
To our Lindy Bout team who works year-round to make Lindy Bout happen, you are the life blood of this event — thank you! Amy Farahbakhsh, Barney Lee, Brian MacDonald, Carolyn Campbell, Chloe Sharpe, Doug Barber, Emrys Miller, Geoff Oakham, Jen Burgess, John Marian, Johnna Gurgel, JP McGlynn, Justin Lee, Kaitlin Russell, Laura Avelino, Léo Newman, Lindsay Leong, Lisa Marks, and Suzanna Wright.
To our weekend workers on the front lines armed with generosity and welcoming smiles — thank you! Dominique Melancon, Justin Milad, Laura Kwun, Liana Stammers, Tanya Lyons, Jason Yourk, Ania Budko, Annie Liang, Atour Mansor, Casi Goodman, Christine Deveau, Clare Riley, Darrel Yurychuk, Dave Henderson, Jade Pauk, Jenn Gamracy, Jenny Lee, John Shaw, Jon Ng, Lenka Nevesela, Lucas Decoste, Mary Cameron, Melissa Fong, Nicole Den Haan, Pomona Lake, Roy Abraham, Sofia Avelino, Spencer Reid, Stacey Ivanovic, Tori Knornelsen, and Vivek Mahajan.
To our judges, DJs, musicians, instructors, and emcees, your talent filled the house with knowledge and jazz — thank you! The Arntzens: Three Generations of Jazz, Alain Fragman, The Brothers Arntzen featuring Casey McGill, Claudia Nobauer, Eric Shaw, Evan Arntzen, Jasper Palfree, Jen Hodge, Joel Schwarz, Josh Roberts and the Josh Roberts Orchestra, Joshua Welter, Julia Franta, Katie Kihara, Krystal Moss, Laura Spencer, Leah Wilcox, Louise Schwarz, Mark Kihara, Meghan Gilmore, Miranda Longaker, Sylwia Bielec, and Turlough Myers.
To our safer spaces advocates who helped encourage and nurture the love in the room — thank you! Aaron Lewis, Ariel Goh, Beth Schwartz, Bill Ewanick, Cam Connor, Clare Riley, Claudia Nobauer, Devon Black, Flynn Strathearn, John Marian, Justin Lee, Kaitlin Russell, Kelsey Savage, Kofi Arthiabah, Leah Wilcox, Liana Stammers, Lisa Marks, Read Fenton, Spencer Reid, Teghan Godkin, Turlough Myers, Tynan Rollo, and Tyrel Brochu.
To Granville Island Island Brewing for their beer sponsorship — thank you!
To all the events that generously gave our champions prizes — thank you! Spring Fling, Camp Jitterbug, Summer Solstice Swing Dance Festival, Montréal Swing Riot, Seattle Lindy Extravaganza, Swing Out New Hampshire, Rhythm City Mess Around, Lindyworks, Lindy Harvest, Cat's Corner Exchange, Fog City Stomp, Northern Lights Dance Retreat, Rhythm Jam, O-Town Showdown, PLEX (the Prairie Lindy Exchange)
And finally thank you — you wonderful Lindy Bout participants! You share your courage in your competing, your happiness in your smiles, your love in your jazz, and we are so happy to have you at our event and call you Lindy Bouters.
We hope to see each of you April 5–8th, 2018, in beautiful Vancouver, BC for Lindy Bout XII!
Love and swing outs,
Stephanie McKernan Taylor (aka Bossy Mama)
Eileen Jones (aka Bossy Nomad)
Lucy Falkner (aka Bossy West)