Online Jazz (vernacular) Dance Lesson Video: Hot Pockets Part 1
A ladies stylized line dance full of traditional jazz steps and intricate fast footwork. Choreography is by Jojo Jackson & Giselle to the tune "Happy Feet", 2005. The routine works for any 32 bar jazz structure (5 choruses) and contains break steps (like Shim Sham) for each section. This line dance is inspired by the men's line dance sausages (Peter Vawter & Kevin St. Laurent). Hot Pockets is purposely difficult to break-down when watching it performed to fast music. As a community builder, it gives follows an opportunity to teach each other through oral tradition.
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Giselle has been a pioneer and a unique voice in the Lindy community for over a decade. She has appeared at New Orleans Jazz Fest with Miss Sophie Lee and was featured on the television show, After The Catch. An experienced instructor, she has taught at key dance events including Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden. Giselle is also the founder of Girl Jam, the first dance festival devoted to honoring women in jazz music and dance. She spends her weekends performing on the streets of New Orleans, captivating passersby with her distinctive, rhythmic style.
Giselle is a traditional jazz dancer that is well versed in early American vernacular dance. She has dedicated herself to the preservation of this art form as a researcher and instructor. Her passion for history has allowed her to meet and study with influential dancers from various generations, such as Dr. Jeni Legon, Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, and Chester Whitmore. She is an internationally known instructor, performer, choreographer, competitor, judge, social dancer, and DJ. She has been an organizer and participant of several swing dance clubs, festivals and events throughout the world since 1999.
Affiliations include the San Diego Lindy Hop Society, Los Angeles Lindy Exchange, Mad-Dog dance troupe, SoCal Sugar Babies chorus, Cherries Jubilee chorus, and Olio The Show, a modern day jazz production. She is founder of Girl Jams; festivals dedicated to honoring women in jazz music and dance history. She has taught students of all ages and levels at the Firehouse Swing School, The Wood Room, Keiller Leadership Academy, Centro Cultural de la Raza, and the University of CA Irvine. She has taught at well-known dance camps and music festivals, such as French Quarter Festival and Satchmo Festival. She has performed at Jazz Fest with Miss Sophie Lee and has been featured on the television show, "After the Catch". Giselle currently lives in New Orleans, working with traditional jazz bands on a regular basis. She teaches and performs with the NOLA Jitterbugs Dance School/LLC and is member of the Wild Dominos dance troupe. Giselle acts as participating board member of the NOLA Jitterbugs Initiative, a non-profit that builds stronger community through social dance.