Dance
Dancers hear music choice and room fills with laughter
Her "solo" is incredible.
Eduardo Gaskell
06.16.22

The Intercontinental Hotel in Budapest, Hungary hosted the Budafest 2022 which featured a host of activities including a West Coast swing competition.

Dancers came to show off their fancy footwork, which they knew would be immortalized on social media.

So no pressure then.

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Kyle Redd and Nicole Ramirez weren’t expecting to be paired during the event.

But these two are amazing dancers in their own right and this competition is super fun.

As both Kyle and Nicole are called to the dance floor, a hilarious exchange ensues especially when the song starts playing. Kyle doesn’t seem to know it which is odd.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

The song is Abba’s “Mamma Mia”.

It’s perfect for an upbeat dance like the swing when you think about it. This is a fun, improvisational style of dancing which allows the lady or her partner to lead or follow as needed.

The dance is traditionally danced to slower, blues-style swing music, but a recent resurgence sees many dancers taking the West Coast Swing to hip hop, R&B and pop music.

Swing dancing developed in the 1940s on the West Coast of California.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

The West Coast Swing is a “slotted” dance.

The lady or follower travels forward and backward along a straight line on the floor while the leader guides the turns and variations from one spot.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

They say this “slot” was developed in Hollywood since wide angled lenses had not yet been invented.

The dancers needed to be in straight lines so directors could focus the camera on them.

This “slotted” style became super popular and is now danced this way today.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

Kyle and Nicole have a little discussion as to how to dance to the song since Kyle doesn’t seem to know it. So Nicole explodes into a quick ballerina jazz type of freestyle dance while Kyle sat down.

Look at her go!

FrankMac59 loved her little solo so much he commented,

“That solo was extraordinary! If Nicole’s energy and enthusiasm could be harnessed, it would power a large town! And that’s not counting the joy she exudes.”

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

Kyle now knows he has to get up and dance.

From a man who says he has no idea what to do, he suddenly catches Nicole’s vibe and joins her in an energetic routine full of smooth footwork, spins, and exciting transitions.

The audience cheers them on, Nicole following Kyle’s lead even though she’s the one injecting all the impressive moves.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

Kyle had to sit and listen to the song for a few minutes but he’s a pro so he caught on easily.

He just guides Nicole along the floor, letting her jump and spin while he glides with his feet.

“Even though a lot of the song was already played for the audience, Kyle willingly took it on and lead fantastically! Nicole expressed herself so freely while dancing which made it so fun. They both did a wonderful job!!” says another viewer.

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YouTube - West Coast Swing

Yes they did. It’s not easy being put on the spot like that with a random partner and still pull off an amazing dance.

Sometimes you just have to sit back and reset before dancing.

Nicole was so willing to go. Kyle rose to the challenge and put on an unforgettable dance for everyone.

Have some fun with these two dancers in the video below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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