This blog is a space for critical review and presentation of dance events, competitions, choreographies, dancers, historical and contemporary footage, bands, DJs and my own personal development as a dancer. It is inclined towards lindy hop and traditional jazz genres, but is not limited by them.
My name is Carl Nelson. I dance both socially and competitively specializing in lindy hop, partner and solo charleston and other jazz dances from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. I teach both group and private lessons, as well as workshops. Additionally, I also DJ for dancers, playing a wide variety of jazz, blues and soul tunes. Some of my favorite artists being: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Sidney Bechet and Artie Shaw.
I also have experience with other dances (hip hop, ballet jazz, contact improv) and am always looking to broaden my dance experience. My current forays include tap and contemporary.
I have a degree in Philosophy from Concordia University in Montreal, and have also invested a good number of credits in creative writing, religion, education, and physics (which could probably merit at least two minors if I had bothered).
I co-run Lindybloggers.com with Alain Wong which has become the primary outlet for event reviews, etc. I also write a blog on lifestyle design called SlackerReform and my personal travelogue Vagabond Cafe.
Go to DancewithCarl.com for more information on privates, workshops, and group classes.