Album:2008:10-10 ULHS

For years I have avoided ULHS because I am philosophically opposed to it.

My problem stems from when I first heard about ULHS, because the organizer came to SF to promote it, but only quietly to the best dancers. Fuck that.

There are "rockstar" events and non-rockstar events. In this case I'm using "rockstar" in the derogatory sense to refer to the "best" dancers (please note use of quotes) who don't generally dance with other dancers. Fuck that as well.

I have found that rockstar events are the kind of events where feelings get hurt, people act exclusionary, and the vibe generally sucks. I see too many of my friends and fellow dancers get hurt by this that even the indirect effect is powerful. It's because of this that I boycotted the last Rhythmic Arts Festival, missing a San Diego Lindy event for the first time in many, many years. And I was happy I did it.

So - knowing all this - it's not surprising that when I showed up at ULHS this year I was continuously bombarded with surprised exclamations of "What are *you* doing here!?"

It was amusing. But the answer is that my grandfather (up in Alexandria) had just turned 90, and I wanted to go see him as well as the rest of my Minnesota family, no to mention buddy Mel who I hadn't seen much in many years.

Much to my surprise, ULHS was actually mostly entertaining. I think it helped that my expectations were so low - so it didn't really bother me much that time and time again the dances were interrupted by contests galore, or that often the music didn't fit my tastes. I didn't really see that many people effected by the rockstar attitude (though it was still there), so that helped as well. So it wasn't bad. And I got to see lots of people I haven't seen in a while. Don't know if I'll go back or if I'd recommend it to anyone, we'll see.

And, of course, I have almost no photos - but I'll possibly get more later.

I got to see old buddy Mel
from San Diego!
Even at ULHS the floor gets light
when fast music is played late at night. When will they ever learn?
Megan too!
Photo album generated by album a script by Dave on Tue Feb 9 18:42:23 2010