The Master of Minimalism. The Ambassador of Brevity. To the untrained eye, Sid may come across a bit ‘Victor Meldrew’ but once you tickle him under his beard, he is a most excellent friend and knowledgeable companion. A man about town, Sid can guide you around the finest eateries and watering holes in the U.K. and beyond. If that wasn’t enough, ask him about his music preferences. You are in for an education. Sid’s love of all things swing, Rhythm and Blues, Funk and Motown is enough to make you ashamed of your record collection. And if you want to dance, his self-professed ‘solid swing out’ is enough to keep the most demanding follow happy. Read on and learn about a ML original and then go and say hello.
When and why did you start dancing?
Some time in 1999 a friend from University needed some moral support and a lead to learn Lindy Hop in London. I was that lead… She lasted 6 weeks, I’m still dancing!
Has Lindy Hop affected you in ways you haven’t expected?
Not really, I kind of expected to get generally fitter, meet lots of interesting people, go to exciting events around the world and meet more people, see amazing bands, listen to great music, meet people and dance a bit…
Where do you like to dance outside of Manchester?
I like dancing anywhere that the music is good.
What made you decide to join the committee?
I am an original committee member.
What are your favourite shoes to dance in?
Gaffer-tape-soled Converse Jack Purcells.
What worries you the most during a social dance?
Bad floor craft.
What’s would someone say your signature move is on a social dance floor?
A solid swing out.
If you had to put in to words what a good dance feels like, what would you compare it to?
A great conversation.
Name one difficulty you have faced learning to dance. How have you dealt with it?
Confidence in my ability to dance.
As a lead I always felt lacking in confidence when asking people to dance…
It took me the best part of 6 years to realise the importance to learning (and the fun) of social dancing… It took a few encouraging follows to ask me to dance and get me to believe I was getting better.
What’s the number one rule any good Lindy Hopper must follow?
Who are your favourite dancers to watch?
My friends, the people ML have introduced to Lindy, oh, and Frankie, Al, Leon and Fred Astaire.
Is there such a thing as a mistake in Lindy Hop?
That’s a loaded question! Bad clothing choices.Unfortunate DJ selections (irrespective of the genre, it’s got to swing!)
What are your hopes for the Lindy community in the future?
More dancing, more music, more Manchester Lindy!