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Finding Self-Expression on the Dance Floor

February 17, 2024

Finding Self-Expression on the Dance Floor

February 17, 2024
Gabriela Novellino

Dancing is more than just a sequence of steps; it’s a profound form of self-expression, a language spoken through movement, rhythm, and emotion. As dancers, we embark on a journey to find ourselves on the dance floor, weaving our stories into the fabric of the music. This quest for personal expression is at the heart of Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, dance styles deeply rooted in Black American culture. In our pursuit of mastering these art forms, we must remember that dancing like ourselves is not only a goal but a tribute to the rich history and individuality inherent in these dances.

In the realm of Lindy Hop, renowned dancer Chester Whitmore beautifully encapsulates the essence of dance as “movement [that] is life itself.” It’s not just about executing choreography, but embodying the music, communicating emotions, and sharing our narratives through every sway and rhythm. As dancers, we have the power to transform our lived experiences into captivating movements that resonate with others on a profound level.

Chester Whitmore in “Dancing You” course at iLindy

The path to discovering our personal expression as dancers requires courage—the courage to step out of our comfort zones and explore the depths of our creativity. It demands vulnerability as we delve into the raw emotions that fuel our movements. Chester Whitmore emphasizes the importance of infusing our dance with authenticity, urging us to incorporate our real-life experiences into our movement vocabulary. It’s this authenticity that breathes life into our dance, making it relatable, impactful, and uniquely our own.

In the world of Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, individuality forms the very foundation. These dance styles celebrate diversity, encouraging dancers to embrace their uniqueness rather than imitating others. While it’s natural to admire and draw inspiration from fellow dancers, our ultimate goal should be to dance like ourselves—to tap into our own personal expression and share it with the world.


Having in mind the importance of self-expression in dance, iLindy has launched the revolutionary course Dancing You. Designed to empower dancers in their quest for self-expression, “Dancing You” provides the tools, guidance, and inspiration needed to unlock your unique dance style. Led by the master himself, Chester Whitmore, this course is a beacon of self-expression in a world of conformity.

“Movement is life itself.” – Chester Whitmore

Whether you’re a seasoned Lindy Hopper or a novice just dipping your toes into the world of swing dance, “Dancing You” offers something for everyone. With a curriculum focused on technique, improvisation, and introspection, students embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery on the dance floor.

As we navigate the intricacies of Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, let us remember the words of Chester Whitmore: “Movement is life itself.” Let us embrace the beauty of our own stories, weaving them into the tapestry of dance. Let us dance not to mimic others, but to celebrate the unique expression that lies within each of us. With “Dancing You” as our guide, we embark on a journey of self-discovery—one dance step at a time.

Gabriela Novellino

Gabs started dancing in 1995 at four years old and has never stopped. While spending a year abroad in Leeds, UK in 2012, she discovered the dances of the Jazz Age, fell hopelessly in love, and decided to dedicate her life to this passion. She acts as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, researcher, dj and event organizer primarily in Brazil, Chile, and other South American scenes. She specializes mainly in Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, 1920s’ Charleston and Collegiate Shag. During the pandemic, Gabs has reinvented herself in order to bring people together through dance in an online format, by hosting online classes, sharing interesting information on social media and organizing big events, such as América Latina Swings. She is also a huge history geek and loves to dig deeper into the roots of Jazz music and dance. As a guest in the culture, she honors the opportunity to share the legacy and culture of Black American artists who created this art form.
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