Swing Central has started up a So You Think You Can PARTNER Dance competition this month (info here), as a take-off on the TV show. It started last night, and before you all start wondering, no, I'm not in it. I was having partner-finding difficulties for a while, then I did too many redowas last week and got unhappy shins and ankles. So at that point I just got kind of frustrated with the whole thing and wrote it off. (My dancing parts are feeling mostly better now, though I was dancing rather gingerly last night.) But I will be going to Swing Central every Tuesday this month to watch the contest, at least.
Last night they started things off by playing a series of different dances (swing, waltz, tango, salsa, cha cha, polka, hustle) for the contestants to dance to. They had the option to dance to anything they wanted, as long as they did at least three of them. In future weeks, they'll have fewer dances, with one particular style each week being required. As the competition gets narrowed down, the couples will also start getting to dance one at a time, rather than all at once, which will make it easier to be a spectator/voter. There were definitely some people I watched more than others when they all danced together, though that probably bodes well for them anyway, if they can hold attention like that.
Anyway, I'm not going to publicly post my prediction for who will win this, since I know too many of the people involved. It'll be fun to watch, though. I encourage everyone to come by for some swing dancing and spectating. (The competition happens in the middle of the regular Swing Central dance, so there's still lots of just regular dancing.)