Lindy wins the 2006 US Open Showcase Champion

There’s a bit of a rivalry between Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing. Hoppers, as Lindy Hop dancers are sometimes called, claim that West Coast Swing is slow and for old people, while the West Coast Swing dancers (sometimes referred to as westies) claim that Hoppers lack technique and smoothness). The rivalry is mostly playful, but it is playful in a Cold War kind of way. Well, the best thing for both styles of swing dance happened this weekend: A Lindy routine won the Showcase division of the US Open of Swing Dance.

Despite the title “Open”, the US Open of Swing Dance is primarily a West Coast Swing event. People will cite various reasons for this. My opinion is that the West Coast Swing performances have been much better than the Lindy Hop performances over the last couple of decades. Since West Coast has consistently won the US Open titles, the Hoppers have slowly stopped showing up to the event. That is, until Ben Morris came to town (yes, Ben has been around for a while, but I’m trying to add some draaama to this story).

At the young age of 3 months (I keed, I keed, but Ben is very young), Ben is already an accomplished Lindy Hopper AND West Coast Swing dancer. Now, this talented cross-over performer has won the Hope Diamond of the Swing Dance world. The Showcase Division of the US Open has recently seen winners such as “So You Think You Can Dance” winner, Benji Schiwmmer and his partner Heidi Groskreutz (also a SYTYCD finalist) and “30 Seconds of Fame” winners, Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman. Past US Open championships have sported the likes of Mary Ann Nunez and Robert Royston.

I know there are many other swing dance legends from the past that I’m not mentioning here because I don’t know them off the top of my head. I’m not professing to be an expert on US Open history. The point is that Ben has accomplished something great here. This is not just because he had a wonderful performance. It is also because he brought Lindy back to life at the US Open. Huge congratulations to Ben Morris on his Showcase win at the 2006 US Open Swing Dance Championships.

Click here for the complete 2006 US Open results

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  1. William

    I think it’s great for Ben! Hooray, and congrats. All respect to Lindy as a dance form and part of the swing dance family dear to my heart. Lindy looks cool and has fantastic energy and vitality.
    However, I disagree with Jared about the Lindyhoppers. For a couple of reasons. One, their music has to catch up to the times. They are still dancing to 1940’s Benny Goodman swing music. C’mon! and Second, please lose the tennis shoes; especially the girls. It looks juvenile and unattractive. Why do you have to wear sneakers to dance Lindy??? What is it, a uniform or something? I think if they could adapt Lindy style to today’s contemporary dance music, alot more people would dance Lindy. Otherwise it seems like a dinosaur, a dying art form that couldn’t adapt to the changes.

  2. Thanks!,




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