I don’t blog that much about my favorite dance “The Lindy Hop“, but for today’s post I want to share with you an event that is close to my heart-ULHS…The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans. And why today? Well this weekend marks the very last time this event will run, as the organizer is hanging up her hat (after 14 years) and letting it become a slightly different event called the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

What was ULHS? Well simply, it was a weekend in New Orleans (birthplace of Jazz) that featured Lindy Hop Dance competitions, Live New Orleans music, jazz club dance crawls, Second Line Parades, cool vintage buildings for dance venues and so much dancing! It was pure magic and one of the best events I have every attended.

Check out this AMAZING Video created for its 10th Anniversary that features outstanding Lindy Hop and takes you from its original start in Minneapolis to its final stop in New Orleans (seriously..watch this video).

Now for today’s blog I wanted to fill it up with pictures and some videos of the weekends I attended (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) to create one big I LOVE ULHS post.

Let’s Begin…

New Orleans

New Orleans Street Sign
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Outside of Anne Rices Old House (I think it was lol)

We ate at so many yummy restaurants, like our favorite Coop’s.

Coop's New Orleans

And another favorite of ours “Yo Mama’s” even at one point had a very interestingly placed pole in their dining room (it sadly is behind a wall now).

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

Yo Mama's New Orleans

The Music and Second Line Parades

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

The Competitions & the Dancing

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: Dean Villafuerte
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
Photo: d.tom
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Some Toronto dancer friends
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: d.tom

In 2009 at my first ULHS I was able to dance in the WW2 museum in the city. Simply..Amazing.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

The Fun-Ohhh the fun! I was lucky that every time I went to this event, many of my Swing Dancing friends were attending as well so it always turned into a good party. Here a collection of some of those images.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans is always a party and you just never know who might grab you to dance.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans
At Yo Mama’s (after the pole was put behind the wall)

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

We even were able to dance on a historic Paddlewheeler-The Creole Queen one year.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orelans

New Orleans
Drinking out of a Fishbowl is a must in NOLA

My husband always manages to get in all the photos with the pretty ladies haha 🙂

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Photo: d.tom

My turn with all the handsome men…man…and ummm…..

New Orleans
Never a dull moment in New Orleans

Love this photo. Taking a break at a super outdoor market on Frenchmen street with a dear friend.

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans

Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown New Orleans
Big Canadian Photo of us all at ULHS

I’m going to end my post with a video from one of the late night dances on Bourbon Street in 2009. The band is the fantastic Loose Marbles at the bar Fritzels.

Thanks for the fun Amy Johnson and Team!

Question Time: Have you been to New Orleans? Or maybe you attended ULHS yourself and if so how was your experience?

Liz 🙂

 

 

6 comments on “Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans: The Memories”

  1. That looks like such an incredible event! How great that you were able to attend while it was still in its current Lindy Bop centered form. Thank you for sharing these great travel (and dance) memories with us, sweet lady.

    Have a stellar first weekend of October!
    ♥ Jessica

  2. It looks like lots of fun, those pictures of the dancers in mid move are fabulous. I would like to go to New Orleans one day, it seems like it would be so atmospheric and I know I would love all the music!

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