The New York University Intercollegiate Swing Exchange (NISE) is a very special event to both of us. Brian started the event at NYU when he was a junior and President of the NYU Swing Dance Society, and the event has been running successfully for the past five years. It is also special to Samantha as it is her “swingaversary!”. It was at NISE when she knew she wanted to be a swing dancer for life.
The event consists of two main parts, a series of workshops in the morning into the afternoon, and an awesome social dance and competition in the evening. We taught a smattering of 6-count and 8-count swing, and solo and partnered Charleston to new awesome dancers! We had a blast. And Samantha sported a bow tie all the while. (Click here for proof!)
In the evening we enjoyed the night by stealing social dances every time we could between the evening’s competitions and performances! Brian was the competition coordinator, and served as the MC for a good portion of the night directing and energizing the dancers for the Strictly, Jack and Jill, and Solo Charleston competitions. Samantha had the daunting task of judging the competitions, which was so very difficult with so many unique and talented dancers competing! Before the awards ceremony we performed our new favorite routine, “The Lady’s in Love with You”, and received such wonderful feedback.
It is incredible to see how every year the event has grown and grown! It is also incredible to be on a different side of the planning process, to act as consultants to making the event run smoothly, and being on the side as the ones hired to teach, judge, and perform at the event! Though by the end of the day we were absolutely exhausted, every single moment was worth it. We can’t wait for next year!
>> Click here to check out our blog post from last year’s NISE (2013)!