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The Naked Truth: Real Talk about West Coast Swing

70 EpisodesProduced by Eric JacobsonWebsite

A weekly podcast where host Eric Jacobson discusses West Coast Swing, our dance community, and the impact they both have on all of us personally.


LeAnn & Michael Norris (Part 2)

In the second part of our conversation with champion Shag dancers Leann and Michael Norris, we talk about a variety of topics. We begin with a discussion of Michael's US Open-winning routine with Kellese Key and how they developed their choreography. They talked with us about taking over Grand Nationals from Charlie Womble and Jackie McGee, the challenges of running the event, and their reflections on honoring the event's history for its 25th anniversary. We asked them how the Shag community respects their history, what it looks like when Shag evolves, and how West Coast Swing has influenced their dance. And we got a chance to ask them about what they hope Shag will adopt from West Coast Swing, as well as what they hope their own legacy will be. It's a conversation that's as sweet, insightful, down-to-earth, and charming as our two guests!

footnotesMichael and Leann NorrisUSA Grand Nationals Dance ChampionshipMichael Norris & Kellese Key - GNDC 2007Michael Norris & Kellese Key - US Open 2007Michael Norris & Kellese Key - practicing 83Michael Norris & Kellese Key - GNDC 2009Michael & LeAnn Norris - GNDC 2019Robert Cordoba & Deborah Székely - GNDC 2019Charlie Womble & Jackie McGee - US Open 1995

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