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Swing dancers step on stage – steal the show winning first place with a rock & roll twist

January 7th, 2020

Every once in a while a video comes along that inspires you to want to do better. It inspires you to get up and go for whatever it is that you’ve been putting off.

But it isn’t a video of a motivational speaker hammering away at a point. Instead, it’s a dance video?

That’s right. There’s no easy way to explain it but dance videos sure do have a way of inspiring people. Maybe there’s something satisfying about seeing others having a great time doing what they love.

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Sure, motivational speaking videos are inspirational as well but until you’ve witnessed someone going full-speed at their goal all while wearing a smile? It’s pretty difficult to not want to get up and do something yourself.

Swing dancing duo Ben Morris and Jennifer DeLuca have a reputation for being an amazing dance pair. And when you watch any of their videos, you’ll easily see why. They’re supremely talented at what they do.

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In 2015, they won first place in the Classic Division routine at the Capital Swing Dancers’ Presidents’ Day weekend convention in Sacramento, California. The competition was held at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel.

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Dancers from all over come to flex their dancing skills in front of their fellow peers and judges, vying for the top spot. It’s a pretty prestigious event as it is approaching its 28th anniversary this year in February.

Morris and DeLuca danced to George Thorogood & The Destroyers, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

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The original version was performed by Amos Milburn in 1953 and written by Rudy Toombs. Just as Thorogood put his spin on the song by turning it into a medley, Morris and DeLuca used a twist of their own with their routine! Though the song falls under the genre of blues music, the pair performed a swing dance routine to it.

Both scenarios show that putting one’s own spin on something can make things fun and unique.

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Morris and DeLuca dance so well with each other, it’s difficult to look away. Yet, it’s quite easy to see how they make a winning combination. They communicate with their movements effortlessly and have a true passion for what they do.

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The audience whistles and cheers as Morris dips DeLuca and as they perform complex footwork that undoubtedly took them much time to perfect. Truly, their steps are meticulously calculated and executed with such precision.

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Their movements are buttery smooth. Even when they pick up the pace, it’s always one nice fluid move. If they ever miss a step, it’s doubtful viewers would even know. How can anyone not be inspired by them?

Not only is their footwork quite impressive, but the way they are able to get into character is astonishing. They tease the judges with subtle facial expressions making their performance even more fun and intriguing for their audience.

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The duo has a great skill for bringing everyone into their performance, which is not an easy task.

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One of the best parts of the routine is how they are able to give visual accompaniments to the lyrics of the song. For example, when Thorogood sings about going to a bartender to order a drink, the duo becomes those characters.

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It’s amazing watching them as they use their bodies to tell the story of the song. It’s as if a play is being performed in front of our eyes. It really is a one of a kind performance.

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You can watch the video below! We dare you to try to not be enthralled!

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