Alive and Kicking

"Glatzer's debut presents swing dance as a vibrant, living art form." - Village Voice

Hep Cat Swing will be showing off their moves at both screenings. Don't miss it! “With its acrobatic zest, swing dancing was a perfect expression of defiant resilience during the Great Depression. For contemporary enthusiasts, it’s an antidote to the emotional disconnect of the so-called connected age. Swing buff Susan Glatzer, a film executive turned director, makes these points in her first documentary, Alive and Kicking, without pushing them; she lets the dancers’ ecstatic moves do most of the talking, and they’re persuasive.

“It’s not a matter of fashionably nostalgic posturing when the twenty- and thirtysomethings in the film enthuse over the Lindy Hop. For many, it’s a calling. Among the well-selected devotees profiled, some are professionals who teach the craft, while others are still working their way up the competitive circuit.

“Breaking more than a few molds are the Swedish dance duo known as the DecaVitas, who decided that the dance floor had more therapeutic value than the psychotherapy they’re qualified to practice.

“Glatzer captures the love and support of an intergenerational community, one in which nonagenarians cut the rug alongside up-and-comers.” - The LA Times

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