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From the Top is a podcast from IG HOP, a swing dance collective based in Vienna, Austria.

It looks at the big issues in contemporary swing dance culture.

Researched, produced and presented by a dedicated team, it brings you the best expertise and knowledge from around the world.

Feel free to contact us with comments and questions at contact@ighop.at or on Facebook.

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From the Top is a podcast from IG HOP, a swing dance collective based in Vienna, Austria.

It looks at the big issues in contemporary swing dance culture.

Researched, produced and presented by a dedicated team, it brings you the best expertise and knowledge from around the world.

Feel free to contact us with comments and questions at contact@ighop.at or on Facebook.

    Swing dance and drugs

    Swing dance and drugs

    Drugs don't seem to play a big role in the swing dance community but they are there - though it's mostly just cannabis and other soft drugs. In this episode, we hear from two anonymous dancers that admit to taking drugs while dancing, and learn a little history with Peter Loggins.

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    Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
    www.alexei-korolyov.com

    From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov

    • 12 Min.
    Small and tall

    Small and tall

    A person's height affects all aspects of their life, and it matters when it comes to dancing, too. We hear from both ends of the spectrum.

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    Contributors to this episode:

    Sofi Mirkovic, Maria Grabherr, Ruben Garred, Johanna.

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    Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
    www.alexei-korolyov.com

    From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov

    • 14 Min.
    Swing dance and disability

    Swing dance and disability

    Swing dancing may seem like a carefree world that is "open to all" but even some perfectly fit and healthy people can have a hard time entering it, to say nothing of people with disabilities. In this episode, we meet two disabled dancers who beat the odds to have a healthy and fulfilling dancing life, and hear from one of the most successful integrated dance troupes in the world.

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    Contributors to this episode:

    Johannes Priebsch, dancer, software engineer and mediator based in Vienna
    www.priebsch.at

    Dominic Eagleton, London-based dancer and senior campaigner at Global Witness

    Stine Nilsen, artistic co-director at Candoco Dance Company
    www.candoco.co.uk

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    Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
    www.alexei-korolyov.com

    From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov

    • 21 Min.
    The economy of swing dance

    The economy of swing dance

    Swing dancing seems far removed from the daily grind of business life but in fact it's just as much about money and value as any other human activity. It's just that its financial system is extremely opaque. There are no clear, universally agreed upon prices or tariffs and often no legal oversight either; it's effectively a black market economy.

    In this episode, we ask how you survive in this remarkably unregulated and non-transparent economy, who sets the prices and who pays for everything, what goes into running a successful swing dance business and how to fight off unscrupulous competition. 

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    Contributors to this episode:

    Jerry Almonte, dancer, photographer, organiser and blogger based in Washington D.C.
    www.jsalmonteproductions.com

    Mandi Gould, Canadian swing dance entrepreneur and organiser
    www.mandigould.com

    Jana Grulichová, co-founder of the Swing Maniacs school in Spain
    www.swingmaniacs.com

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    Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
    www.alexei-korolyov.com

    From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov

    • 20 Min.
    Peter Loggins: Enough with the shoebox mentality

    Peter Loggins: Enough with the shoebox mentality

    Veteran performer and instructor Peter Loggins has a powerful message for his fellow dancers: go out and do it in public.

    Peter is also featured in Episode 12 - Swing dance: art or what?

    Cover photograph courtesy of Peter

    • 4 Min.
    A world without borders

    A world without borders

    We return to the topic of globalisation with an episode that is full of stories of border-crossing. From London to Vienna to Leipzig to Seoul, we hear from those who started dancing in one place but continued in another. Together with them, we reflect on the differences and similarities between various swing dance communities around the world.

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    Contributors to this episode:

    Lisa Carman, Marc D'Olimpio, Sam Jozeps, Ben Beccari, Nancy Hitzig, Katie Latter

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    Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
    www.alexei-korolyov.com

    From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov

    • 24 Min.

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