Stephanie is a serial cubicle propagandist by day and a swing dancer by night. This cancerian arrived on Singapore’s shores a decade ago to learn how to engineer potions in the lab but soon found out such things only look cool on TV shows. Being indonesian, her favorite food includes anything dead and spicy. When not doing swingouts, in her free time she enjoys admiring old shophouses, dancing like a madman in clubs, and visiting obscure corners of the internet. She also likes playing with the cats at her block. Her favorite move is a well executed swingout, and her pet peeve is body odor on the dancefloor.
JUYL : How did you get started in the dance ?
I’ve always wanted to dance Lindy Hop! When I was a weely weetle girl, I watched old cartoons and movies, and when I saw them dancing I told myself, “I’m gonna do that one day!” Of course, I didn’t know that the dance Donald Duck did was swing, or lindy, or whatever.
It also helped that my parents listened to a bit of jazz. And when I hear swing, I thought “whoa dude!” Well, okay, I didn’t ay “dude” but you get what I mean.
Okay, on to the dance. When I moved to Singapore (I’m from Jakarta), still, for one reason or another, I didn’t pick up the dance.
But fast forward a few Lindy at Jitterbugs, and I haven’t stopped dancing since!
JUYL : What was your most memorable or happy Lindy moment ?
It Oddly, it was with a girl. *gasp* But all a great time at socials and in classes. Just filled with positive energy!
The people are one of the things that keeps me dancing. It’s like all dancers around the world are part of one big happy family.
You know with families you always feel warm and fuzzy and stuff.
JUYL : Who had the greatest influence on your Lindy development ? I’ll have to name Sinclair!
JUYL : To whom would you like to dedicate this award, and why ?
To all Lindy Hoppers in Singapore who’ve been keeping the scene alive because without them we wouldn’t have so much dancing and so much fun.
To anyone who has taught me! Because they’re the ones I learn dancing from.
JUYL :What are your views on the present Lindy scene in Singapore ?
Can I not answer this?
(JUYL’s reply: OK, the youngest and newest kid on the block … out of all the scholarship winners … can be excused.)
JUYL : What is your vision for Lindy Hop in Singapore ?
That the scene will grow, and more people in Singapore will be aware of
what Lindy Hop is, and uh…that more people will wear polka dots!
JUYL : What message do you wish to send out to our readers ?
If you’re thinking of picking up a dance, pick up Lindy Hop.
If you’re thinking of picking up Lindy Hop, stop thinking and sign up for a class now!
If you’re already dancing Lindy Hop, keep dancing.
JUYL : Thank you Stephanie !