From the Top
About This Show
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Most Recent Episode
The economy of swing dance
5 days ago
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 a swing dance economy that seems remarkably unregulated and non-transparent, 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.
Contributors to this episode:
Jerry Almonte, dancer, photographer, organiser and blogger based in Washington D.C.
Mandi Gould, Canadian swing dance entrepreneur and organiser
Jana Grulichová, co-founder of the Swing Maniacs school in Spain
Produced and presented by Alexei Korolyov
From the Top theme song by Alexander Forstner, Nina Jukić and Alexei Korolyov