So Let’s Talk About…LUCK OF THE DRAW

So let's talk aboutLUCK OF THE DRAW

 Who doesn't love a great "Draw" contest?

It's easy to get excited at the high-flying drama and beautifully-synchronized art of the strictly contest. But when you see a great "Draw" contest, you have to look closer --- you have to look at how the partners truly listen to each other.  And often, they are listening to each other for the first time.

You see how they begin to move together, how they allow for each other’s ideas to take center stage, how they live in the moment because that moment is all they know of each other.

The competition has a special place in the heart of a dance based on improvisation, individual expression, collaboration, and interaction.  And it’s not surprising that its inventor, Jack Carey, was a Lindy Hopper. He was one of the SoCal jitterbugs that worked with dancers like Dean Collins, and appeared in the dance scene in "Living It Up." 

In the 50s, Jack Carey was trying to find a way to get people without partners into dance contests, and so he invented what they soon started calling a "Jack and Jill" format. In doing so, it finally gave social dancing its worthy pedestal in the competition realm. 

Over the last few years, to support those with different gender identities and dance-role-identities, the Lindy Hop scene as a whole began renaming the contest. Jack Carey himself was not tied to the name "Jack and Jill," and particularly approved of "Luck of The Draw." To honor his legacy, ILHC adopted that name for their random-partnered contests. Dancers have since shortened it to "Draw," which has a little touch of the Wild-West about it, and evokes the kind of adventurous spirit that really takes Lindy Hop competition dancing to the next level.         

This year ILHC has four levels of “Luck of the Draw,” from open to invitational. And to celebrate the art of social dancing, entry for the contests is FOR FREE. You heard us right, for Free.  Register now at