Sam West and Ellen Taylor had been practicing for months and it was finally time to give the judges everything they’ve got! With the music bumping over the dancehall speakers and their adrenaline pumping, the duo stepped out into the limelight. It was now or never…
The showstopping routine that followed was enough to take home the Grand Nationals title and hush their critics once and for all.
According to The Swing Dance Company, the history of swing is as rich as our great country. In fact, the website explains that the dance style evolved with citizens of New York back in the 1920s.
“The history begins with the original Swing era in 1920s and 30s America, when Big Bands took over pop culture. Swing music has lived on ever since, influencing each new generation of music. Swing dance is a broad term to describe a variety of partner dances evolving from the 1920s to the present day.
An exciting evolution in jazz music broke out of New York’s Harlem district in the late 1920s. With this new sound, a new dance was created, called the lindy hop. Lindy hop developed from dancers mimicking other dance crazes of the time, including the Charleston and the foxtrot.
The term lindy hop was coined by dancers in New York. In 1927, pilot Charles Lindbergh made history by ‘hopping’ over the Atlantic. Myth has it that one of the influential dancers of this time described his dance as the lindy hop inspired by Lindbergh’s feat.”
Nowadays, swing is a great way for dancers to keep their skills sharp and their fancy footwork on-point! Sam and Ellen know how beneficial swing is for their minds, bodies and spirits – they’ve been dancing this style for years, and it shows.
As soon as “Gonna Move Across The River” by Bill Pinkney and The Drifters began playing, Sam and Ellen joined hands. They moved across the floor with such ease, it was clear to everyone watching that they knew every dance move by heart and trusted each other explicitly.
Even though the skills shown during their routine would be hard enough for youngins, the pair didn’t let their age define them! Instead, they boogied, bopped and slid from one end of the dance floor to the other like teenagers.
Everyone in the audience was hooting and hollering by the end of their performance. There’s no doubt in their minds that Ellen and Sam were going to take home the evening’s top prize. They deserved it!
Check out their awesome first-place routine for yourself below. We wish we could move like they do!
While many animals don’t understand the process of their humans passing away, one parrot got the message loud and clear when its owner was about to go.
The interaction that followed is enough to bring tears to even the most hardened of souls…
According to Cuteness, a bird may be capable of loving its owner, even if the exact science isn’t there to back it up. In fact, a human-avian relationship can be especially close if the human raised the bird from the time it was a baby – just like what happened in this family.
The site says:
“There is no scientific explanation if birds can love or not or even if they can feel emotion, but bird enthusiasts have observed some type of bird feelings from species to species emerge from different personalities and behaviors. Although birds cannot communicate their emotions to us directly through speech, their behaviors can display their emotions to the consummate bird observer…
Some birds will develop an ’emotional’ attachment to a human rather than bonding with other birds. It’s important to note here that ’emotional’ means, not depending upon a material advantage equaling an emotional attachment (like at feeding time, for instance). Birds will, at times, transfer their attachments to a human when they are raised away from their flock and this is definitely not a transactional attachment but an emotional one! A parrot, even though it may be experiencing some discomfort, will continue following their favorite human around, even to the ends of the earth!”
After spending 25 years together, it was time for this bird momma to say goodbye to her beloved parrot. Even though her vision was gone and she could barely keep her eyes open, the woman mustered the strength to wish her parrot well.
“I love you so much.”
Obviously, the parrot sensed her goodbye and nuzzled closer on her chest. Without her having to say anything else, the parrot knew it was her time to leave this Earth. Sadly, this was the last interaction they shared together – but it shows just how deep the love for our pets runs!
Watch this heartbreaking goodbye for yourself below. There’s no denying animals have the ability to love us!