S02E02 This & That about videos

On Tuesday I did a broadcast on Swing Channel and gave some tips about filming your dance and then sharing it on social media.

To repeat, I’m not a professional videographer, but I’ve done my share scripting, filming, editing and posting videos.

Since so many things moved online, especially with #thisismyidea videos, I noticed some simple mistakes that could be easy to fix.



Go practice dancing. That’s where you should spend most of your energy 

Film yourself while you’re dancing, so you know how you look and what to work on. You will find better angles and better light too, if you film yourself a lot.

Practice performing. Perform in front of a smaller audience before going for the big thing.

When you’re filming your clip, do multiple takes. The last one or the one before last one will be the best one. It takes less time to dance your thing one more time than to try to edit the video.

Me and my son took 11 takes to film this one:

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From: @marcobernelli and @kristina_ragelyte Next: @arrrkh @eglenem @onaelze @linceblince @nerijusselenis @gigi_boogie_allen @alexialegoueix @abethdubeth @pampadam @pamelamelaela @modzis1 @juliusbartkus @igne_ig @giedriuskv @shirttailstomper ———— TO ALL MY FRIENDS In this particular period of time, what we can do to help fighting against Coronavirus is very limited. As swing dancers, who are trapped at home, we hope to encourage all those who have been fighting at the front line and to spread the joy of dancing to the world. We want to do this through launching a dance relay. To cheer for yourself and for all those who have been suffering, we would like to spread this positive energy globally. If you also like this idea, please bring you own idea and join us!!! How to join: Step 1: Introduce yourself in the beginning of the video “Hello, my name is xx, I am from xxx + Here is my idea OR anything you want to say Step 2: learn a solo routine (A section) and improvise the B section (music: Capital idea -Gene Krupa) please refer to the example ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ACSo5XZMA ) -it's in Chinese, let me know if you wan a English version Step 3: Share your video on the social platforms and spread it to more people(tag your friends!) Step 4: we will upload the video from time to time, If you want to be featured in our video, please send your recorded video to us in the following ways: 1. PM me!! 2. We-chat:735201969 (If you have) 3. E-mail: [email protected] [email protected] #hereismyidea #solojazz #jiayouchina

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I’m happy he wanted to do it again and again.

2. Have the best light you can have

Avoid direct sun, unless the sun is not too harsh. Dance in the shadow, when the sun is up.

Light coming from the ceiling doesn’t show your eyes. Light coming from front and up will cast less shadows and you will look better.

Jazz Gents

Light from ceilings: 

Better light:

3. Clean background/foreground

Nothing should steal attention from your dancing. So people passing by or a trash can in the back will steal viewer’s attention.

You can’t even see the dance here: 

Egle taking care of better recap for students: 

Jazzy Bees in the shadow and clean background: 

4. Clean your lense.

This is so simple, but that’s the cheapest way to improve quality on your smartphone. This should become a habit every time you get your phone for a photo or video.


People will watch low quality video with good sound but will not watch good quality video with bad sound.

Lina & Martynas

We (me and Lina) filmed this twice, as we were not happy with the first one. I added the sound from this performance for more reactions. And as this was a “Comedy Balboa”, it suits well. Thank you Andrew Mindaugas Hsi for your laughs.


You can hear steps and real world sound and track on top for better experience.

6. Dress up

7. Lower angle

I prefer lower angle for dance videos. We use so much more with our lower body than face, so bring those dynamics for the viewer.

Me and Elze Visnevskyte feat. Railway Stompers

Maybe it would make the viewer feel, like they are there sitting and enjoying the performance.

8. Wide angle if possible

Wide angle brings more dynamics.

Lindy Hop Knock Out Finals with wide angle (Samsung S10):

Semi finals with regular camera (Samsung S7 Edge):

Akimirkos iš praėjusią savaitę vykusio Lindy Hop KNOCK OUT 2019: atranka paskutinei vietai į pusfinalį ir abu pusfinaliai. Nors teisėjų sprendimu antrajame pusfinalyje į finalą išėjo Ignas ir Rūta, tačiau dėl kelionių, finale jų vietą užims Artūras ir Eglė.#lindyhop #knockout #lindyhopknockout #whatajazz

Опубликовано What a Jazz dance studio Вторник, 25 июня 2019 г.

9. Fill the frame

We want to see dancing.

A few years ago I took this video of me and Egle:

cropped it, and then posted on FB as an ad for the studio to get new students. The video exploded outside target group and went viral on FB with 1200 shares in 4 days. I cut the intro out too straight to dancing:

Vieni geriausi Europos lindyhopo mokytojai laukia naujokų. Nereikia jokios šokių patirties. Pamokos Vilniaus centre antradieniais ir ketvirtadieniais 20.30 val.

Опубликовано What a Jazz dance studio Среда, 20 апреля 2016 г.

10. FB, IG or YT muting videos because of the copyright. What to do?

Use modern recording from modern bands to give them exposure and have a lesser chance of getting copyright issues.

I have been banned from posting videos on FB a couple of times. Not because of my personal videos, but because I was posting for our studio.

Recently, I have pressed the button RESTORE AUDIO, and haven’t been banned. YET.

I’m just sharing my experience here. I’m not giving any advice. Consult lawyers about this issue (please, don’t ban me now for this)

11. Naming videos

Videos with some words in them make better then the same quality videos with not that good titles. Words that help: FINALS, BATTLE, PAMELA, DEAN COLLINS SHIM SHAM.

12. Other videos that I filmed, danced in or produced that got viral:

Hoppers’ feat. The Schwings Band 

This took too much time to edit, because we danced multiple times to live music. The speed of the music wasn’t exactly the same, so I had to speed up or slow down dancing for every cut.

Pamela Gaizutyte and Martynas Stonys – The Savoy Cup routine

Martyno ir Pamelos pasirodymas iš Savoy Cup 2018, su kuriuo jie laimėjo 2 vietą.Martynas Stonys & Pamela Gaizutyte#lindyhop #lindyhopoutside #kitaskrantas

Опубликовано What a Jazz dance studio Четверг, 21 июня 2018 г.

We wouldn’t have filmed this if Savoy Cup had posted video on Facebook. So we filmed it in front of audience of 25 and shared it.

Pamela and Martynas

Pamela Gaizutyte & Martynas Stonys#lindyhop #whatajazz #momuziejus #lindyhopwaj⠀🎺 Eyal Vilner Big Band

Опубликовано What a Jazz dance studio Среда, 31 июля 2019 г.

Fantastic 3 – Justa ŽebrauskaitėMatas BugorevičiusRūta Urbonavičiūtė

#fantastic3 performing⠀#StoNykla #lindyhop #whatajazz #StoNyklaX #lindyhopwaj

Опубликовано What a Jazz dance studio Пятница, 9 августа 2019 г.

Sometimes the cut from the performance goes viral.

Los Banditos de Hoppers’ – Black Coffee

Footage with drone and creating for that makes miracles.

13. Share. Learn. Make the next one better. Share again. Make it better.

Some videos take of, and some do not. You can only try. But share not to get likes or shares, but share to get better at your craft.

That’s the longest post I’ve ever done.

Tune in next Tuesday on twitch.com at Swing Channel at 6pm (GMT +2). I’ll probably talk about teaching dance, should you actually film everything and how to practice Lindy Hop in solo while focusing on connection.

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