All Things Swing with Tom Paderna

In this week’s episode, we sit down with our good friend Tom Paderna and talk about a wide range of topics. We discussed the origins of NASDE and how it’s changed over time. We discussed WSDC and how it’s impacted the scene. We chatted about Masters-level dancers and why they don’t get the same kind of respect they used to. We touched upon the growing perceptions of entitlement in our scene and how that has eroded our sense of community. And we talked quite a bit about how to foster more cohesion within our community – and the value of doing so. Listen for a very real, very rich conversation with a very knowledgeable, very insightful guy.

National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE)
World Swing Dance Council (WSDC)


  1. So much of what was revealed in your statements is what I have observed over the years. This podcast should be assigned by all instructors to their students for homework and should be followed up with a discussion.

  2. Great discussion (it’s hard to call these “interviews” with as much back and forth as there is).

    I do not have many regrets from my days competing…but one regret I do have is that I did not try harder to find time and space to work with Brandi one on one. I knew she was amazing in group classes…but hearing her talk about her approach and philosophy for students — if I knew then what I know now. C’est la vie.

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