Tonight was a sad night in Melbourne Lindy Hop history — the closing of the fortnightly DJ’d event started a year ago called Diga Diga Doo. I happened to be on the DJ roster this time and it was certainly a shame to think that this one was going to be the last. As expected there were quite a few people out for the last one. If only everyone would support these gigs every time — but I think it’s probably expecting too much. My own unsurprising and unscientific take on all this is that we simply don’t see enough new hoppers starting social dancing these days. There is always going to be some kind of attrition rate among the experienced group. So it’s a revolving door. Only a very small hard core will be around for more than a couple of years at a time.
So, happy birthday DDD, and rest in peace.