Alive and Kicking is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.

Director’s Bio:

Susan Glatzer’s track record of productions and acquisitions has garnered seven Academy Awards® and 19 Academy Award® nominations along with numerous awards at the Cannes, Sundance, and Venice film festivals. Serving as Senior Vice President for the Motion Picture Group at Paramount Pictures, Susan concentrated on co-productions and worldwide acquisitions. Among the projects Susan has been involved with are Traffic, Napoleon Dynamite, Secrets & Lies, Narc, Breaking the Waves, and High Art. In addition, directors that Susan has worked with include Robert Altman, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Mike Leigh, David Lynch, Emir Kusturica, Joe Carnahan, and Lisa Cholodenko. As a consultant, Susan has developed TV pitches with clients for ABC, Columbia Tri-Star Television, Lionsgate Television, HBO, Showtime, and Bravo.

Susan has served on the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association, was a member of IFP’s Gotham Awards Committee, a Founding Member of New York Women’s Film Festival, a member of the Programming Committee for New York’s Channel 13, PBS’s flagship station, a Producing Fellow at Film Independent, and a Juror at the AFI Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Hamptons Film Festival.

Susan has been swing dancing for 18 years.

The Process

We have finished editing the movie! And it’s really good! We are currently fundraising to complete post-production.

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Places we have been include


  • Balboa Rendezvous
  • Bay Side Ball
  • Camp Hollywood
  • Camp Jitterbug
  • Catalina Swing Dance Festival
  • Fleur de Lindy
  • Herräng Dance Camp
  • International Lindy Hop Championships
  • Lindy Focus
  • San Francisco Bal Fest
  • Some Like It Haunt
  • Swing 46
  • Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown
  • US Open

People involved include

  • Hilary Alexander
  • Evita Arce
  • Bobby Bonsey
  • Sharon Davis
  • Morgan Day
  • The Decavitas
  • Rusty Frank
  • Frida & Skye
  • Michael Gamble
  • George Gee
  • Sommer Gentry
  • Nina Gilkenson
  • Dawn Hampton
  • Carla Heiney
  • Ray Hirsch
  • Laura Keat
  • Kevin & Jo
  • Sing Lim
  • Peter Loggins
  • Mikey & Nikki
  • Norma Miller
  • Tena Morales
  • Tonya Morris
  • Nathan & Giselle
  • Jeremy Otth
  • Christian Perry
  • Joel Plys
  • Judy Pritchett
  • Dorry Segev
  • Sharon & Juan
  • Steve & Chanzie
  • Jonathan Stout
  • Sylvia Sykes
  • Andrew Thigpen
  • Karen Turman
  • Jean Veloz
  • Lennart Westerlund
  • Chester Whitmore
  • Freda Wycoff
  • Chazz Young


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