Nick Peterson - creator of the Underground Jitterbug Championship.
But, for me, my favorite moment of Camp Hollywood was the Underground Jitterbug Championship
This is a non-Camp Hollywood sanctioned contest that was created by Las Vegas' own Nick Peterson
during Camp Hollywood 2008.
There are few (if any) that represent the Jitterbug spirit more than Nick Peterson
wanted to have a contest that was for the people by the people.
No judges, No scores, No rules.
introduced the contestants and the contest, the anticipation grew.
Congratulation to Nick Peterson of Las Vegas. Elected to the 2009 Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame
Camp Hollywood is one the largest annual swing dance camps.
Over the past 11 years, it has become a main-stay in hundreds of swing dancers annual plans; professional and amateur alike.
It's place and contribution to the swing dance world has been tremendous.
Nick Peterson of Las Vegas, creator of the Underground Jitterbug Contest
Las Vegas's very own National Swing Dancing Champion
, Nick Peterson
has been elected to this year's Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
This wonderful selection only takes place every two years.
For those of you who go to the camp on a regular basis, you know that Nick
has become a staple part of the Camp Hollywood "experience".
is recognized on a national level as an accomplished swing dancer.
is constantly an invited guest to many national swing dance events.
I've never met anyone who has a bigger love and knowledge of swing dancing than Nick
Dancing was not apart of my life until the fall semester of 2005 when I took his
Lindyhop class at UNLV.
Since then, dancing has become the biggest part of my life.
I wouldn't know who I would be or what I would be doing were it not for dancing.
And, the biggest contributor to dancing in my life is Nick
The dance community of Las Vegas has mixed feelings towards Nick
Some admire him and others do not.
The important thing to remember is Nick
is about progression.
Everyone should dance to the best of their ability and challenge themselves to be better swing dancers and dancers in general.
If you truly appreciate dance then you will appreciate Nick
is about passion for all movement.
Few can match the passion of Nick Peterson of Las Vegas.
Nick Peterson of Las Vegas brings the spirit of the Jitterbug everywhere he goes.
The Jitterbug Spirit.
I can't describe what it is, but I can tell you to watch Hellzapoppin', watch Jeremy Otth, or watch Nick
in the CH Jitterbug Contest and you will know exactly what I mean.
has been fighting for Hilary's Golden Bugie award since it first surfaced.
Whether it be calling out dancers to lay it out on the floor, throwing down an Applejax box during a contest, being Tokyo's number one fan, or pulling out WWE wrestling moves in the jitterbug contest.
finally had no choice when he
hosted the first ever Underground Jitterbug Championships.
He's been a student, a competitor, a teacher, a judge, a promoter, a role model, an inspiration, a friend, and now a member of the Hilary Alexander's Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Here are some interesting facts and memories about Nick
- Unlike other Nicks, he has never dropped his partner in a competition
- Judging an Amateur Jack-n-Jill while holding a beer in one hand
did a jaw dropping unforgettable performance in a solo charleston contest in 2008.
Along with the election to the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame
receives a free pass to Camp Hollywood for life.
Read more about Nick Peterson
The next time you see him out dancing, go up to him and congratulate him on this amazing accomplishment.
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