What Is Lindy Hop?
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What is Lindy Hop?

Origins

Lindy Hop is an American jazz dance from the early 20th century, the result of a blending of African rhythms and body movement with European partnered dance forms and techniques adapted to fit changing popular music.

Lindy Hop grew out of various fad dances of the 1910s and 1920s, like the Texas Tommy and the Charleston. Dance marathons, Broadway shows, and Hollywood films showcased the creative, fast-paced nature of the dance and the showmanship of individual dancers, making Lindy Hop not just an American fascination, but a global one.

The Lindy Hop and Swing Music

It is inarguable that the success of Lindy Hop is due not just to the dancer Shorty George’s flying feet, but to the popularity of swing music itself. Musicians such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Chick Web, and Count Basie filled ballrooms across the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. As jazz music evolved into this energetic, swung groove, the dancers of the time answered the call by creating a dance with just as much energy. As the “Home of Happy Feet,” the Savoy became the hottest ballroom in New York City, if not the world.

 

Today

Lindy Hop has experienced a tremendous revival around the globe. Swing dance groups can be found in most major cities across world; connecting people across language and culture barriers. Lindy hop remains a fun dance where two people relate to each other over a song to create a dance that can be both wild, improvisational, and full of showmanship, or simple, elegant, and focused solely on that magical connection. The most important aspects remain that you connect with your partner, to the music, and that you enjoy it!