Feb 17

What is Lindy Hop then?

Category: faq

Lindy Hop is a dance based around an 8-count basic, and incorporates all of the elements of East Coast Swing 6-count basic), as well as some Charleston, Fox Trot and other authentic jazz movement.   It is a traditional African-American dance, and a wholly American invention; its vernacular is dictated by the dances and music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  And just as jazz music was a fusion of Western symphonic music and African rhythms.  And so too is the Lindy Hop: a synthesis of Western partnered ballroom and African-American pattin’ juba, tap, cakewalk, Charleston and other early dances.  We recommend further research for all dancers, starting with looking at the wikipedia page on Lindy Hop and perhaps checking out some videos on YouTube.  Especially the clip from the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin.

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