Dance – Lindy Hop

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Lindy Hop is a swing dance that evolved out of the Charleston in the late 1920s,The dance evolved alongside swing music itself, emerging in the late 1920s when hot jazz was transforming into swinging jazz, and died out in the late 1940s as the swing era gave way to bebop and rock ‘n roll.

As swing music spread across the USA and the world, Lindy Hop spread with it. Lindy Hop is the original swing dance!

The story goes that Lindy Hop got its name in 1927 when one of its original dancers, George “Shorty” Snowden, was asked the name of the dance by a reporter, and dubbed it Lindy Hop after aviator Charles Lindbergh and his famous solo flight across the Atlantic that year, as the newspaper headlines read “Lindy Hops The Atlantic”. It is also commonly known as The Jitterbug. Lindy Hop was shown to the youth in the 1930s, but the US servicemen during World War II were widely responsible for popularizing the dance in the 1940s.

Lindy Hop has many characteristics. Though it can indeed be danced wild and fast, with spectacular airsteps, it can also be slow and smooth, elegant or sexy. The best way to understand the appeal of the dance is to watch. The video above is the Lindy Hop Couples FInals from Camp Jitterbug 2008. A whole bunch of fun to watch, and a lot of credit should go to the live band that’s playing.

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