What is Lindy hop?

The infamous Whiteys Lindy Hoppers formed in 1935 by Herbert 'Whitey' White.

The infamous Whiteys Lindy Hoppers formed in 1935 by Herbert ‘Whitey’ White.

Lindy hop is a dance of African American origin, danced to the sound of Swing Jazz music that came with the great orchestreas, the ‘big bands’.

The dance originated in Harlem, a black neighbourhood in New York during the 1920-30s. At the time the dancers gathered to enjoy, dance and create new steps. Despite being a time of racial segregation, blacks and whites could come together and dance in venues such as the Savoy ballroom, the first to have this integration.

‘Lindy’ can be danced as a couple or alone (e.g. Charleston, Jazz), in jam groups and also at various speeds, from very slow to fast.

 

 

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