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Lindy Hop Defined

Often described as the original swing dance, Lindy Hop is a dance that will be appreciated by people who possess the gift of rhythm, by those who feel music in their soul. It is described as a jazzy duo dance that jives, jitters and jumps.


Date added to ADN: Tuesday, Feb 21 2012
Originally Published: Sunday, Jan 01 2012
By The AccessDance Network




Often described as the original swing dance, Lindy Hop is a dance that will be appreciated by people who possess the gift of rhythm, by those who feel music in their soul. It is described as a jazzy duo dance that jives, jitters and jumps.

HISTORY
The Lindy hop is a couple's dance that was birthed in the early 1900s. Considered as the grandfather of all swing dances, it is solidly grounded in black culture. While news spread worldwide about the pioneering flight of Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic in 1927, a dance was being created in the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem in New York. The dancers called this new dance, Lindy Hop and it holds the merit of being one of the dances to progress in a short period. Its development was stimulated by competitions between dancers at the Savoy. New moves were added and Lindy Hop became extremely popular. One personality whose name resounds when this dance is discussed was Frank Manning. Considered as ambassador and world's leading authority on Lindy, he was a leading dancer at Harlem's legendary Savoy Ballroom in the mid-1930s. He altered the course of this dance with his innovations.

DANCE STEPS
Despite its name, Lindy Hop has no 'hop' to it. Dancers maintain an active, athletic stance instead of dancing in an upright, elegant position. Lindy dancers therefore keep their legs in constant movement, making use of lots of fancy footwork borrowed from Charleston and Tap dancing. The movement that defines this dance is called the 'swingout'. One partner pulls the other from an open position into a closed position as they pivot 180 degrees, and then they swing back to the original position. Furthermore, dancers perform 'shine steps' that allow dancers to 'shine' on the dance floor using fun steps as well as 'air steps' in which they perform aerial moves like backflips. This type of dance consists of both six and eight-count steps.

TYPE OF MUSIC
The music to which Lindy Hop was danced to was Swing with tempo of 120 to 180 beats per minute. Swing rhythm exists thru different musical genres like rock, country, jazz and blues making Lindy Hop a versatile form of dance.

If you want to be fun and playful in the dance floor, then dance to the tune of Lindy. This energetic dance style that is wild and spontaneous gives you the freedom to express yourself thru dancing. Full of frenzy kicks and body movements, you'll surely have a wonderful time. There's no better time to enjoy Lindy than today, so learn now!


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