Lindy Hop... ....is the Original Swingin' Jitterbug-Jive dance and to many, the most exciting dance ever created !
It has probably affected, if not changed, more people's lives than any other dance. The social importance of the dance cannot be overstated. In the totally segregated climate of the 1920s, it's hard to imagine a scene where blacks and whites not only shared the same dance hall, but actually danced together to bands of mixed colour.
The Lindy Hop emerged in 1927 alongside swing music in Harlem, New York City and took off in other cities where African Americans lived. The name 'Lindy Hop' is said to have been taken from a newspaper headline reporting Charles Lindbergh's historic first solo flight across the Atlantic - 'LINDY HOPS THE ATLANTIC'.
The Lindy Hop is not just a single dance form but is a fusion of formal European dance forms and more rhythmic black dances. It grew directly out of the Charleston and evolved as the jazz music of the twenties changed into the swing music of the Big Band era in the thirties and forties.
The Lindy, based on an 8- count rhythmic pattern, is the perfect dance to give full expression to the swinging big band rhythms which pulse along in flowing 8 beat phrases..... the music gets into your bones, and the dance is the Daddy-o of all forms of Jive.
Although Lindy has remained the original and best swing Jive.....the Whites on the American East coast simplified it to an easier, albeit less expressive, 6-count rhythm, known as East Coast swing....... Brought to Europe during WW 2, this eventually became further diluted into Ballroom Jive, boogie Woogie and Rock'nRoll.
The Lindy Hop is enjoying a renewed interest worldwide, appearing recently in such diverse situations as The GAP advert, a Will Smith video, Ali McBeal, 3rd Rock From the Sun and the film Chicken Run.
Lindy Hop became a dance craze worldwide, also known as Jitterbug, It evolved into many forms, such as West Coast Swing, Hollywood style Lindy, Rock'n'Roll, and Boogie Woogie. But the authentic style, the original style, and the most fun,......... will always be the ... Savoy style Lindy Hop .... from Harlem, USA.