Although the music and the dance of the Lindy Hop evolved from the big band days, the nostalgic appeal of that era lives on in new music and this exciting, retro style dance.


History

Originally named by Ray Bolger, after Colonel Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic, this Swing style had as much 'getting into the air' as possible. The more acrobatic versions were limited to ballrooms, of which the most famous was the New York's Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

Music

Popular musical groups of today have revived interest in the musical styles from the original Lindy Hop era and have fired the imagination and enthusiasm for a whole new generation of Lindy Hop dancers. The rhythmic patterns take place over two or more measures of music and can be danced to a variety of musical interpretations.

The journey in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.
— Barbara De Angelis

Characteristics

Related dances are the Charleston, Black Bottom, Shag, Jitterbug and more recently East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing. Many Lindy Hop patters are used in other Swing styles to add variety or provide a change of pace.