Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lindy Hop

From Wikipedia:

Lindy Hop is an African American dance, based on the popular Charleston and named for Lindberg's Atlantic crossing, that evolved in New York City in 1927. It is a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. Lindy Hop co-evolved with jazz music and is a member of the swing dance family. It is frequently described as a jazz or street dance.

In its development, Lindy Hop combined elements of both solo and partner dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances. This is most clearly illustrated in Lindy's basic step, the swingout. In this step's open position, each dancer is generally connected hand-to-hand; in its closed position, men and women are connected as though in an embrace.

I've come across a few great patterns great for the Lindy Hop. I can just see these dresses out on the dance floor.

1 comment:

The Natural State Hawg said...

One of the finest examples you'll find of the Lindy Hop is located right here. That's a scene from "Hellzapoppin."


The Hawg!

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