What the heck is Lindy Hop?

The (favorably) ever-present Harald noted in a recent comment that he wasn’t sure what Lindy Hop is.

I think I may have explained it WAY earlier in my blogging, but it bears repeating: Lindy Hop is the original American swing dance, invented and popularized by blacks in Harlem, New York.

In its most showy form, Lindy Hop can be the sort of thing millions saw in the famous swing Gap (clothing) commercial a few years ago… lots of acrobatical throwing people overhead, under legs, etc, to upbeat music.

At its core, though, Lindy Hop isn’t really about wild airsteps. Rather, it’s a highly improvisational and fun partner dance set to a wide range of music (originally big band back in the 20’s and 30’s). It includes steps like the Charleston, Swingout, Shorty George, Lindy Circle, and others.

If you have any specific questions on Lindy Hop, feel free to post ’em in the comments below, and I’ll answer there! 🙂

[EDITED July 2021 to remove broken links]






3 responses to “What the heck is Lindy Hop?”

  1. Harald Avatar

    Now that’s fast service! Here’s some icecream for you; http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/japano/0207/ice-cream/2.html

  2. Adam Avatar

    Reminds me of the garlic ice cream they serve out here for our nearby Gilroy Garlic Festival, and also at our San Francisco “Stinking Rose” (all garlic, all the time) restaurant.  Hmm!  Maybe a combo is in order?  Garlic brandy fish.  Yummmm!

  3. Lacy Avatar

    Such great dances. And catchy tunes like the Charleston can spend the day in your head.  😀

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