What is the Lindy Hop?
The Lindy Hop is a fun, active dance from the swing family. The dance has the same back step as the Swing, followed by a controlled downward kick by each foot. This bopping dance was discovered in the 1920’s, perfect for dancers keen to improvise and integrate other dances such as the Charleston and even acrobatics.
Rhythm: 6 beats or rock step, kick, kick.
Lindy Hop Music
Jazz and big band music is synonymous with Lindy Hop, but some modern songs are also well suited. It is in 4/4 time and has a tempo of 33 to 45bpm.
History of the Lindy Hop
The Lindy Hop took off in clubs and even in theatres in the 1920s, developed by ‘Shorty’ George Snowman in the Savoy Hotel Harlem. It has a strong similarity to the Texas Tommy Swing dance, and acrobatics to equal it.
Apparently the Lindy Hop was named after the Aviator Charles Lindburg’s ‘hop’ over the Atlantic. It became so popular in Harlem, social dancers developed strong, acrobatic improvised moves. People would travel to Harlem just to watch social dancers Lindy Hop in clubs.
The dance soon moved to films, and in the 1940s Jewel McGowan and Dean Collins put their signature on the dance, wowing audiences with their fast footwork, lifts and swivels. The Lindy Hop brought together people from different cultures in the club and in films.