Lindy Hop & Swing dance
Swing Dance Contest in the 1940's
dancing "shorty george" step
Swing dancing began during the 1920's and transpired with rhythms from jazz music. The most popular dance, the Lindy Hop, developed in Harlem during 1927 and lasted into the early 1930s. Lindy Hop steps were rapid and required a full circle or aline swing dresses to ensure the easy movement for the ladies.
Lindy Hop evolved in Harlem, NYC in the 1920s and ‘30s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. In its development, the Lindy Hop combined both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances.
The "Lindy Hop". Whitey's Lindy Hoppers [1935/6]. Drawn from the top Savoy Ballroom dancers as a professional performance troupe with Frankie "Musclehead" Manning becoming the main choreographer, and serving as artistic director to Whitey's business management role, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers became was the most famous performance Lindy Hop team in the world.
Lindy Hop was so named after Charles Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 1927, when the newspaper headline read: "LINDY HOPS THE ATLANTIC". The dance has no "hop" in it. The Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s & 1930s & originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It is frequently described as a jazz dance & is a member of the swing dance family.
Lindy Hop ... love the styling in this photo