Lindy Hop, also known as Jitterbug, is the authentic Afro-Euro-American Swing dance born in Harlem, New York City in 1928. It is an unabashedly joyful dance, with a solid, flowing style that closely reflects its music. Lindy Hop gets its name from a prominent aviator of that era known as Charles Lindbergh –or, “Lucky Lindy.”. In its development, the Lindy hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of African-American dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances.
The Lindy Hop is a sporty, athletic form of partner dancing. Instead of dancing in an upright, elegant posture, Lindy Hop dancers maintain an active, athletic stance that keeps their legs in constant movement. Although the Lindy Hop can contain acrobatic moves, most steps are extremely smooth, precise and perfectly in sync with the music.
The Lindy Hop consists of both 6 and 8-count steps. The basic footwork of lindy Hop is as follows: step, step, triple-step, step, step, triple-step. Lindy Hop followers match the footwork of the leaders, and every step taken is a weight change.
Referred to as the grandfather of all swing dances, the Lindy Hop (or Lindy) is a couple's dance that originated in the early 1900s. The most famous Lindy hop dance, which is not connected to the other Lindy Hop dances, was born in the Harlem dance marathon in 1928 where George Snowden and Mattie Purnell reinvented the Breakaway pattern by accident.
Despite its name, the dance has no "hop" to it. Instead, it is smooth and solid without hopping, bopping, or prancing by the dancers. Often described as the original swing dance The Lindy Hop has inspired several other dances such as East Coast Swing, Balboa, Shag, and Boogie Woogie., Lindy Hop relies mostly on improvisation by its dancers, making it both fun and playful on the dance floor. There are a number of character styles (and an infinite number of unique individual styles), but it’s all Lindy Hop – the fundamentals are the same, the same connection and communication is there and all Lindy Hoppers can dance together, regardless of style.
Lindy Hop is a very social dance! With a core tempo of 120–180 beats per minute, partners are connected smoothly to each other, while relating to the music in improvisation. Lindy Hop can also be used as a competitive or performance dance.
|Tune||Artist||Beats Per Minute|
|Shiny Stockings||Count Basie||120|
|Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby||Louis Jordan||140|
|T'aint What You Do||Jimmy Lunceford||160|
|In The Mood||Glenn Miller||170|
|Flying Home||Lionel Hampton||200|
|Sing, Sing, Sing||Benny Goodman||225|
|Jumping At The Woodside||Benny Goodman||225|
The basic 6-count Lindy Hop rhythms follow when you add the triple step instead of the slow in the “groove walk” rhythm (“rock-step, slow, slow” rhythm in side-by-side position).
The moves are:
Swingout is the defining movement of the Lindy Hop. In the swingout, one partner pulls the other from an open position into a closed position while pivoting 180 degrees, and then swings the partner back out to the original starting position.
Lindy Hop dancers make use of lots of fancy footwork borrowed from the Charleston and tap dancing. Lindy Hop followers match the footwork of the leaders, and every step taken is a weight change. The Lindy Hop consists of both 6 and 8-count steps. Dancers often perform "shine steps" that allow the dancers to "shine" on the dance floor, including fun steps such as Suzi Q's, Truckin's, and Twists, as well as "air steps" in which dancers perform aerial moves include daring backflips.
Key Points to remember.