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The Lindy Hop - “Lucky Lindy”

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.

Lindy Hop Characteristics

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.

  • The Lindy Hop is generally danced to music in a 4/4 Meter between 30 and 45 measures per mintue (120 and 180 beats per minute).
  • Typically lindy hop music has a rhythm section hit on each quarternote. Upright bass players and rhythm guitar will also typically be hitting the quarters most of the time.
  • The feel of lindy hop comes from the walking bass and chunking quarter notes on the guitar (the italic terms are the ones that those musicians would recognize for this concept).
  • In modern circles, Lindy Hop is danced to a much wider variety of music. This is always in 2/2 or 4/4 time, with tempos varying from around 120 to around 260 beats per minute.

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:

  • Basic 6-count rhythm pattern, Basic step, Open position, Closed position, Change places (Side Pass), and Tuck Turn (from closed).

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.

  • Don't be stiff. Bend your knees a little.
  • Keep your frame. Move your body with your arms, as opposed to just your arms. You can risk severe shoulder injuries otherwise.
  • Lindy Hop (and dance in general) is all about having fun, so if you mess up, don't worry about it. Just keep dancing!
  • Lindy Hop (and dance in general) is all about having fun, so if you mess up, don't worry about it. Just keep dancing!
  • Remember to spot so you don't get dizzy.
  • Leads need to remember to lead moves with their whole body, rather than moving their core but leaving their arm where the follow is.
  • You will move better in shoes that have a little slip in the sole.
  • Don't be afraid to make it your own!
  • Anyone can lead and anyone can follow, there is no requirement for men to be leads and women to be follows.
  • It can be tempting for follows to assume what's coming next and do it without the lead telling them to. Fight the urge to pre-empt steps, and wait for your lead to lead them.