While there were individuals who swing danced earlier, it was in 1998 that the Lindy Hop-specific dance scene really took off. That was the year when many people started taking dance lessons with either Peter Renzland or Lisa Jacobs, and when regular dance nights became popular at venues like The Hooch (upstairs at The Gypsy Coop), Barcode, Ted’s Wrecking Yard, and many others. It was also in the spring of 1998 that the Gap commercial came out, sharing the “swing craze” with a new crop of enthusiasts in North America and around the world.
On December 18th, 1998 the Toronto Lindy Yahoo Group was created by Solomon Douglas.
It doesn’t matter whether you started more than 20 years ago, haven’t danced in 20 years, or still dance regularly. Let’s get together for a bit of nostalgia and tip our hats to memories of The Swing Gang, Modrobes, and road trips to Ithaca.