New to Lindy HopWhere to take classes, history and Lindy Hop today
You can find info about the many studios that teach Lindy Hop and other vernacular jazz dances on the Lindy Hop Classes page. The Toronto Lindy Hop Community is very welcoming and open to new dancers – that’s why we were the first Lindy Hop scene in the world to have a Dance Ambassador program dedicated to promoting an inclusive atmosphere, helping new dancers to feel welcome in the Toronto Lindy Hop community.
History of Lindy Hop
Lindy Hop, sometimes known as Jitterbug, is the original form of swing dancing which evolved in the 1920s and dominated dance halls throughout the Great Depression until World War II. It is an unabashedly joyful dance, with a solid, flowing style that closely reflects its music — from the late 20’s hot Jazz to the early 40’s Big Bands.
The name Lindy Hop was inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris in 1927, when the newspaper headline read: “LINDY HOPS THE ATLANTIC”.
Lindy Hop is the authentic Afro-Euro-American Swing dance. Just as Jazz combines European and African musical origins, Lindy Hop draws on African and European dance traditions. The embracing hold, and the turns are from Europe while the breakaway and solid, earthy body posture come from Africa.
Lindy Hop is a social dance. Partners are connected in a playful lead/follow relationship. The dance evolved along with the new swing music, based on earlier dances such as the Charleston and the Black Bottom, by the African American community in Harlem.
The following videos will showcase the Lindy Hoppers from the 30’s & 40’s as well as Lindy Hoppers of today.
Original Lindy Hoppers from the 1930’s and 1940’s
Hellzapoppin (1941): Arguably the most famous Lindy Hop performance. This clip features Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and showcases the boundless energy and enthusiasm that characterizes the dance.
Day at the Races (1937): Another performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in this Marx Brothers film.
Shorty George (1937): George “Shorty” Snowden and his Parter Big Bea. This was Shorty’s comedy act where he used the height differences between himself and his partner to great effect. Shorty George is credited with naming the dance “The Lindy Hop.”
The Spirit Moves: Excerpts from Mura Dehn’s outstanding six part documentary covering the history of African American dance. In this clip are examples of Lindy Hop and solo Jazz dancing featuring many of the original Savoy ballroom dancers.
Lindy Hoppers Today
Alive and Kicking Movie-To be released April 7th, 2017
International Lindy Hop Championships (ILHC) 2015-Invitational Strictly
International Lindy Hop Championships (ILHC) 2016-Junior Division
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