About Lindy Hop
WHAT IS LINDY HOP?
Well first, have a look for yourself! Lindy Hop is first and foremost a social dance! Partners relate to each other and the music, with feeling, improvisation and phrasing. It’s fun, energetic, and can be danced at a range of different speeds of music, fast or slow. Here are some of the professionals - don't worry, we start a lot slower than this!
The dance evolved along with the new swing music of the early 30s, based on earlier dances such as the Charleston and the Black Bottom.
As for the name, it is said that a “downtown” reporter saw the dance being performed in 1927 and asked whether it had a name; “Shorty” George Snowden, a Lindy pioneer, saw an opportunity and said that the dancers were celebrating Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic with “Lindy’s Hop.”
It was widely danced until the late 1950s, then had a resurgence in the late 90’s, and has basically been going strong since then!