Lindy Hop? What’s that?

(video by Yehoodi Swings)

Lindy Hop is an American partner dance originating from the Swing or Jazz era. It’s the 1920s to 1940s precursor to 1950s Rock and Roll dancing and Ballroom Jive (Jive became one of the five International Latin dances in 1968, and it remains part of the International Standard Ten Dance family, the kind of thing you see on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars).

Unlike the Ten Dances, Lindy Hop is a vernacular (or street) dance, it has no syllabus and there is no definitive right way to do it.

However, along with the other historical Swing dances, Lindy Hop is a preservationist dance, so while people may not always agree on what Lindy Hop is*  there is a rather large worldwide consensus on what it isn’t**.

Lindy Hop was revived in the 1980s, when a new wave of dancers sought out the ‘Old Timers’. Since then the dance continues to be popular and has many fans and scenes all over the world. You can find someone to Swing Out with almost anywhere!

Manchester Lindy teaches and promotes Lindy Hop, solo and partnered Charleston and Authentic Jazz, and provides occasional taster classes in the other preservationist dances, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and Traditional Blues.

For more information on the origins of Lindy Hop, and of Swing dancing in general, see Bobby White’s excellent Swing History 101

*There is even confusion around the name of the dance, see Lindy Hop or Jitterbug?

***Many dances have evolved from Lindy Hop, and those dances are mostly thought of as progressive Swing dances, this includes Alternative Blues, West Coast Swing and Fusion dancing.