History of Manchester Lindy

In 2008 a small group of enthusiastic lindy hoppers grew tired of dancing by themselves and vowed to get more people enjoying Lindy Hop in Manchester and lo…

Manchester Lindy was born!

After a test run in January 2009 (if you don’t count the organisers themselves, just one jitterbugger turned up) Manchester Lindy officially launched two months later, as not-for-profit Unincorporated Association’.

We’ve been staffed solely by volunteers ever since.

Over a decade on, and several venues later, Manchester Lindy’s Tuesday Swing Social has been known to host over 150 Swing dancers. Sadly, Covid and associated restrictions forced us into a two year long ‘nap’, but we’re just about awake again now.

In the early days ML ran weekly Tuesdays dances, we’ve since added occasional special events including birthday and Xmas parties, Sunday afternoon workshops for beginners, whole weekend workshops hosting international teachers and even a Lindy Exchange, MCRLX (the most recent MCRLX featured 7 parties over 4 days, each with a live swing band. We’re still recovering from that one).

Lindy Hop’s inclusive history – the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem was one of the few places in America where everyone, regardless of race could go to dance, long before the Civil Rights Movement began* – and Manchester’s diverse and tolerant nature make a great fit. We’re honoured to be a little part of social history active in the present day.

Best of all, we get to leave the not-so-nice aspects of the 1920s-1930s behind and we can be leaders or followers, regardless of gendered role traditions, and no one need wait to be asked to dance!

The teachers and other volunteers are always happy to join new and new-to-Manchester dancers on the social dance floor, but we are often extremely busy, so please do come over and ask us!

We encourage EVERYONE to ask others to dance, and although we support everyone’s individual right to refuse (‘No thank you’? ‘No worries!’) we do what we can to promote an inclusive atmosphere whilst respecting personal boundaries.

We are so proud of the baby dance scene we started raising all those years ago, and so pleased that we are no longer the only swing dance place in town.

Hope to see you on the dancefloor soon!