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Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Lindy Hop

In the early 1900s there was a great fascination around the world. Some of the excitement was brought on by music, dance and entertainment. At about the same time there was a new fascination that included airplanes and pilots. Charles Lindbergh also known as "Lucky Lindy" had been observed and impressed many with his nonstop flight from New York to Paris. While Lindbergh was inspiring the world with his flight taking skills a new dance had started to spark as well.

The Lindy Hop, said to be named after the aviator who was inspiring the world had sparked dance marathons. It was a dancer, not knowing what move imparticular he was doing, told a interviewer he was dancing the "hop-- the lindy hop" The name was printed in the newspaper and before long the dance was known as the "lindy hop" Thus the dance craze had begun.

The dance originated in Harlem, New York City during the early 1930s. It is a combination of jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston dance moves. The dance is primarily known as a street dance. However, is considered to be a member of the swing dance family

The Lindy Hop craze swept America and then spread across the world Based on dances that were well known the Lindy hop is a dance for both partnered and solo dancing. The dance has often been called the Jitterbug as well because the two dances are very closely related. The Lindy Hop appeared in movies and was also spread via traveling soldiers. However, the dance would become a sign of the times

The dance was revived in the 1980s with American, Swedish, and British dancers. Changes have been made to the dance but the key elements remain. The Lindy Hop allows dancers to share their self expression, improvisation skills, energy, rhythm and swing skills.

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