Classes with Jungle Swing
Lindy Hop is a partnered
Jazz dance that erupted from the dance halls of the late 1920's. Danced
to Swinging Jazz, halls like Harlem's monstrous 4000 capacity Savoy Ballroom
were the places that nurtured this amazing,
energetic dance called Lindy Hop by featuring the top bands of the time!
So what is Lindy
Hop? It's a blend of African solo dance movements and European social dancing,
generally done to an 8-count. Along with the Jazz music that inspired it,
Lindy Hop has diverse roots.
Lindy Hop also incorporated
such pre-swing moves, such as the Charleston, the Texas Tommy, and a variety
of movements that have come to be known as Jazz moves. Living Legend Frankie
Manning forever changed the face of Lindy Hop when he performed
the first aerial in a dance contest back at the old Savoy. Things have never
been the same since! Today, Lindy Hoppers give Charleston a great deal of
credit for the inspiration
behind the dance. Ironically, Charleston was banned for a time in many dance halls of the day, including the Savoy!
Lindy Hop today
is known by a variety of names, including Jitterbug (which it was called
in the 1930's), Savoy, and Hollywood, with these last two referring to particular
styles. Jungle Swing Lindy Hop classes stress the basics first so that you
can add style later, and call it as you like!
Check out our Calendar to see when the next classes will be starting or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!