Lindy Hop is primarily a street dance and probably originated in Harlem in 1920s. It consists of both 8 or 6 count steps and includes footwork borrowed from the Charleston and tap, but with the addiction of a breakaway, where the partners can improvise new steps as the music inspires them.
It can be wild and spontaneous, with frenzy kicks and body movements or cool and sophisticated.
The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem is where the dance became more popular and was launched on a national scale.
The Savoy was a huge ballroom which took up an entire block at 141st Street and Lenox Avenue. It was one of the very few truly integrated clubs were patrons could mix and dance together, exchanging steps and inspiration.
The name seems to have had a colourful origin. The dance became extremely popular in the second half of the decade. That’s when Charles Lindbergh succeeded in his solo flight across the Atlantic, his ‘hop’ between continents. It was a grand fit that produced great news coverage. Everybody spoke about that, those words became a refrain of those years. And attached themselves to this popular dance.
The Lindy Circle – Lindy Hope History
Swungover – Swing History 101: the birth of Lindy Hop (1900s – 1929)
Drop Me Off in Harlem – Lindy Hop in Harlem: the role of social dancing
Easy Swing – Hisotry of Lindy Hop