Lindy Hop (AtoZ Challenge 2016 – Jazz Age Jazz)

Lindy Hop (Jazz Age Jazz Series) Born from the excitment and frenzy of the 1920s, the Lindy Hop would dominate dances for a few decades

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L - Lindy Hope (AtoZ Challenge 2016)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.

 

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RESOURCES

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

 

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I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

17 Comments on "Lindy Hop (AtoZ Challenge 2016 – Jazz Age Jazz)"

  1. Great post Sarah! I love dancing (although I’m not very good at it). Music is alive and vivid, the steps remind me of Quickstep dance 🙂
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  2. I always wondered where the name came from – that is a great origin story.
    Tasha
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  3. The more I read your blog, the more I am convinced I was born in the wrong era!!!

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    • Same here. Heeeee!!!
      But no, I don’t know. I always say I like the Twnties because they have so much in common with our times. We are going through huge changes ourselves, though different ones from those of nearly 100 years ago. I think we should take inspiration from the Twenties. Scary as some new things looked back then, everything turned for the best in the end 🙂

  4. This is one dance even I might be able to do. 🙂 Well, at least in my head, it looks like fun.
    I’d no idea it caught it’s name from Lindbergh.
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  5. Looks like such a fun dance! I’d like to learn it!
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  6. I love the Lindy Hop! So much fun!

  7. I was not aware the Lindy came from Jazz
    These topics are very informative, Dearie
    Thank you

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit
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  8. Ah – now I am more informed about the Lindy Hop! Lily High Fly – what a great name!
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