Lindy Hop is primarily a street dance and probably originated in Harlem in the 1920s. It consists of both 8 or 6 count steps and includes footwork borrowed from the Charleston and tap, but with the addition 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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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 🙂
I love dancing too, and I’m quite good at it… but it’s been a long time since I last danced.
I always wondered where the name came from – that is a great origin story.
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Me, too. Especially because I knew Lindbergh was also called Lindy. In the end, there was really a connection 🙂
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 🙂
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.
All the 1920s dances look like fun. I want to try… sooner or later 😉
Looks like such a fun dance! I’d like to learn it!
Me too 🙂
I love the Lindy Hop! So much fun!
Do you dance it?
Not well but yes, I try.
I was not aware the Lindy came from Jazz
These topics are very informative, Dearie
I think the lindy hop was most popular between the 1940s and 1950s, am I right?
Ah – now I am more informed about the Lindy Hop! Lily High Fly – what a great name!
I would have liked to find some more info about the Lindy, but hey, who knows, maybe another post 😉