Lindy Hop is THE Swing Dance!
Lindy Hop is a couple dance from the afro-american jazzdance tradition. It is hailed as the first Swing dance and developed in Harlem, New York, during the late 1920's but reached it's high point within the next dacade as the "Swing Era" came to reach its Golden Age. It was danced to the popular Swing-Music of the time, to such well-known names as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. It was spread, during the Second World War, by American Soldiers under the name of "Jitterbug", although Jitterbug now includes other forms of Swing dancing. Lindy hop was, and still is, the original form of Swing Dancing! It is one of the most inspirational dance forms available, both to watch and to dance. It is a social (partner-dance), but you do not need to bring a partner to most classes and events.
The dance itself evolved out of the Charleston, which you might have seen on documentary films about the "Roaring Twenties" and the short-haired "Flapper" girls with long cigarettes and frilly dresses. Lindy is a dance based on an 8 count pattern with a low, rhythmic bounce that corresponds to the style of music, it is most often danced to Swing! Although the foot work is built on a basic step, improvisation and play are always incorporated and encourage by the very nature of the music.
Learning the basics of Lindy Hop can take an afternoon, but the addiction will remain a lifetime. Individual style and invention are valued by all fans of Lindy. While many Lindy Hoppers wear simply, comfortable clothing to dance in, there are many who enjoy "dressing up" in the styles of clothing worn during the Lind Hop's heyday, that is clothing from the 1930's and 40's. Today, the Lindy has addicted fans and dancers all around the world. International camps have sprung up, remembering, maintaining and recreating the spirit of the dance; the spirit of Swing.