Lindy Hop is a dance named after Charles Lidbergh’s flight (hop) over the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Dance evolved on the streets of Harlem, New York in late 1920s and 30s and was danced to contemporary swing music. Lindy Hop was influences other dances (tap dance, breakaway, charleston, etc.). In the video sample you can find Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancers in the movie Hellzapoppin’ (1941).
Lindy Hop combines elements of both couple and solo dances, uses dance moves and improvisation so characteristic for african (or african-american) dances just as well as partnered elements copied from European dancing.
From 1980s on, dance was spread all over the world mainly thanks to dancers from USA, UK, and Sweden.
BEGINNERS – complete beginners who have never danced Lindy Hop, taken some of our taster classes, or would like to go over basics again.
BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE – you have taken at least 1 semester of classes (ap. 20 lessons), you are familiar with basics in 8-count and Charleston basics, you attend social dance nights.
INTERMEDIATE – you have taken at least 2 semesters of classes (ap. 40 lessons), you are familiar with lead and follow basic 8- and 6-counts, basic turns, Charleston and Tandem Charleston, you have tried some more complex moves and variations. You are familiar with basic jazz steps and know at least Shim Sham Shimmy.
ADVANCED – you have danced at least 4 semesters (ap. 80 lessons), you have no problems with lead and follow and moves done in Intermediate classes, you do not hesitate to improvise to music or dance to faster tempos. You can execute more complex jazz steps, more advanced routines such as Tranky Doo or Big Apple are welcome.