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 The Lindy-Hop

 

Come and enjoy some some awesome visual examples of the major swing dance styles danced by some of the greatest swing-dancers!  

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The Lindy-Hop is an American dance that originated in Harlem, New york City in the early 1930's and evolved with the Jazz music of that time. It was a hugely popular dance during the 1930's and early 1940's 

Lindy-Hop has become increasingly more popular since it was revived in the 1980's

 Some Great 'Hoppin' Tunes...

 

Boogie Woogie and Jive are similar 6 count dances that originated from the 6 count moves of the Lindy-hop. 

As the 'Big-band' and Lindy-Hop era came to an end in the mid-to-late 1940's, Boogie and Jive evolved to the newer sounds of Jump-Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Rock n' Roll 

 Some cool Boogie tunes to practice to ...

 

Boogie Woogie   n' Jive

 

"TAKE ME RIGHT BACK TO THE TRACK - JACK!"

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BALBOA CLASSICS

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Our reccomended album for Balboa Music this month is:

Balboa originated in Balboa, Newport Beach California during the 1920's and gained popularity during the 1940's amongst swing dancers

 

the basic follows an 8 count pattern and is danced in a close hold position. Bal-Swing uses the same basic rhythm but breaks-away into open position swing patterns

 A little music to Bal by...

 

Balboa & Bal-Swing

Charleston

The Charleston is named after Charleston, South Carolina USA. The dance was made popular by the song "The Charleston" by James P. Johnson which featured in the hit Broadway Musical "Running Wild" 

Charleston peaked in popularity around 1926

and was a big contributor in the creation of the Lindy-Hop

 Charleston! Charleston! Everybody loves Charleston...

 

Collegiate Shag is an uptempto dance, danced to Swing and pre-swing jazz music. 

The term Collegiate Shag refers to a style of the dance popluar amongst american youth during the 1930's and 40's. It'sorigins are unclear possibly starting in the South as a "street dance"


 

 Some 'Shag-time' sounds...

 

Collegiate Shag

WHERE DID IT BEGIN AND WHO WERE THE GREATS?

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