Sunday, October 21, 2012

LINDY HOPPERS ENTERTAIN CROWDS


Lately, I have been watching YouTube videos of a dance called the Lindy Hop. One would find it hard not to smile and stomp their feet while watching this energetic dance.

The Lindy hop is a dance that was first started in Harlem, New York in the 1920's,1930's. It is said that the Savoy ballroom was the place to be back then to experience the thrill of the dance. With its mixture of the Charleston and other jazz dances the Lindy Hop grew in popularity during the swing era.

Today, with the interest in anything that has to do with the 1940's and 1950's, Lindy Hop , Jive and Swing has seen a resurgence.

My most favorite example of this dance can be seen by watching the video "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers".  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahoJReiCaPk

I was amused as I watched the couple swing about and throw themselves into the air. The gal in the video looked almost like a rag doll as her limbs thrashed about 

The dance is definitely not for the faint at heart. It requires much energy and athletic ability. I for one do not think I could last five minutes doing the Lindy Hop. But it sure does look like a fun way to workout and get good cardio.

Watching videos of the dances of the Swing Era made me wish we could go back to those times. Dance halls, ballrooms, filled with people all there to have a good time. Big band music playing live, with the full orchestra.


Thankfully the Lindy Hop and the music of the Swing Jazz era are still alive and doing well today.There are jazz clubs popping up all over the place. Forties and fifties based festivals and carnivals such as the "Wintersun" on the Gold Coast Australia http://www.wintersun.org.au/ 
These gain new visitors each year as the bygone era continues to gain
  popularity..


Rachel Davies Google+ October 24, 2012

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