The Lindy Hop, named after aviator Charles Lindbergh and his solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927, is a rhythmical and groovy couple dance, originally created to big band music in the Harlem ballrooms around the time of the depression. The dance form is based on a traditional lead- and follow structure, but opens up for an endless amount of improvisations and individual interpretations. The Lindy Hop can be danced to all kind of tempi, offers both closed and intimate patterns, traditional open figures, solo steps, and occasionally it also takes to the air. Inbedded (two out of 17 classes) in the full-time programs in Lindy Hop are one class each of two dances, that historically have been connected and important for the development of the Lindy Hop: Tap and African. Back in the days, these dances directly or indirectly were linked to and influential on the Lindy Hop.
Origin: Harlem in New York City during the late 1920s and into the early 1940s.
Music: mainly traditional swing, but also other forms of jazz related music meant for dancing.
Synonyms: Jitterbug, Swing and Jive.
Film clips: A Day at the Races (1937), Swing Fever (1943) and Jammin' the Blues (1944).
Please notice that the registrations for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced both include a mutual audition. When applying for either of these programs, please sign up for Lindy Hop IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced at the registration page on My Herräng.
The level of the program is primarily meant for not yet so experienced teachers and potential teachers. The track is open for both couples and individual dancers, and will be based on a mix of solo work and partnered work. For those coming to the track without a regular partner, there will be possibilities to either, depending on your preference, work alone or together with a temporary partner from the class.
This program follows the general direction of all other Lindy Hop tracks, but is specially designated for students from 18 years old up to 21. The program is new for this year and a kind of prolonged leg of Swing Teens.