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It all began in Harlem back in 1926 at the Savoy Ballroom with a man called George Snowden (Shorty George). He called this dance the "Lindy Hop" in reference to Charles Lindbergh's "hop" across the Atlantic.
Jitterbug referred to the same dance style, but some dancers refused to give up the name. This controversy persists today.
In the late 1920's in Harlem Lindy Hop was danced wherever there was a party!
The Lindy Hop was extremely popular, and people danced to the top Big Bands in the country. As it improved Saturday night competitions evolved and stretched dancers to an unprecedented level.
New steps were created on a regular basis to such an extent that the dance was just as exciting to watch as l as to perform.
In this creative environment a young dancer named Frankie Musclehead Manning created the first airsteps in 1935, and the Lindy Hop soared.
In 1936, the name lost its esteem because of Lindbergh's racist views, his contempt for the swing era in America and his acceptance of the highest Nazi civilian medal ordered by Adolph Hilter. Thus "Jitterbug" replaced Lindy Hop.
Lindy Hop is popular worldwide and forms the foundation for styles such as West Coast Swing, Rock'n'Roll, and Boogie Woogie.
Come along and try this fun dance style.
This workshop is an introduction to Lindy Hop. No experienced needed.
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