All about the Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is an 8 count dance that originated from the partnered Charleston in Harlem in the 1920s.

It’s known for its high energy and flashy air steps and is usually performed to jazz and big band music from the 1930s – 1950s.

According to Shorty George, although they just used to call it ‘The Hop’, it’s name evolved into Lindy Hop after Charles Lindbergh’s ‘hop’ across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 .

This clip below shows you how lindy hop started to evolve from the Charleston swing out – where the couple breaks out into an open position during the basic.


Although lindy hop lost its popularity and almost died out, a revival began in New York in the 1980s when lindy hop greats Al Minns and Frankie Manning began to teach a new generation of dancers at the Cameron Dance Centre.

Today the lindy hop is alive and well and there are thriving communities all over the world including the biggest international lindy hop gathering that occurs annually at the Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden.

To give you a taste of the modern lindy hop, here’s a short clip for you of the Lindy Hop Harlem Hot Shots performing some incredible air steps at the Herrang Dance Camp in 2011.

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