The Lindy Hop is one of those dances that almost didn’t make it.
Along with swing jazz, it developed hot on the heels of The Charleston, peaked in the 1930s but then fell into rapid decline after World War II.
It stayed dormant until the 1980s when it was revived by dancers in New York, California, Stockholm and the Untied Kingdom.
During this time, some of the great original Lindy Hop dancers such as Frankie Manning, Al Minns and Norma Miller came out of retirement and toured the world teaching Lindy Hop. This was to jump start a Lindy Hop resurgence that has since grown into a healthy international scene.
Today there’s Lindy Hop communities all over the world, including one right here in Calgary ( www.toetappinswing.com , www.swingdancecalgary.com )
And to give you a taste for this vibrant flashy dance, I’ve posted a clip for you from ‘Hellzapoppin’ which features a famous Lindy Hop sequence choreographed by the great Frankie Manning, who also dances part of it himself. (He’s in the overalls)