Dating sites for over fifties
Theyre always saying the younger generation is going to pot and their dances have to be watered down so their older clientele can feel comfortable doing them.
(They said the same thing about the waltz, which so wickedly brought male and female bodies close together.) The Lindy Hop was performed by young kids in the twenties, jitterbug in the thirties, swing in the forties, and rock and roll/bebop/Carolina shag in the fifties.
(I lean here on two excellent accounts by Robert Crease of the dance's early history: Swing Story in the 2/86 Atlantic Monthly and Last of the Lindy Hoppers in the 8/25/87 Village Voice.) Jitterbug, which was popular in the 1930s, speeded the dance up, says Craig Hutchinson of Potomac Swing (emphasizing that no two people will agree on these definitions), using six beats of music for each figure.
Both the lindy and jitterbug used acrobatics, aerials (e.g., flipping the woman over the mans back), and breakaways (where the partners break apart from each other and do different things).
Video of competitive lindy dancing (superfast, from Lindy Library.com, where you'll find lots of video of lindy dancing) About swing Hand dancing in DC, Maryland, and Virginia Dance clubs and venues for swing dancing in Capital area Swing dance camps Dance Clubs and Societies Around the States Video of various styles of swing dancing, over the years Shopping for Swing Dance Stuff Selection from Dancing: A Guide to the Capital Area by Pat Mc Nees, currently in revision.See links below Swing dance, says Leslie Plant, developed in the 1920s when the Lindy Hop, an energetic improvisational jazz dance, took Harlem by storm. Much of the energy behind the original swing revival in D. came from contra dancers, many of whom became interested in swing in the 1980s because Ken Haltenhoff and Anne Townsend were doing it at all-night parties Ken would hold after the Bluemont contra dance. First, it's important to understand that there are both eight-beat and six-beat forms of swing (not to mention four-beat).By the 1930s, with the arrival of the swing style of Big Band Dance, the Lindy Hop, sometimes referred to as the one true American Folk Dance,' had become even more popular, drawing huge crowds to ballrooms across the country. Stan Fowler, the clogging Glen Echo Park ranger, backs his case with a 1943 article from Lifemagazine headed: The Lindy Hop: A True National Folk Dance Has Been Born in U. Many contra dancers do both; some are shifting their allegiance to swing. The Lindy Hop used eight (not the usual four) beats of music to complete a figure.(In the hustle the emphasis is on the upper body and the lady's arm work.) To the old timers East Coast swing is jitterbug and West Coast swing is swing and then theres studio swing (or jive) to cover the swing taught in dance studios.
There's also triple swing, where you add a couple steps on the slow beats.
Crease says the Swedes (who are great at swing dancing) call swing the American hambo (a wonderful but complex Scandinavian couples dance).