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What is Lindy Hop
verfasst von: tyra am 16.05.2004, 19:01 Uhr
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Geschichte und Hintergrund Lindy hop is the father of Rock’n’Roll, Boogie Woogie and Jive. Danced mainly to Swing music, it came up in the 20's and 30's in Harlem, New York, reaching its peak in the 40's.
Lindy Hop evolved in the early twenties from a mixture of the dances called ‘Breakaway’, ‘Texas Tommy’ and ‘Charleston’. In older literature it is described as a ‘syncopated Two-Step which accentuates the offbeat’. The basic steps cover 8 beats and therefore fit perfectly in the traditional Swing music.
Legend has it that the name was invented in 1927 when Charles ‘Lindy’ Lindbergh ‘hopped’ over the Atlantic. As the basic steps where already named ‘The Hop’, it was appropriate to change the name of the dance in ‘Lindy Hop’.

The Lindy Hop reached its peak in the beginning of the 40's together with the rise of the great Big Bands. Chick Webb along with Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to name just a few influenced the Lindy Hop with their music. After the Second World War the Lindy Hop in its Basic Form was replaced by the ‘East Coast Swing’ (a 6-count Lindy) and the ‘West Coast Swing’ in the USA. In Europe, Jive, Rock’n’Roll and Boogie Woogie where the successors of Lindy Hop.

As late as in the beginning of the 80's, the Swedish showgroup ‘The Rhythm Hot Shots’ brought the Lindy Hop back to life. In1982, they gave life to the Herräng Dance Camp, still one of the most famous Swing Dance Camps in Europe, which takes place in the small village near Stockholm. It only took a few year to spread the Lindy Hop all over Europe. At the end of the 80's the first Workshops in Switzerland, though by the ‘Jiving Lindy Hoppers’ from UK took place. Since 1995 there are regular dance events in Switzerland. Today the Swiss Lindy Community consists of around a thousand people.