Tag: Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop At The Olympics

Lindy Hop At The 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Video of the Week #010

Back in 2012, some of us had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic games, held in London! Not only did we get to participate in one of the greatest sporting events in the world but, WE ALSO GOT TO DANCE THE LINDY HOP!! Our section was dancing with the NHS as doctors and nurses, alongside actual NHS staff from all over the UK!

It goes to show that dance transcends all barriers, needs no language translation and is enjoyed the world over!

Global Shim Sham

Global Shim Sham for Frankie Manning
Video of the Week #005

Dancers from around the world dance a Shim Sham as a tribute to Frankie Manning on his 95th birthday. The video was edited by Akemi Kinukawa and was screened during the Frankie95 celebration held in New York City over the 2009 Memorial Day weekend.

It features over 5,000 dancers from 22 countries in four and a half minutes of pure joy.

The song is "T'aint What You Do" by Jimmie Lunceford. For more information on this, click  << here >>.

Guide To Basic Floorcraft

The Swungover* Guide to Basic Floorcraft (swing dance)
Video of the Week #004

The dance floor can sometimes get a little crowded so it's always a good idea to be aware of the other dancers and how much space you have / can take up and how you can try and "minimise" bumping into people.

Here's a great video from the guys at Swungover (Bobby White & Annabel Truesdell Quisao) with some really useful tips on floorcraft. Music is by the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

The 1920s Dance Phenomenon

The 1920s Dance Phenomenon that Broke the Race Barrier
Video of the Week #003

A great video compilation from Timeline News, a broadcasting and media production company.

"It didn't matter if you were white, black, green, whatever, as long as you could dance." - Frankie Manning, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

Khaki Swing

Lindy Hop in the Gap Commercial "Khaki Swing"
Video of the Week #002

This commercial for Gap Khakis from 1998 helped propel swing music back into the mainstream and publicised the swing revival of the late 90's (of which we are currently a part of).

Hellzapoppin’

Lindy Hop scene from Hellzapoppin', 1941
Video of the Week #001

Probably the greatest Lindy hop sequence ever filmed. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers from the 1941 film Helzapoppin'.

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers was a professional performing group of Savoy Ballroom swing dancers, started in 1935 by Herbert "Whitey" White. Of all the members of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, Al Minns and Leon James were the most famous.

The musicians in this scene were Slim Gaillard (piano, guitar), Slam Stewart (bass), Rex Stewart (trumpet), Elmer Fane (clarinet), Jap Jones (trombone) and CP Jonstone (drums).

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