Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop

One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh’s flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named “Shorty George” Snowden was watching some of the dancing couples. A newspaper reporter asked him what dance they were doing, and it just so happened that there was a newspaper with an article about Lindbergh’s flight sitting on the bench next to them. The title of the article read, “Lindy Hops The Atlantic,” and George just sort of read that and said, “Lindy Hop” and the name stuck. It is a free, improvised couple dance with a great emphasis on rhythmical variations and groove. It can also be heavy, close to the floor, slow and sassy or fast and raw.