The Lindy Hop was not a spontaneous creation, but rather the product of multiple influences across time. This upbeat, partnered swing dance came into its own in the ’20s and ’30s in Harlem. My presentation will explore the socio-cultural context of its development through both performance and an oral component, explaining its different names and variations as the dance came into contact with new groups of people and new music.It will highlight such iconic individuals in the dance’s history as Frankie Manning, “Shorty” George Snowden, and Al Minns, as well as illustrate the key moments that solidified the Lindy Hop as the dance we know today. It will further explain contradictory theories about the dance’s name and its supposed connection to Charles Lindbergh. The aim of this presentation is to give context to the social dance phenomenon of the Lindy Hop, a phenomenon that has carried on into today’s swing world.
Katherine Carr, ’13
Sponsor: Jim Van Valen