Dancers get limber at the Savoy Ballroom, circa 1930s. Courtesy kexp.org
Dancers get limber at the Savoy Ballroom, circa 1930s. Courtesy kexp.org

Swing Dancing and jazz music developed hand in hand in the USA during the 1920s-1940s. The Lindy Hop is probably the best known Swing Dance and it evolved in Harlem, NYC. The epicentre of creativity was the Savoy ballroom where pioneers such as Frankie Manning, Freda Washington, Dean Collins, and Shorty George would dance to the big band jazz music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway.

Together with the Charleston and Balboa, Swing Dancing is a fantastic blend of energetic movements and elegant steps. It’s light-hearted, with a lot of humour. Swing Dancing was revived in the 1980s and there’s now a global scene, meaning that the Savoy Ballroom NYCdances continue to evolve.Here are some of today’s greatest Swing Dancers in action.

For us at Swing Out West, Lindy Hop is about social dancing to fantastic music, expressing (or finding!) your creative side, and sharing the moment with other people who love dancing.