Wednesday - Lindy Hop

 
Wednesdays

@ St Paul's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP

 

*There will be no on the day walk in spaces. Please book in advance.*

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lindy Hop Class

 

8:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Social Dance (17th November only)

Cost: £8 per person

**Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate**

Join us!

  • Partner dancing is back!

  • These beginner friendly classes will be taught in monthly blocks with progression throughout the month. For the best experience join us every week throughout the calendar month, but the teachers will recap the key points from the previous session at the start of each class.

  • In this class we will rotate between partners, so there is no requirement to book with a partner. However, we do welcome dancers who wish to stick with one partner for the whole class. You can book together or separately. You are responsible for making sure you have both secured and paid for your tickets, so please confirm this with each other so that you don't end up on your own at the class!

  • Pre-book only on the website (no on the door places).

  • Please inform committee if you feel you should have a specific risk assessment for your needs due to covid-19 risks.

Please follow these rules:

  • Please arrive wearing a FACE COVERING and only remove it when you are dancing.

  • HAND SANITIZER is available to use before and after session.

  • CSD has a CODE OF CONDUCT which covers expectations before, during and after sessions. Please make sure you read through this before attending.

More details on how we're returning to partner dancing

About Lindy Hop

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Swing Fever!

What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop was born in the 1920s in Harlem, New York City and danced to the swing jazz music of the era.  It was a fusion of jazz dances, charleston, breakaway and tap.

Ever wondered what it would be like to dance how they do in the movies in the 1930s and 40s? Like those old black and white films where you hear the sounds of some unbelievable jazz band, and then the camera pans from the band to the crowd and everyone’s swinging out like crazy? How do they actually learn how to do that?

Then you think to yourself, ‘Where has this lost art gone? Nobody in this day and age seems to dance like that. Or, do they?’ So you Google it, and you find out they do, and that it’s right here in Cambridge. You find out that old dance style is called Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, or sometimes just Swing Dancing. Cool.

 

The story goes that Shorty George Snowden and Mattie Purnell invented the dance in 1928 during a dance marathon at the Rockland Palace Ballroom in New York. Snowden later christened it the “Lindy Hop”, possibly as a variation on the earlier (unrelated) “Lindbergh Hop”, named in honour of aviator Charles Lindbergh. During the 1980s and 90s there was a huge revival in interest in Lindy Hop, and today it is again danced by thousands of people all over the world.