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The Dances Edit

Swing dancing encompasses a whole spectrum of dances that developed primarily in response to the Big Band swing music of the 1930's and 1940's in the United States. Most of the dances trace their roots to African-American dances, with partnered aspects influenced by the European dances, and the broader umbrella includes blues dancing, which predates the swing dance era, and other potentially independently derived regional/folk dance styles.

The History Edit

Swing Era Dance History Edit

  • Lindy Hop was a dance rooted in African-American dance forms that was developed in the Harlem Ballroom during the 1930s

Lindy Hop Revival History Edit

  • Mid-80s Santa Barbara Swing/Balboa (300 people, Sylvia Sykes)

External Resources

Video Bibliography Edit

Book Bibliography Edit

  • Frankie's Bibliography
  • Normal Miller's Bibliography

Academic Papers Edit

  • Harri Heinilä, An Endeavor by Harlem Dancers to Achieve Equality – The Recognition of the Harlem-Based Jazz Dance Between 1921 and 1943 (Helsinki, Finland: Unigrafia, 2015)
  • Terry Monaghan’s “Stompin’ At the Savoy” -Remembering, Researching and Re-enacting the Lindy Hop’s relationship to Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, (Dancing At The Crossroads. African Diasporic Dances in Britain. Conference Proceedings 1-2 August 2002).

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