We teach a variety of swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Solo Jazz, Blues and Tap. Our primary focus is Lindy Hop.
If you went to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem from the late 1920’s through the mid-1940’s, you might have walked into a battle of the bands between Benny Goodman and Chick Webb. In the middle of that block-long ballroom, you would have seen a sea of Lindy Hoppers dancing the night away.
Lindy Hop is an energetic, sometimes athletic dance that expresses the joy of swing-era music. It is the most common swing-era dance done today, with millions of enthusiasts all over the world.
Here’s a classic clip from the movie Buck Privates:
Balboa is a dance that originated in the crowded ballrooms of Southern California, where breaking away from your partner was forbidden. When it is danced in a close ballroom style embrace, it is referred to as Pure Balboa. Balboa evolved to include movements that included breaking away, and this is called Bal-Swing. It is danced to the same music as Lindy Hop.
Here is a short clip of Balboa:
Charleston was a solo and partner dance that is well known for being popular in the 1920’s, but it is also a big part of Lindy Hop. This is a favorite clip of famous Lindy Hoppers Al Minns and Leon James doing their own brand of solo Charleston.