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.
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.
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.