Do you know where the name "The Lindy Hop" Comes from? July 05 2021

Who invented it and who started the form of the dance that we know nowadays?
We'll give you a hint ūüėČ the step that you might know named the "Shorty George" has to do with it.
See this movie clip of "After Seben" in 1929 in COLOR! Thanks to Black Pepper Swing and learn all about it in the text below !
George "Shorty" Snowden was an African American dancer in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s. He and his partner Mattie Purnell invented the Harlem Lindy Hop in the dance marathon at Harlem's Rockland Palace between June and July 1928.
Shorty George Snowden was the top dancer in the Savoy Ballroom from its opening in 1927 into the early 30's when he formed the first professional Lindy Hop troupe, the Shorty Snowden Dancers. They performed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra at the Paradise Club downtown through most of the thirties.
Although he was barely five feet tall, Snowden made his height an asset rather than a liability. With comic genius, he parodied himself in his signature "Shorty George" step, in which he bent his knees, swinging from side to side, exaggerating his closeness to the ground.
Shorty's partner, Big Bea, towered over him. They often ended their routines in a comic move in which she carried him off the dance floor on her back. Frankie Manning says that this move inspired him to create his first air step, in which his partner started out on his back, and then she flipped over his head and landed on the ground. Ironically, Shorty was defeated by Manning in a major competition when Manning introduced this first air step in 1935. Manning replaced Snowden as the reigning king of the Savoy.
Manning remembers his first idol and sometimes competitor at the Savoy this way: "Shorty was a great comic dancer who knew his art well, like Jack Benny on violin and Victor Borge on piano. He brought comical moves to Lindy Hop and intricacies of footwork."
Snowden is often given credit for giving Lindy Hop its name. As the story goes, there was a charity dance-marathon in New York City in 1928, shortly after Charles Lindbergh's (known as "Lucky Lindy") triumphant "hop" across the Atlantic. A reporter saw Snowden break away from his partner and improvise a few steps in a style that was popular in Harlem. "What was that!?" he asked. Snowden thought for a few seconds and replied, "I'm doin' the Hop...the Lindy Hop". The name stuck.
Now that you know where the term comes from you can understand our Lindy Hops Tee, which shows the newspaper tabloid when Lindenberg flew through the Atlantic for the first time.

Have you ever celebrated your birthday dancing in a Jam? May 23 2019


Have you ever celebrated your birthday dancing in a Jam? And felt the thrill of being invited to dance, or well let's say it, lovingly stolen from one dancer too and other, from friends to complete strangers, from beginners to teachers?

Or have you ever participated in spontaneous Jam that just like a smoke bomb appears out of nothing in the middle of the room to fulfill our souls of pure joy?

If you have maybe you feel and think like I do. 
I truly believe and proven there are few things in life that can make us feel the happiness of what a dancing Jam can. Whether you are dancing or clapping around it, the fact everyone is there moving their body to the sound of music for the fun of it it's just amazing.

Egos disappear it is a fact, brotherhood arises. 
To each creative step or even fall, there is an equivalent and LOUD cheer. The energy swirls on increasing stages of liveness. And there is no sweeter circle made in any other environment, not in classes, not in competitions, not in rehearsals. Just beautiful social dance, where it all once started.

If you haven't had the guts to get into a jam, because you believe you gotta be a great dancer to participate, cos that's what usually happens, or if you ever thought someone cannot go inside because of the same reason, think twice.
Jams are about fun, about mutual encouragement, about improvisation, playfulness and most of all to set free our creativity and spirit.

So next time you see one or it's your birthday do it. Allow yourself to be the center for a bit. Cos you are not the center and are at the same time. This is a center that spirals into each one looking and inspires.

Go for it, be happy, life is now.

Share if you Agree. 

Much Love, Victoria from TheLindyShop.
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Swing Nation : The Lindy Hop Talk Show ! September 13 2014


Did you know that Lindy Hop has its own live talk show? No idea, Right?

It does! Starred and presented ¬†by @Spuds @ZuckerPunch and @Rikomatic and produced and broadcasted by famous website Yehoodi. ¬†‚ÄúSwingNation‚ÄĚ goes online once a week to bring up the latest news and best information about the Lindy Hop world though ¬†¬†awesome live interviews and videos. Best part is, it is actually an interactive show, where viewers can ¬†participate though a chat room.

Swing Nation has allready 56 episodes that can be download or watched online  totally for free at :


Stay tuned !

Lindy Hop: A Korean Take Over September 12 2014

Lindy Hop in Korea has only started 7 years ago and has already become one of the biggest social swing dancing scenes in the world, gathering already more than 5000 dancers in the city of  Seoul. Not only there is a huge offer of swing dancing venues but also a the quality of the dancing can be compared to the one found on international events such as Herrang, an exchange, or a special event dance weekend.

There are several Lindy Hop clubs in Korea. Most commonly in Seoul, this are call ‚ÄúSwing Bar‚ÄĚ which typically opens around 7 PM to the end of the dance and most of dances go from 8PM to 12AM, but it depends on the swing bar and the day of the week.Entrance fees are about $6 american dollars or around 5000 to 8000 WON, which is the Korean currency and include one beverage.

This growing community has lead up to swing addicts wish came true. YOU CAN DANCE EVERY NIGHT ! Yes! Seoul has up open Swing Bar from Monday to Sunday  Here is a recommended list for dancing: Sunday: Swing Time,Monday: Big Apple,Tuesday: Swing Time ,Wednesday: RingoPop or Swing Zoo,Thursday: Boogie Woogie or Sky Grand Ballroom,Friday: Happy,Saturday: (varies).

Korean swing dancers usually use their nicknames inside the scene, for fun and also to make the cultural gap smaller with the rest of the world dancers (Lets admit it, non Asian people as us suck at remembering and pronouncing names). So i will be common if you meet up  with people with cute,funny of English names that you wouldn't typically imagine. It is common on the scene to dance only one song with each partner, so don't feel excluded if you partner does not ask you for another dance!  Korean Men are said to be kind of shy, as a follower it is common to ask for a dance as well. This is an open minded community.

If you are planning to travel to South Korea  here is a special list of links that we have specially gathered up for you ! :

Swing Dancer Adamas contact and telephone number: or facebook          

mobile phone number for urgency. 011-784-0595 (+82-11-784-0595).




Most actualized calendar for swing dancing in Seoul online:  link to calendar



  • Swing Dance Venues in Seoul, Korea

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And Here is an other  map for Swing Dancing locals in Seoul:

ILHC is around the corner! August 22 2014

(Photo by Andrew Fritz)

For the 6th year, the International Lindy Hop championships are taking place in Washington DC from August the 20 till the 24 at the luxurious Renaissance Hotel!

A four day event will include classes, live bands, dances, and of course the contests!

This year's categories are : Pro Showcase, Showcase,Team,Pro Classic,Classic,Slow Dance,Solo Charleston,4 Strictly Lindy (Open, Advanced, Invitational, All star),4 Jack & Jill Comps (Open ,Advanced,All star and Invitational), 2 Balboa Comps (Strictly and J&J) and they will be Live Streamed and commented  by So don t worry ! No matter where in the globe you are, you won't miss it. This is a one major event, really exciting to watch live. We say you get together with a couple of friends, cook some popcorn and buy some beer. Put on  the streaming, the thrill of attending a live competition is sizzling. Don't you miss it !

Here is a youtube playlist with all the 2013 winners for you to know what you wil be missing if you don't watch this once-in-a-year event !


Dancing in New Orleans June 13 2014

As a Lindy hopper visiting New Orleans someday in your life it’s a must. Why? Plain and simple. Live music is everywhere! Big bands, Brass bands,Blues, Swing, Jazz, Soul, hip hop, you name it. Plus, people from New Orleans are super friendly and in a great mood. Cheap eats, bike friendly and of course the lovely Lindy hop scene.

New Orleans is a city chosen by many tourist’s to party on bachelor/ ette away trips, the famous Bourbon street has become a sins alley (?) Strippers, lousy music covers,tits and beer. Local dancers and musicians choose told us  that best days for dancing are Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

If you wanna see THE REAL THING head over to Frenchmen St. this is where music just pop out from every single bar, at least three bands playing everyday in each bar, and there is one bar next to the other so walk up and down the street and spot out the dancers inside.

Lindy scene swings from  Mimis (Wednesdays),to  DBA bar, The Spotted Cat Music Club (Fridays) and Always Lounge on Sundays.

This amazing city is where great artists, dancers,dancing teachers and bands choose to live such as Andy Reid, Petter Loggins and  Bobby Bonsey, Tubba Skinny The Smoking Orchestra and The Palmetto Bug Stompers So don't miss out and put those dancing shoes in your carry-on!

For more information:

Happy Birthday Frankie Manning! May 28 2014

Frankie Manning is dancing in heaven! Yes he is ! The biggest and most amazing birthday party NYC (and probably the world) has ever seen has recently finished (and we are still recovering).

New york city held five days of non stop craziness that included great shows in historical places where lindy hop was born like the Apollo theatre and the Cotton Club up in East Harlem. Live Bands that would play ALL NIGHT LONG till 4 am, such as Gordon Webster, The Carling Family Band and the George Gee Orchestra.Amazing all levels lessons, and a crazy fast hellzappoping comptetition won by Soochan Lee and Hyun Jung Choi from Korea

We could not believe our eyes when more than two thousand slices of a sweet potato pie we have only heard about in songs where served just before midnight. All of a sudden blue and yellow ballons filled the air and flown vividly up and down three storages at Terminal 5 while  people from over 47 nations from Seoul to Argentina sang  together  the happy birthday. All, to honor a man we will always love and keep his memory alive. The one and only Frankie Manning!

Frankie 100 is coming... October 16 2013

No white walkers but all colors of the rainbow lindy hoppers from all around the world maybe very anxious and exited right now.

And this is because: YES! Frankie100 is only days left from becoming a reality.

If you love lindy hop, or any other swing dance, you will probably know who Frankie Manning is, but for those who may not know who he was, let me tell you that, what is happing on New York is something Awesome: peolple from all around the world will travel thousand of miles to attend a one in a lifetime party and thats the celebration of Frankie 100th birthday (if he would be alive, anfortunately he passed away some years ago) when we will remember him big! With a huge party, dance camps and more! 

If you want to know more about this on detail just go to Frankie100