May 26 - World Lindy Hop Day

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HISTORY - in video

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We feel privileged that Diane and I had the desire and talent to search, seek out, and learn directly with the original masters of the dances from Balboa, Shag, traditional Boogie Boogie or Vernacular Jazz and Tap and Lindy Hop from New York to Los Angeles, so we can share and pass their knowledge on to you. This at a time when not many were interested but at a time where they were still in their mature prime to share and teach, starting in the late 1980's. A journey that allowed us to become family and work side to side with them over many years. It inspired us to create our own International Dance Festivals staring in 1993 and have people meet these inspirational stars in person. Many reached a healthy age well into their 90's, yes even with eating fried chicken! It is an inclusive family where every visit and and dance started and ended with a hug! Like Frankie used to say:

Life is a party and you are invited .....

 

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Jean Veloz

From " Groovie Movie"

Norma Miller

From " Hellzapoppin'"

Fayard Nicholas

From "Stormy Weather"

Maxie Dorf

From Start Cheering

Frankie Manning

From "Hellzapoppin'"

Hal Takier

From "Maharaja"

Wynton Marsalis

Lincoln Jazz Orchestra

Frankie Manning

From "Hellzapoppin'"

The Rich History of Swing Dancing

Let's start with one of the most influential figures in the world of Swing Dancing and the dance called the Lindy Hop, the grand daddy of all styles of Swing Dancing, and the man who helped develop and spread the dance around the world from it's origins: Dancer, Choreographer , Superstar and most admired and loved ambassador of the dance ....... Frankie Manning 

The Ultimate - The Holy Grail - "Hellzapoppin' "

Lindy Hop was a social dance first, but as limits were pushed and tempo's increased and gravity was challenged in the dance by Dancer and Choreographer Frankie Manning in one of the most celebrated performance group "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers", the performance style Lindy Hop appeared in "Hellzapoppin'" in 1941 and was recently colorized. It shows how the dance evolved onto stage in this breathtaking piece. Of course they had to dress like servants but could not be ignored. The dance spread to all cultures and countries across the world especially when GI's shared the dance throughout the world. Here today in many forms and danced to all different styles of music the dance ahas come back in it's original form across the world since the early 1990's especially as a social dance! Just search for Lindy Hop on Youtube and you will find a smorgesbrot of inspirational videos. Now here enjoy the lead in and performance by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in 1941.

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WELCOME TO SWING JUNCTION 
WE ARE HERE TO BUILD COMMUNITY -  LEARN SIMPLE AND FUN SKILLS FOR PERSONAL GROWTH AND HAVE PLACES WHERE WE CAN RECONNECT, LISTEN AND DANCE TO GREAT MUSIC AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS.

 LET'S SWING DANCE BABY!

   Rob and Diane van Haaren    
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