Lindy Hop is an African American dance, based on the popular Charleston and named for Lindberg’s Atlantic crossing, that evolved in New York City in 1927. It is a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. Lindy Hop co-evolved with jazz music and is a member of the swing dance family. It is frequently described as a jazz or street dance.
In its development, Lindy Hop combined elements of both solo and partner dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances. This is most clearly illustrated in Lindy’s basic step, the swingout. In this step’s open position, each dancer is generally connected hand-to-hand; in its closed position, men and women are connected as though in an embrace.
Revived in the 1980s by American, Swedish, and British dancers, Lindy Hop dancers and organizations can now be found in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
Balboa today is commonly used as a general term for dances that come from southern California during the 1920s and 1930s, which makes the history very obscure. Most of the original Balboa dancers have passed and many of the swing dancers that followed continued to use their steps and sometimes styles to integrate into their «swing» dancing which some people today call «Bal-Swing».
Balboa is a form of swing dance that started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It is danced primarily in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The art of Balboa is the subtle communication between the lead and follow, like weight shifts, that most viewers cannot see. As a result, Balboa is considered more of a «dancer’s dance» than a «spectator’s dance».
Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations.
Swing and Lindy hop dancers actively use authentic elements of Jazz and Tap. Encyclopedic dictionary says: «Tap dance — a kind of dance. A characteristic feature of the dance is a rhythmic drum footwork. Usually performed in a special tap dance shoes, studded with metal plates. »
Nicholas brothers brought the real worldwide fame for the tap dance, through their participation in the film «Sun Valley Serenade.» Their amazing art has proven that the more professional tap dancer, the greater and more expressive is the music he dances. Fred Astaire made tap dances a way of life, a form of thinking, a model of style and elegance: an astonishing man in tuxedo, with a hat and a cane in his hand – so he was remembered by the world. He used elements of classical and ballroom dancing. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance duo raised tap dance to the classic heights. Where he remains to this day.
You like swing music. Do you really want to learn how to dance? Or you have been dancing for a few months and want to continue? This is the right level for you. Here you will learn basic steps and movements. All you need is dance shoes, a small portion of patience and desire for dancing!
So, you are already in control over both eight counts and six counts, you actively use and mix them on the dance floor. If you can lead any figure or follow the leader – you are ready for this level. Here you will learn to dance faster and feel more comfortable while dancing.
Don’t expect that on this level teaches will explain you different figures, at this level self-criticism is the best teacher. The number of classes you’ve taken and workshops you’ve attended is not the criteria for A level. There are no secret figures you should know. If you can honestly admit that you are done with all above-listed levels and you want and need that little extra something to reach total perfection – this level is for you.