Lindy Hop / Swing Dancing – What it is and why it’s the missing part of your fitness routine?

Lindy hop is a dance style that developed alongside the big band jazz music of the Swing Era. It
originated in the Afro American communities of Harlem, New York and became wildly popular in the
1930s-50s.

Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is
mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston.

The music has its roots in African rhythms, and came full circle to South Africa in the 1930s, with
Sophiatown becoming known as Little Harlem for its Savoy-style music and dancing. A thriving swing
dancing scene has been growing in Cape Town since 2012.

Lindy hop re-emerged in the 1990s as people saw vintage footage of the dance, and the craze spread
to the US and Europe and is now re-sprouting its roots worldwide.

Reasons to learn to swing dance:

IT’S FOR EVERYONE
Swing dancing is a social dance for EVERYBODY, no matter your age, experience, shape, color or size,
and the best part is – you don’t need a partner! Rock up to the classes solo, and you’ll be dancing with
many other beginner dancers.

IT”S FUN EXERCISE
I mean REALLY fun. Such fun that you won’t even notice the sweat building up or how the past hour
has just flown by.

IT”S COOL TO BE ABLE TO DANCE
There’s something about learning to dance that brings out an element of swag in everyone!

DANCING HELPS YOU GET OUT OF YOUR MIND
… and into your body. Give those little burnt-out cogs in your head a break for a change and let your
body cut loose.

MEET NEW PEOPLE
You’ll get a chance to meet lots of new people of all ages and backgrounds as you rotate to different
partners throughout the class and on the social dance floor.

THE MUSIC IS INFECTIOUS
It’s impossible to sit still and keep your toes from tapping while listening to legendary tunes from the
Swing Era.

CONFIDENCE
How good will you feel the next time you dance with someone and have the confidence because you
KNOW HOW!

DANCING MAKES YOU HAPPY
You will be very challenged to find images of Lindy dancers without a smile on their face. And there’s so
much to feel good about in Lindy hop: spinning, jumping, kick-ball-changing; the music, the selfexpression,
the look of delight on your partner’s face! The list is endless.

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