Tracy Egan: Hi! I am Tracy Egan and this is Tucker Jones (ph) and today we are going to learn how to lindy hop.
I became an avid lindy hopper in high school and then I continued in college and started teaching in Richmond, Fredericksburg and Lynchburg and my students in Richmond are still the core lindy hoppers today. I also got scholarship and I got to learn from the best lindy hoppers of the world in Sweden, Finland and Russia.
So, Lindy Hop. What is that? Its a dance that started in the late 1920s in Harlem by a couple of black teenagers and somebody came over and asked them, What is this dance? They didnt really have a name for it, so looked at the headline on the newspaper and it said, Lindy hops the pond, so they said, Oh, its called the Lindy Hop. So, the Lindy Hop is the original swing dance and all these other forms came from it, in Harlem it was Savoy Style, in California they have got Hollywood Style, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, jive, hustle, so all these dances came from Lindy Hop.
Today we are going to learn some basic six-count steps. We are going to put them altogether into a dance. You dont need much to do a lindy hop, just comfortable clothes, and if you want to wear shoes, dance shoes are preferable; you can wear leather-soled shoes or something with a rubber composite that isnt too sticky.
Lets get started.