Dance the Lindy Hop

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Avid Lindy Hopper Teresa Egan discusses the basics and origins of the lindy hop.

    Teresa Egan

    Teresa grew up in the DC metro area and was a gymnast, figure skater, swimmer and diver as a kid. In her senior year of high school, she became an avid Lindy Hopper (the original swing dance). While attending the College of William and Mary, Teresa started to teach Lindy Hop in downtown Richmond with Buck Smolow. They later expanded to teaching in Richmond's East End, Richmond's West End, Williamsburg and Fredericksburg. Buck & Teresa created the Richmond Lindy Hop scene and their first students are now the core. Teresa has done well in dance competitions. In 1998, she and Bill Puschman competed in the DC Dancesport Inferno and won first place in Lindy Hop. In 1999, Teresa competed in the Hanover Dance Festival with Buck Smolow and was awarded first place in the Advanced Swing division and first place overall in the Advanced division. Due to the success of Buck & Teresa's regular classes, they were invited to teach as special guests at big events. The American Red Cross invited them to teach Lindy Hop at their national convention. Later, the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society invited Buck & Teresa to teach a full day workshop in 2000. Also in 2000, The Model A Restorers Club invited them to teach at their national meet. In addition, Teresa received a scholarship to learn from the best Lindy Hoppers in the world in Sweden, Finland, and Russia in 2002.

    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.