Swing cats are my favourite kind of cats. The heppest of the hep. Other than Jazz cats, of course!
Dancing through wartime. And here’s how we all did it…
Swing Dancing describes a variety of dances including the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, and Balboa, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, and the Boogie Woogie.
Although it originated as early as the 1910s, the Lindy Hop was a dance that developed throughout the 1940s. As an American dance, the Lindy Hop entered mainstream American culture in the 1930s, gaining popularity through Dance troupes, including the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Hot Chocolates and the Big Apple Dancers . Hollywood films, such as Hellzapoppin’ 1941 and A Day at the Races 1937 began featuring the Lindy Hop in dance sequences.
In the 1930s and 40s, the Lindy Hop appeared in films and news reels, and was popular with American troopsstationed overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia…
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