Lindy Hop was created by young black teenagers in Harlem in the 1930's. Lindy Hop is danced with a partner to classic big band music, swampy New Orleans jazz , or even Motown.
I started Lindy Hopping in 2009 in Baltimore. I was invited to perform with Gaurdian Baltmore which encouraged my anthropological thinking about social dance forms in the 21st century. After attending countless swing dance events and festivals all over the world, including Stompology, Herrang, ILHC, and more I created Ragtag Empire with Heather Houde, a Philly based swing dance business. We host parties, teach classes, and share history.
photos: Katrina D’Autrement