Vernacular Jazz, also known as Solo Jazz or Jazz Roots, refers to black vernacular dances styles ranging from Cake Walk and Charleston through to Be-bop and early rock and roll. It indicates dancing without a partner (rather than dancing with a partner, like Lindy Hop). Unlike Broadway Jazz, it has limited influences from ballet. Solo Jazz can be improvised or choreographed. It ranges from sly and slinky to aerobic and goofy.
Teaching: Sundays 4:30 - 5:30 pm at Urban Movement Arts.
Research: the life and career of Ida Forsyne.
Lindy Hop was created by young Afro-American people 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.
photo credit: Jerry Almonte