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Swing and Lindy (Online) Practice Playlist

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by

NOTE: Unfortunately, it appears that the Grooveshark player is no longer working. Sorry for the inconvenience.

To further help those in our Swing and Lindy Hop classes, we’ve compiled a list of “online” songs for you to¬†practice¬†to. This playlist consists of songs we found available on Grooveshark and are playable via the widget on the right. Now all you have to do is setup your laptop near your practice space (or better yet, hook it up to your stereo) and and press play.

These songs were specifically selected because they have solid beats and steady rhythms. This is especially good for beginners. The tempos in the playlist are mixed, however, all the songs tend to be on the slower side so they should be easy to use for practice. Jump around in the list and find something that inspires you.

If you enjoy the music, be sure to pop by your favorite music service (or music store) and make a purchase. It’s good to support swing music! We’ve also compiled a list of suggested practice music specifically available on iTunes.

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Charleston and Early Lindy Hop

Posted on October 27th, 2010 by

For those of you wondering about the roots of Lindy Hop, here is some footage from the 1929 short “After Seben”. It is some of the earliest known footage of Lindy Hop and features one of the original innovators of the dance, “Shorty” George Snowden. You can see the strong roots in Charleston and the very early swing outs.

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1939 World’s Fair

Posted on April 30th, 2010 by

On this date in 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened. To celebrate, here is some rare early color footage of dancing at the fair. While color was new, portable film recorders did not yet have sound… so we’ll have to enjoy in silence. Note that the world famous and historic Savoy Ballroom had an exhibit.

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Balboa + Lindy Hop = Awesome!

Posted on February 19th, 2010 by

A little inspiration from the 1943 short “Maharaja”.

Dancers: Hal & Betty Takier

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