Over the summer we started to put together an important History & Resources page to make sure that we’re providing context and respect for this Black artform.
The page is a work in progress. iLindy is in the process of uncovering better ways to share and appreciate the African American history of the dance and celebrate the voices of Black dancers, both past and present.
First and foremost, we want to make sure that people know that:
Lindy Hop is a Black American dance that originated in Harlem, New York City.
The dance developed in the late 1920s from a combination of earlier dances like the breakaway, the Charleston, the Texas Tommy, and the hop. The dance evolved alongside the popular jazz music of the time, played by Black big bands.