Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.

In its development, the Lindy Hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances. This is most clearly illustrated in the Lindy’s basic step, the swingout. In this step’s open position, each dancer is generally connected hand-to-hand; in its closed position, men and women are connected as though in an embrace.

Revived in the 1980s by American, Swedish, and British dancers, the Lindy Hop is now represented by dancers and loosely affiliated grass roots organizations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. (source: wikipedia)


Lindy & Balboa dance bands

Alpha Rhythm Kings SF Bay Area
Clint Baker’s NOJB SF Bay Area
Cosmo Alleycats San Francisco
Hot Baked Goods San Francisco
Le Jazz Hot / The Hot Club San Francisco
Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers San Francisco
Speakeasy 3 Santa Cruz
South City Blues Band
Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit SF Bay Area


Other resources

Swing Planit WW Swing Festivals


Where to dance Lindy & Balboa