If you don’t know who the Harlem Hotshots are, basically they are a group of professional Swedish dancers that are dedicated to the mission of showing people lindy hop.
It’s hard to see many good videos of the Big Apple these days, so it’s nice to see this video they made. I also LOVE that it was performed to different music because I dislike the notion that people can only Tranky Doo to The Dipsy Doodle or Shim Shim to T’aint What You Do or similar variations. It’s JAZZ for goodness sake. A lot of the songs have similar musical structures. As long as you pick a song with a similar structure to the routine song, it should still work out. I mean, obviously, some songs work out better and have better climaxes at certain points, but YOU GET THE POINT. We are all supposed to be improv dancers anyway, aren’t we??? Okay rant over lol.
Anyway, if you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend learning this routine. The Big Apple has some serious solo moves in it, and learning the rhythmic intricacies/moves will definitely improve your dancing both solo and partnered. I learned using Patrick & Natasha’s helpful Youtube series, and I definitely recommend it. It’s hard, I gave up on it a few times before I completed learning it, but it’s TOTALLY worth it. (PS: Don’t give up after Sequence 10, that was the hardest one for me! I promise you can get past Sequence 10!!!)
WOAAAHH!! NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE THIS!!! AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD!!!!
The Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dance scene from film Helzapoppin’ Probably the greatest Lindy hop sequence ever filmed! choreographed by the genius and pioneer of lindy hop: Frankie Manning. DAMN! I need this movie NOW
So you know those Savoy Ballroom lindy hop photos I reblogged a couple of weeks back? Here’s what these dancers actually looked like in motion—Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers as they appeared in Hellzapoppin’.
The speed is unbelievable, and those fucking aerials, man. (Notice how often they have a spotter on the ground for whoever’s going up in the air, but he’s in there so smoothly that he just looks like part of the act.)
This is my new dance journal (thanks to skypengu for buying my this Whitey’s Lindy Hopper’s journal for Christmas! Buy it here!)
(Adorable penguin drawing also courtesy of skypengu)
On the first few pages, I recorded all the dances notes I’ve taken over the years from some private lessons/classes, so I have something to refer to when I need something to work on.
The next pages will be filled with a journal documentation of every time I go dancing this year. I’ll be posting each entry individually, but because I didn’t have to time to post this until today and I’ve already been dancing, here’s the first page of entries.
It’ll be reflections, notes for myself, etc. All short, cause ain’t nobody got time for that.
I’ll be typing everything out as well (with the exception of this post) so no one has to try to decipher my handwriting if they don’t want to.
Apologies for not posting much lately - my usual diet of swing clips has been largely replaced with news about the recent events in Japan. Please keep Japan in your thoughts and donate if you can!
This clip is inspiring to me because while they are all doing the same moves, each of them styles them differently according to body type, personality and personal preference. They also commit to their movements and make everything deliberate…that’s what really makes the difference between someone who learns to do, say, crazy legs for the first time (and thinks ‘Am I doing this right?’ 'I probably look ridiculous…’), and these chaps who really own their movement.
The 1920s gave life to jazz, jukeboxes and the career of Norma Miller — the Queen of Swing. Now, at 95 years old, Miller is the last living member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the group that took Lindy Hop — the original swing dance — out of Harlem’s ballrooms and across the world.
But before she became the Queen of Swing, Miller was just a poor black girl in Harlem who loved to dance. Even as she watched her mother struggle to make rent by cleaning houses, Miller dreamed of another path.