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Swing: America's Dance

  • Heatherwood Community 9642 Burke Lake Road Burke, VA, 22015 United States (map)

Swing dancing started in the late 1920s, as the syncopated beats of Hot Jazz gave way to the smoother Big Band sound in the mid-1930s. Incorporating elements of ‘20s dances such as the  Charleston, the Breakaway, and Collegiate Shag, the Lindy Hop was born to express the energy and improvisation of this new style of jazz music. A product of the Harlem Renaissance in uptown Manhattan, the dance made its way downtown to the white communities, who were termed “Jitterbugs.” Nearly 100 years old, Lindy Hop has embraced many different styles and influences. Due to its astounding popularity and longevity, the dance is still evolving and continues to inspire new dancers all over the world. Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg, founders of the swing dance company Gottaswing, will talk about the origins of Lindy, musical influences, and stylistic variations. Tom and Debra will share some music and film clips of some of the greatest swing dancers of all time.

Earlier Event: August 19
Later Event: August 25
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