site is put together by rabid 4-nights-a-week-on-the-dance-floor
are plenty of things to do with your evenings, so here's our
take on the question:
not go bowling, head to the local bar, sit in front of the TV,
Because you'll look back on your time and have nothing to show
for it. Lindy Hop gets people up off their tails, exercising
and socializing in a friendly, almost party-like environment.
Here's what's out there waiting for you -
- Lindy Hop is a partner dance - that makes it necessary for
you to speak to other humans and requires you to hold their hands
for a three and a half minute period. even the shyest of social
klutzes interacts with a dozen or more members of the opposite
sex on an average dance night. every Lindy Hopper has oodles
of friends they met at dances.
- exercise - 2-3
hours of heart-pumping aerobic activity at 180+ beats a minute
2-4 times a week. we've personally witnessed lots and lots of
people toning their bodies in just a few months by learning to
- nobody does drugs, very few smoke, and almost nobody drinks
in a community that Lindy Hops. even if there is drinking, it's
not to excess (you only make that mistake ONCE)
- appeal - this
is a dance that looks cool - unlike ballroom or square dancing
or the inane freeform standing with your feet planted while you
gyrate to the beat type of "dancing" you see at bars
- economical - way
cheaper than the gym or going to a bar - invest in a pair of
swing dance shoes and two cool outfits and you've got all the
equipment you need!
- ask anybody who's been Lindy Hopping for a while: when you
and your partner go to a wedding or a bar with a dance floor
- you'll usually be the best dancers in the place. (at bars and
restaurants we've been given free drinks, free food, invitations
to come back without paying the cover charge, invites to come
back and teach - just because we hit the dance floor and did
what we do every night at Lindy dances.) (woo-hoo!)
get off your buttsky and get out there. Bring your friends.
start lindy in your town
for one man's story about establishing Swing Dancing in his city
to combat obesity.
what to wear for
tips on swing dance shoes, swing dance clothes, etc.