Lindy Hop is the original swing dance, originating in the late 1920's at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem with Lindy hop dancers like Frankie Manning. It became very popular and spread across the U.S. Eventually, the dance morphed into other forms of dance like East Coast swing, West Coast swing, Carolina shag, Collegiate shag, St. Louis shag and Balboa. All these sister dances became popular in different parts of the country as the original Lindy Hop waned in popularity.
In the 1990's, there was a swing revival and many neo-swing bands became very popular like the Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Cherry Poppin' Daddy's. Some dancers at dance studios on the West Coast brought Frankie Manning out of retirement and developed a teaching program for Lindy Hop that spread across the country. The music is usually slightly slower than what is played for single rhythm East Coast swing (Jitterbug) and faster than West Coast Swing music. During the late nineties and through the two-thousands swing became wildly popular and all the variants of swing flourished like the Lindy hop, Balboa, Chareston, jitterbug, East Coast swing, collegiate shag, Carolina shag and West Coast swing.
At the Pattie Wells' Dancetime studio, we are proud to be the leaders of swing dance instruction in San Diego. We teach all the swing dances including the original swing dance, the Lindy Hop, and variations of the Lindy Hop like the Charleston. Our Lindy Hop is a generic form that works in the L.A. style, Franky Manning, Savoy and Hollywood styles of Lindy Hop, which is what is being done today. We offer a comprehensive program that includes six and eight count patterns plus single and triple rhythm. Our dance instructors teach more swing dancing than any other place in San Diego. The Dancetime studio's Jitterbug & Swing Dance Club has been going strong for 27 years and often attracts over a hundred dancers every Sunday. We also specialize in social West Coast swing dance instruction.