On March 26, 1926, the Savoy Ballroom opened its doors in the Harlem section of New York City. Music at this night club was largely swinging jazz, and the music attracted many of the best dancers in the local area. On these floors the Charleston and the Lindy Hop were One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh’s flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named “Shorty George” Snowden (a local dancer) was watching some of the dancing couples and a newspaper reporter asked him what style of dance everyone was doing. A
newspaper article was nearby citing Charles Lindberg’s prize winning flight from New York City to Paris. The name of the article was “Lindy Hops the Atlantic” – and George replied, “Lindy Hop”. The catchy name lent fire to the dance styles growing popularity.
Lindy Hop (a.k.a. swing) was featured in Life Magazine in 1943 as “America’s national dance.” It was also stated in the article that Lindy Hop was the country’s “only native and original dance form” with the exception of tap dance. Swing often uses a triple step rhythm, as do Cha-Cha, Mambo and Salsa. It can also be danced in single or double-time rhythm. In today’s dance culture all three can be used as a basis good swing dancing. It is easy to see from the nuances of the dance and variance of timing that the best forms of Swing include elements of The Charleston, Black Bottom, Shag, and The Lindy Hop.