Let the world join us as we celebrate World Lindy Hop Day!
May 26th is
World Lindy Hop Day
World Lindy Hop Day welcomes people from all walks of life, all ages, and from around the world to experience this exuberant African American social dance. Originating in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, the Lindy Hop is done to the big band jazz of the era. While swing music is generally known, our goal is to spread the dance to a wider global arena.
The universal language of the Lindy Hop (aka swing dancing or jitterbug) features creative and exhilarating movements that allow partners to connect in a way that uplifts the spirit, promotes human connection, and develops generosity. It allows dancers to meet in a positive environment that supports the building of bridges on personal, community, and global levels.
The vision of World Lindy Hop Day dovetails with that of our sponsor, the Frankie Manning Foundation:
“The Lindy Hop will be danced all over the world, to live big band music when possible or to recorded music when live music is not accessible. Everywhere that Lindy Hop is danced, on the dance floors and off, people of diverse backgrounds will treat each other with respect and warmth. The history of the originators of the Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom will be made known to dancers and non-dancers everywhere.”
Grounded in unity and collaboration, World Lindy Hop Day, celebrated every May 26th, encourages people from all different backgrounds to enjoy and share the many benefits of this joyous and enduring dance.
The 2014 celebration marked Frankie Manning’s one hundredth birthday and was the formal inauguration of May 26th as World Lindy Hop Day! Record of the momentus centennial celebration can be found at Frankie100.com.