“I was up and dancing before I even knew it! How clever and wonderful, I feel so happy and ready to do more!”
Supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich’s BHM365 fund, Lindy Hop Social Nights took place in four community centres this summer.
Professional dance artists Temujin Gill, Wendy Steatham and Sunanda Biswas from local company Grounded Movement, led these social dance parties. First, they gave a demonstration of the art form which was born out of the dance halls of Harlem in the 1920s and 30s. Then, they got everyone up on their feet and trying moves like the cake walk, the big apple and the get down before letting everyone freestyle to the music.
“It has been so wonderful to learn about the history of Lindy in a way that felt easy and fun. I have loved learning new moves and everyone has been so friendly” (Participant at Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill)
Each of the four Lindy Hop Social Nights had their own special flavour. At Glyndon Community Centre, our participants were treated to an incredible array of complimentary confectionaries from Frilly’s Cakes.
At Shrewsbury House, we danced in the bar and enjoyed wonderful savoury treats from Emma’s Pantry.
Our event at Abbey Wood Community Centre was accompanied by music from Jass FM DJ Lil’Koko, who dug deep into her stash of vinyl treasures to play rare RnB from 1950s New Orleans.
And at Charlton Assembly Rooms, we were lucky enough to be joined by the fabulous Fliss Gorst Band, whos sensational sounds attracted passersby to stop and ask to join in.
If you’re interested in trying out Lindy Hop, why not start with our online tutorials – the first one is completely free!