Genesis Cinema and Swingdance UK invite dance enthusiasts to its exclusive dancing night with DJs Simon Selmon and Anna Lambrechts. The night of May 18, 2018, begins with a class led by trained dancers from Swing Dance UK, then starts the lindy-hop until you drop. Swing dance is a style of dance that originated in America during in the late 1920s and developed in the coming decades as Swing music started becoming popular. The dance styles are a combination of various dance styles like Lindy Hop or Jitterbug, Jazz Roots, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Blues, Big Apple and Shim Sham.
Today, the most popular of these dances is the Lindy Hop, which originally began in Harlem during the early 1930s. Most of the Swing dances began in the African-American communities as local African American dances. Some of the Swing dances developed outside these communities, like Balboa.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that Swing dance became a recognizable style. From a historic perspective, the term “Swing” was actually used to refer to the jazz music style which inspired the inception of the dance form. Jitterbug is a broader term that envelopes all forms of Swing dance, though the term is mostly used to denote the six-count-derivative of Lindy Hop that became famous as the East Coast Swing. It was also standard practice to use the word “Jitterbug” to identify a certain type of Swing dancer. A typical jitterbug may prefer to dance Lindy Hop, and Shag, or any other form of Swing dance. Are you curious to know how the term originated, then you ought to know that the word Jitterbug was famously associated with Cab Calloway, the Swing era band leader who would say “The dancers look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor due to their fast, often bouncy movements.”
One always feels welcome to these classes, irrespective of whether one goes there for the first time or has been going since years. Most importantly, after a class, you not only learn how to shake a leg but also feel energized, fit and rejuvenated.
Some Like It Swing will be held on May 18, 2018, at Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ
For details, visit http://genesiscinema.co.uk
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Founder Louise Blouin