Are you dancing to a swing band in a Swing Club? If so, chances are you are dancing Lindy Hop. Here are the Mississippi Swing playing for a fabulous night of dance at the Bishopsgate Institute recently. The dancers are having a ball, the band’s having fun and are swinging like crazy.
What is Lindy Hop ?
Here is a definition of Lindy Hop , we got this from a very informative Wikipedia link. It walks you through from the birth of the dance in Harlem and the developing growth of its steps through natural development. The Swing Out move which is at the centre of the dance, also gets covered in detail.
Lindy Hop Clubs
There are many Lindy Hop Clubs in the U.K. So many organisations have been set up that run dances and classes where people dance, get fit and have fun. Here are Mississippi Swing Band playing here for a Swing Patrol event in Battersea a short while ago. There is so much pleasure to be gained from playing for dancers. When the band can play dance tempos correctly and focus on playing for no more than three and a half minutes or so, they are doing their job correctly! Look at the photo on the left. By the look of the full floor in front of the swing band, they are doing a great job!
Lindy Hop is only one form of Swing Dance.
There are other forms of Swing Dance where a swing band is danced to. As well as Lindy Hop there are a number of other dance styles. One of them, Balboa, is a West Coast dance style originating from South California in the early twenties.
Jive, Jitterbug, and the Carolina Shag are all comprehensively discussed in this descriptive article. From a musicians viewpoint (the writer) is the type of repertoire favoured by different dancers. When Mississippi Swing play for such events, some dancers favour music from the 1920’s and early thirties. This music predates the Swing Era but with a good band, the repertoire can be swung. Others go for the more traditional music of Basie, Ellington, Cab Calloway and other masters of Swing Music. More important than the style of music is how it is played. Because dancers need the right tempo, this becomes the priority over everything.
Lindy Hop Swing Band
We are Mississippi Swing. A great Lindy Hop Band If you enjoyed our music and would like to book us for your next Swing Night, call Jeff Williams on 07747 80147. Rates are realistic and reasonable. The band travels far and wide. Distance no object. This is a band tailor made for dancers. Nothing is more important than tempo, repertoire and song length. Here is our Google Business page. Check out the five star reviews and a particulaly good review from leading Dance Organisation, Swing Patrol.