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You know you’re a swing dancer when… you teach anyone and everyone to dance.
Friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, enemies… anyone. Seriously. Anyone willing to learn. Any time, any place. 
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You know you’re a swing dancer when… you teach anyone and everyone to dance.

Friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, enemies… anyone. Seriously. Anyone willing to learn. Any time, any place. 

submit or ask

  #swing things    #tumblr hoppers    #swingonary    #swing dancing    #swing dance    #dance problems    #dance life    #dancer life    #dancer problems    #lindy hop    #submissions  
Or vintage style.Let’s be real: the thrift store is a lindy hopper’s best friend. Some other great places for vintage or vintage style: Modcloth, Etsy, Aris Allen, Unique Vintage.

Or vintage style.
Let’s be real: the thrift store is a lindy hopper’s best friend. Some other great places for vintage or vintage style: Modcloth, Etsy, Aris Allen, Unique Vintage.

  #swing things    #tumblr hoppers    #vintage fashion    #vintage    #swing dancing    #lindy hop    #swing dance    #lindy fashion    #swingonary    #submissions  
maybe also the most important quality

maybe also the most important quality

  #tumblr hoppers    #swing things    #swingonary    #swing dance    #swing dancing    #lindy hop    #submissions  
This is something that you say to people who “dance” to current “dance” songs; ironically enough, this is something that those very people say to you.
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This is something that you say to people who “dance” to current “dance” songs; ironically enough, this is something that those very people say to you.

submit // ask

  #tumblr hoppers    #swing things    #swingonary    #lindy hop    #swing dance    #dance music    #swing dancing    #submissions  
Ambidancers exist in every type of social dance scene - but it’s lindy hoppers who define the movement. Our dance’s very history is covered in cultural revolution. Swing is one of America’s most prominent contributions to world culture, bringing us new music, new dances, new clothes, new slang… new everything. The swing/big band era is resilient (perhaps) unlike any other time period: the influence of those years is still noticeable even today. Though we could talk for hours about the significance and impact that swing culture has made upon our world, we’ll just focus briefly on this one lovely aspect of our culture: acceptance. (Or how about accepdance? It can be a word, right?) 
In the midst of economic depression, war, and prejudice, the Savoy and its lindy hoppers maintained a community free of such worries. All were welcome at the Savoy. Dancing was all that anyone cared about - not race, age, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, social status. Just dancing. It follows that such a community would have ambidancetrous tendencies; in fact, when many men went off to war (including Frankie Manning), the women back in the States would lead more and the men at war would follow more. (x) Lindy hop was always about lindy hop.It wasn’t about gender roles. It wasn’t about being sexually or romantically attracted to people. It was, and continues to be, about the love of the dance and the glory of the culture. 
Our modern lindy hop community continues these traditions. We continue in the progressive, accepting spirit of our dancestors. (Another new word, okay?) Many of us - myself included - can proudly say, "I am ambidancetrous." But if you’re not, I encourage you to venture into the world of ambidancetrousness. Some ambidancetrous journeys begin out of necessity like mine did: I wanted to teach my non-dancer friends. (Another great example of necessity is an imbalance of leads/follows in a scene.) Other journeys begin out of curiosity or a desire to learn both roles. Regardless of how you arrive at the decision, becoming ambidancetrous is extremely fun, challenging, and rewarding. 

Ambidancers exist in every type of social dance scene - but it’s lindy hoppers who define the movement. Our dance’s very history is covered in cultural revolution. Swing is one of America’s most prominent contributions to world culture, bringing us new music, new dances, new clothes, new slang… new everything. The swing/big band era is resilient (perhaps) unlike any other time period: the influence of those years is still noticeable even today. Though we could talk for hours about the significance and impact that swing culture has made upon our world, we’ll just focus briefly on this one lovely aspect of our culture: acceptance. (Or how about accepdance? It can be a word, right?) 

In the midst of economic depression, war, and prejudice, the Savoy and its lindy hoppers maintained a community free of such worries. All were welcome at the Savoy. Dancing was all that anyone cared about - not race, age, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, social status. Just dancing. It follows that such a community would have ambidancetrous tendencies; in fact, when many men went off to war (including Frankie Manning), the women back in the States would lead more and the men at war would follow more. (x) Lindy hop was always about lindy hop.It wasn’t about gender roles. It wasn’t about being sexually or romantically attracted to people. It was, and continues to be, about the love of the dance and the glory of the culture. 

Our modern lindy hop community continues these traditions. We continue in the progressive, accepting spirit of our dancestors. (Another new word, okay?) Many of us - myself included - can proudly say, "I am ambidancetrous." But if you’re not, I encourage you to venture into the world of ambidancetrousness. Some ambidancetrous journeys begin out of necessity like mine did: I wanted to teach my non-dancer friends. (Another great example of necessity is an imbalance of leads/follows in a scene.) Other journeys begin out of curiosity or a desire to learn both roles. Regardless of how you arrive at the decision, becoming ambidancetrous is extremely fun, challenging, and rewarding. 

  #swing things    #swingonary    #tumblr hoppers    #lindy hop    #swing dance    #swing dancing    #ambidancetrous    #submissions  

Swing Survey

So you’re a lindy hopper - but do you also dance other styles? Have you participated in ballroom (including American tango, foxtrot, waltz, etc.)? Latin (including salsa, cha cha, rumba, etc.)? Country (including polka, two-step, contra, etc.)? What about the other swing dances (including balboa, west coast, east coast, etc.)? 

// Feel free to answer any and all of these questions! The reply function is open, but you’re welcome to reblog with your answer if you run out of space. If you have other thoughts to add that weren’t covered in the questions, the floor is yours! (No pun intended, but I’ll take what I can get.) 

If yeswhat other styles do you do? What do you like/dislike about them? Did you start off with lindy, or something else? How does knowing more dances help/hinder you with swing? What’s your favorite?
If nowhy not? Do you have any plans to try other styles? (If so, which ones?) Do you think you’d benefit from knowing other styles? What attracted you specifically to lindy hop?

  #tumblr hoppers    #swing dance    #lindy hop    #swing dancing    #west coast swing    #wcs    #contra    #balboa    #latin dance    #ballroom dance    #ballroom dancing    #ballroom    #cha cha    #salsa    #two step    #line dance    #line dancing  
You know you’re a swing dancer when…
But really, can someone do this? We need a comprehensive book with accurate histories/biographies, a plethora of pictures/illustrations, a guide to swing fashion, a lindy hopper dictionary, a guide to swing music, and a how-to section (with clear instructions and helpful pictures) for a good portion of steps/moves. 

You know you’re a swing dancer when…

But really, can someone do this? We need a comprehensive book with accurate histories/biographies, a plethora of pictures/illustrations, a guide to swing fashion, a lindy hopper dictionary, a guide to swing music, and a how-to section (with clear instructions and helpful pictures) for a good portion of steps/moves. 

  #swing things    #swingonary    #tumblr hoppers    #swing dance    #swing dancing    #east coast swing    #lindy hop    #jitterbug    #balboa    #west coast swing    #social dance    #swing music    #lindy fashion    #submissions  

a-flash-in-an-abyss:

The problem with wanting to take up dancing like this is the lack of interest most places. This would be a much better way to spend my free time, but the issue is finding a group of people that dance Lindy Hop.

This is the video for the ILHC 2013 Invitational Strictly Finals that went viral via 9Gag not too long ago. It’s introduced a lot of people to our lovely dance who would not have otherwise discovered it! However, there’s a common lament amongst verdant admirers that “nobody dances like this anymore” or “there’s no way I can learn this” or “nobody my age is doing this.” False. 

While, unfortunately, not every major metropolis has a lindy hop scene, a lot of them do. Search your city - or the nearest “big city” or college town - with the words “lindy hop” and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find something. Now, you may have already tried that, and to no avail - so here’s a good resource to start learning lindy hop on your own. Get a couple of friends involved, and there you go; you’ve effectively started your own lindy hop scene!

You’d be surprised at how big our swing community actually is. You can find a lot of us lindy hoppers on the “tumblr hoppers" tag, where we geek out over dance videos, talk about our dance experiences, or just ramble about swing dancing because we love it so much. Feel free to ask questions; lindy hoppers are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! People of all ages dance lindy hop, and you’ll find that all demographics are represented in swing dancing.Our dance is alive and well, and the interest in it is strong. You can find lindy hop scenes all around the world! Lindy hop is a social dance, so it’s not just for competitions. 

So, grab a few friends (or go solo!), find a nearby lindy hop class, and start dancing! It’s absolutely worth it. 

My family and non-dancer friends can’t stand my dance commentaries. But I want to educate youuuuu
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My family and non-dancer friends can’t stand my dance commentaries. But I want to educate youuuuu

submit // ask

  #swing things    #tumblr hoppers    #swingonary    #swing dance    #lindy hop    #swing dancing    #dance problems    #dancer problems    #ballroom dance    #ballroom dancing    #submissions  

Happy birthday, Frankie.

Today, May 26th, 2014, marks what would have been the great Frankie Manning’s 100th birthday. There is much to be said about Frankie, but little that can do him the justice he deserves. I am ill-equipped to even attempt an adequate tribute to him, so I will leave it simple: Frankie Manning was a remarkable human being and a revolutionary dancer. He has always been and forever will be an inspiration to us lindy hoppers and he is, in many ways, our hero. We love you, Frankie! 

  #tumblr hoppers    #frankie 100    #frankie manning    #lindy hop  
What lindy hop is all about.

What lindy hop is all about.

  #ambidancetrous  
Ain’t no party like a lindy hop party ‘cause a lindy hop party don’t stop.
But really though, guilty as charged. Don’t invite me to things unless you want me to end up teaching someone how to dance. (On the other hand, if you want me to teach someone to dance, invite me to things.)

Ain’t no party like a lindy hop party ‘cause a lindy hop party don’t stop.

But really though, guilty as charged. Don’t invite me to things unless you want me to end up teaching someone how to dance. (On the other hand, if you want me to teach someone to dance, invite me to things.)

  #swing things    #swingonary    #tumblr hoppers    #swing dance    #swing dancing    #lindy hop    #jitterbug    #submissions  

Send me your submissions!

I love running Swing Things - it’s a lot of fun to have a swing blog, and to see such positive responses from my followers. There are over 150 of you now! I want to continue to put out my minimum of one Swing Things card a week, with the occasional bonus post. Doing this would be so much easier with your submissions! And it’s always great to hear from you, so feel free to also send me an ask about anything related to swing (or dancing in general). 

// Send me your submissions! // It would be positively lovely to get submissions from my fellow tumblr hoppers!

  #tumblr hoppers  
You know you’re a swing dancer when…
"UGH I CAN’T WAIT TO DANCE AGAIN""You literally just left the venue""EXACTLY"

You know you’re a swing dancer when…

"UGH I CAN’T WAIT TO DANCE AGAIN"
"You literally just left the venue"
"EXACTLY"

  #swing things    #swingonary    #tumblr hoppers    #lindy hop    #swing dancing    #swing dance    #east coast swing    #jitterbug    #social dance    #social dancing    #ballroom    #ballroom dancing    #ballroom dance    #dance problems    #dancer probz    #dance probz    #dancer problems    #submissions  
The pretzel is the bane of my dancing existence
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The pretzel is the bane of my dancing existence

submit // ask

  #swing things    #tumblr hoppers    #swingonary    #the pretzel    #swing dancing    #swing dance    #lindy hop    #jitterbug    #east coast swing    #submissions