Whitey's Lindy Hoppers

I feel like this clip was sped up, but as evidenced by the people moving at normal speeds in the background, it's not. These people are just that amazing. I'm a little tired just watching them! This was from a 1941 film called Hellzapoppin'. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers disbanded just a year later.

Link via DarkRoastedBlend

Newest 5
Newest 5 Comments

I tried posting this once already, but it never seemed to make it up. I just wanted to say that I'm another present-day lindy hopper and I'm thrilled to see this clip make its way into "mainstream" internet culture (as opposed to our fairly small, insular community of dance nerds, where it's a classic).

No one does it better than these guys - they are all true innovators - but if you want to see the new guard of Lindy Hoppers, do a youtube search for "ULHS Liberation" to see contest footage (largely unchoreographed) from my favorite modern era contest.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Oh, that's definitely not sped up. The guy in the bib overalls is Fankie Manning, who still teaches lindy workshops at 94. I took one last spring. What an interesting guy. He and his friends there basically invented most of the lindy moves. Here's his website if you want more info: http://www.frankiemanning.com/

-Katie (who loves dancing lindy!)
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Not sped up, I've seen people do almost the same routine real-life :)

Black people were allowed to have short little skirts in those days. They didn't need to keep themselves decent, apparently.

Look up "lindy hop" or "swing dancing" on Youtube and be amazed :D There's lots of us lindyhoppers and swing dancers the world over!
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"Whitey's Lindy Hoppers"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More