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... The Lindy Hop

    The very first known form or origins of swing but not yet recognized as such was the Texas Tommy in 1913, which later changed to the Mooch and Sugar in 1916 and even later called the Break-A-Way by 1919. During the 1920's when the Charleston was becoming all the rage, the Breakaway and Charleston would start to mix with and was forming a new but yet unnamed dance style (Lindy Hop) with a few other dances thrown in the mix.

    In 1927 this style was finally acknowledged and given a name by a fabulous swing dancer named George "Shorty" Snowden. 'Shorty George' from New York's Harlem was to re-name the 'break-a-way' the "Lindy Hop or Lindbergh hop" after the famous pilot "Charles Augustus Lindbergh"

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(Lindbergh made his thirty-three hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean to France successfully on May 20, 1927.) There are two main and similar stories about the name that go something like this (the 1st one being the main one, second being more correct):

    1) In September 1927, a newspaper reporter having never seen this style of dance before walked up to the winners at a dance marathon contest in Central Park in New York, (known as the un-official start of the Harvest Moon Ball Contest (later to be tried again in 1934). This reporter asked the winning couple (Shorty George!) what it was that they were doing, as he had not seen it before. Shorty thought for a second and replied "the Lindy Hop... We flying just like Lindy did!." The newspaper reporter did an article on the contest in his newspaper and described what he saw calling it the "Lindy Hop."

    2) A dance derby (marathon) which started on 6/17/1928 at the Manhattan Casino, (155th Street and Eighth Avenue in Harlem, New York.) Shorty George (#7) was Dancing in a (supposedly non segregated) dance marathon and decided to do the Breakaway, a reporter for the New York Graphic (?Walter Winchell maybe?) observed and came over and asked what kind of dance he was doing, Snowden without stopping and thinking quickly replied "The Lindy Hop... Were flyin' just like Lindy did!"... supposedly he reported this in his article. Fox Movietone News also captured Shorty's feet in this derby on film. Shorty became one of the remaining four couples out of eighty left dancing before the marathon was closed down on 7/4/1928. The New York Times announced: "NEGRO DANCE DERBY ENDS.; Stopped after Sixteen days by order of Commissioner Harris." However there are publications that use the term Lindy Hop (dance) prior to this start/end date, so maybe number one iscloser to the correct story.

    The Lindy was going to become famous in a rapid pace of time, so fast that most instructors around the country had no idea about it. The Woodland Daily Democrat Newspaper on September fourteenth of 1927 ,,, Miss Sullivan said that "the Lindy Hop" placed third in the annual Dance Masters of America (D.M.A.) conference held in New York of that year and was described by Miss Sullivan when asked about the Lindy Hop ... however it was the Lindbergh Wave Waltz that took third and that is what she described (dum-de-dum, dum-de-dum-dum-de-dum), it was obvious she had no idea what the reporter was talking about. The Kinkajou was first and the Dixie Stomp being second place and the Lindy Wave Waltz was third.

    In the last 90 years the Lindy has become the first form of swing as we know it today (the Great Grandfather of all Swing if you will) and along with the Charleston were the main dances of the 1920's. The Charleston mixed in with the Lindy, as well as other prior forms of dance such as the Texas Tommy, Turkey Trot, Apache Dance, Black Bottom, The Shimmy, The Strut, Cakewalk, The Frisco, Foxtrot, Tap and more. These dances were known as "Jazz Dances." The Lindy was the first form of swing "White America" had seen and was about to fall in love. Some of these folks would go to the famous "Savoy Ballroom" in Harlem and watch the "African-American dancers" strut their stuff.

    Many of these dancers in 1920's were teaching many of the "White Folks" to do these dances, thus, they were making a "honorable living" in a very racist period of time. This became very competitive among some of African-American dancers, some would clip papers to their back with phone numbers or a studio name written on them while they danced. If you liked the way a dancer danced you could then get in touch with them and take lessons privately. Through this type of competition, the dancers would start to do more wild and crazy stuff to get the attention of the spectators.

    As time went on, dance contests became more and more "attention getting."In the 1930's a dancer named "Frankie Manning" *claimed to add the first Air-Step" (lifts/ flips) into the Lindy (Al Minns and Leon James as well.) These and other "Air-Steps" or Aerials had been done for years before in other dance styles such as the tango, waltzes, Flash and Acrobatic dance acts, Apache dance etcetera, through many exhibitions by professional club entertainers, but supposedly had not yet been done in the Lindy, especially with the speed in which they would be done, plus add the element of surprise and these aerials would become completely unique to the Lindy Hop.

    In many interviews Frankie describes how his first "Air-Step" took place: "Frankie and partner were practicing for a dance contest to try and beat then King "Shorty George Snowden" at the Savoy, Frankie and partner, worked out a back flip they *saw (??) and it worked, they did it in the contest and beat Mr. Snowden."

    Also in a book called "Swing as a Way of Life" (1941) states that "young dancers like Al Minns, Joe Daniels,Russell Williams, and Pepsi Bethel produced the "Back flip, Over Head and the Snatch!." At any rate, this started the attention getters on to a new agenda... Aerials! (aka Air-Steps)

    Over the years, aerials became a main attraction in Lindy competitions and exhibitions, however, aerials were not permitted at most clubs and ballrooms during any social type dance while on the dance floor except during exhibitions or contests as too many dancers and people around these dancers were getting hurt or fearful of it. Even the famous Harvest Moon Ball eliminated Aerials during the contests for a brief period of time.

    The Savoy Ballroom opened in 1925 and was the main haunt for Harlem's dancers. During this time the original Lindy or Break-A-Way looked more like couples Charleston, with a splash of the other said dances thrown in rather than today's style of Lindy. Shorty George was at the head of the pack during this time frame. The Savoy would later prove to be the breeding ground for swing as the main dance.

    In the early 1930's, Hubert "Whitey" White was the head bouncer at the Savoy and noticing an opportunity to make some cash decided to form a group called "Whitey's Hopping Maniac's," later to be known as "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers." It was a pretty open market for him as his only competition was "Shorty George and his dancers" who were doing most of the exhibitions and shows around town in ballrooms and clubs such as the Cotton Club at the time, Shorty would join Whitey's very first group as well but later quit and moved to the Cotton Club.

     Whitey had auditions and picked some dancers to start his group. This was to become the form of Lindy Hop we know today. During the Lindy Hoppers reign, the Lindy was to take on a newer "Sophisticated or cleaned up look." The Hoppers went on to become the main Swing groups of the time and traveled all over the world performing in many exhibitions, movies, and stage shows. About the same time ... Dean Collins (Dean and Jewel in right side clip) was to bring Savoy Style Lindy, a smoother and slower form to Los Angeles in the early 1930's which gave birth to today's modern West Coast swing, previously known as "The Whip."

    When Benny Goodman became the "King of Swing," the Lindy Hop would become known as the "Jitterbug." The term Jitterbug would eventually be applied to all styles of swing over the years and the term Lindy Hop would almost be forgotten about as the term Jitterbug took the reigns. The main way to tell if the "old movies" (1930-50's) feature Lindy, West Coast (called rock and roll) or East Coast Swing is:
1) If they are Caucasian and do Sugar pushes ... it's West Coast Swing (mainly Dean Collins choreography).
2) If African-American and no Sugar push it's Lindy (probably Whitey's Group).
3) If however there is generally no Sugar push, or Whip or Lindy Circle and usually Caucasian, then it is probably East Coast Swing (standard movie choreographers/ stock dancers).

Another form of swing that was extremely popular among white America about the same time in the 1930's was the Carolina Shag.

      As time progressed on, many factors would come into play to change the look and feel of the original Lindy. Music being the main factor of change as it seemed every ten years the music changed. ie: Ragtime to Jazz to Big Band to Big Band Swing to Rock and Roll to Bop to Motown to Soul to Funk etcetera and many secondary styles of music surfacing as well such as Latin music, Psychedelic, Folk Music, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock a Billy, Country Western, Beach Music etcetera. These music changes would give new semi-pro dancers who could care less about the past (somewhat same as today) a new lease on the dance but were doing it differently as the older dancers either got married, had kids, died, became handicapped for various non dance reasons, overweight and didn't want to go out, or just got older as well as other factors to long to go into here, so the dance was changing but was still the same.

      Another main factor was that many "exhibition dancers" of the day were trying to invent their own versions as well (example Champion Strut), usually unsuccessfully as that was the thing to do for many years, similar to theLine dance craze a few years back, everyone became a choreographer. New dancers are always gullible when the words "New Version or improved, updated, New Skool, modern etcetera are used to sell them, however the older pros who lasted kept it somewhat in check as they usually taught the best. These newer "semi-pros" as teachers were similar to going to a chiropractor to have your tonsils removed.

       Jitterbug/Lindy or whatever you want to call it stayed as King for many era's, but alas, all must give way sooner or later. The Twist dance and Television became the death blow for the Lindy Hop/Jitterbug or any form of swing in 1959. (See Twist page as to why.)

       Many folks ask what style of swing/Jitterbug is best, West Coast, East Coast, Whip, Push, Jive, Leroc, Bugg, Lindy, Shag etc. However, there is no best style. The best style would depend on what type of music you are dancing to at the time, Geographies, the theme of the dance being held, the speed in which the music is played and of course ... the dance knowledge of you and or your partner. If you're partner only knows one style of swing, then their style would be the best style to dance with them at that time. If they only know one style they usually will declare that the style they know is the best style above all others and usually will make derogatory statements about the others and it may be the best type for them.

    Swing (Jitterbug) is a wonderful dance form in all it's versions that fits all types of music, personalities, finances etc. Calling yourself a swing dancer means you can at least do the basics in many forms of swing and a few well. So learn to swing dance whatever style, you're unique and your dances should be varied and your style should represent your knowledge of dance that other, newer dancers (and they are the majority) don't possess, and not limited to only one. However you will eventually find you like them all and soon you will understand the importance of them all as well as understand why there are different styles to begin with. So enjoy them and mainly smile, laugh and have fun.

     During this time (1927), many things were being named after Lindbergh, Lindy Soda, Lindy Soap, Lindbergh Cookies, Ties etc., even Al Smith tried to start a dance named after him (Al Smith Hop). Eleanor Powell did a "Jig Hop" in the "Fine and Dandy" Broadway play in 1930, which is related. Also there was a dance called the "St. Louis Hop" in 1926 and is described in Betty Lee's Book, it is a form of swing. In 1914, a dance called the "Aunt Jemima slide" may also be related. The November 1927 Dance Magazine has Lindy and Lindy Hop Lessons advertised by Charles Sadler and Prof. L. Gonzaga.

Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

Harlem, N.Y. 1926 Savoy Ballroom Folk / Swing / Jazz

Swing Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Swing Sheet Music Covers

Lindy and Related Music Titles

Black Thunder Swing ... See All Swing Song Title List 1905 - Lindy what you'se gwine to do ? (Brym)
Buck Privates (Swing Movie) 1914 - Kangaroo Hop
Cabin in the Sky (Swing Movie) 1914 - Texas Tommy 1914 - Texas Tommy
Chick Webb and Ella - Savoy (Swing) 1914 - Texas Tommy Swing 1928 - The Breakaway
Daddy-O (Swing Movie) 1927 - Lucky Lindy 1927 - Lucky Lindy
Groovie Movie (Swing Movie) 1928 - The Breakaway 1930 - That Lindy Hop [MP3] (Ellington)
Hellzapoppin' (Swing Movie) #2 1930 - Jig Hop Flat Foot Floogie
HI-DE-HO (Cab Calloway) 1930 - That Lindy Hop* Jitterbug, The
Hot Mikado (Swing Play) 1935 - Let's Swing It! The Joint is Jumpin'
$ James and Ricker Lift Al Smith Hop Lindy Hop (Lil Armstrong)
Juke Girl (Swing Movie) If Swing Goes, I Go Too Stompin' at the Savoy
Keep Punchin' (Swing Movie) Sophisticated Swing Jammin' the Blues [CD]
$ Lindy Hop (En Santiago) Swingin'Along With Lindy  
Micheux Swing (Swing Art Print) Hello Lindy  
$ Popp and Catron - Life Mag Poster Plus a few other "Lindy" Titles  
Prisoner Of Swing (Swing Movie)    
Private Buckeroo (Swing Movie)    
Rock, Rock, Rock (ECS Swing Movie)    
Shag; The Movie (Swing Movie)    
Stormy Weather (Bojangles, Horne)    
The Girl Can't Help It (Swing Movie)   ... Song Lists that have the word Hop in the Title

Night Clubs



Moulin Rouge (Paris) n/a 1927 - Inn a The Park Contests (NY)
Renaissance Ballroom (NY)     1928 - Manhattan Casino Marathon Contest
Palomar Ballroom (CA)       1934 - Apollo Theater Lindy Hop Contest: (Leroy & Edith won.)
Savoy Ballroom (NY)      
Sweets Ballroom (CA)       New York, Chicago & Los Angeles Harvest Moon Ball Championships
1000's... Too Many to list      
        New Orleans Contests




Ballets / Stage

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1911 - Texas Tommy (w/ orig Tex Tommy song) 1953 - Ford 50th Anniversary #2 Cotton Club Revue
Video Clip not available at this time 1926 - ?The Nickel Hopper? 1961 - Dupont Comedy Hour 1930 - Lew Leslie's Blackbirds*
Video Clip not available at this time 1929 - After Seben (see Jazz Band Ball) Discovery Channel - 'Jitterbugs' 1930 - There's A Crowd (Albertina Rasch)
Video Clip not available at this time 1929 - Dance Contest w/ Shorty George       1939 - Hot Mikado
Video Clip not available at this time 1931 - It Takes Hot Dogs to Win the Lindy Hop     1939 - Worlds Fair - Savoy Exhibit (Clip)
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1937 - Day At The Races (Whitey's | [DVD]     1999 - Swing!
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1937 - Peckin'(film: New Faces of 1937)     2005 - Swango!
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - 'Alligators' plus 'Cats' plus 'Jive' [Paramount]      
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1938 - Duke Is Tops [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - Everybody Sing! [MGM -Whitey's]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - Harlem Hoofers Fry Their Corns      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - Jitterbugs Jive at Swingeroo [Paramount]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - World Series Dance has NY Swinging [Paramount]      
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1939 - Blondie Meets The Boss      
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1939 - Keep Punching (a contest)        
Video Clip not available at this time 1939 - Swingin' The Dream        
Video Clip not available at this time 1939 - Harvest Moon Ball [Paramount]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1939 - I'm Just a Jitterbug [Animated Mother Goose]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1941 - Air Mail Special [Soundies Corp]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1941 - Cottontail      
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1941 - Hellzapoppin' [DVD]    
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1941 - Hot Chocolate (Whitey's)

Instructional DVD's

Other Publications

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1941 - Ride 'Em Cowboy Three Congeroos| [DVD] Lindy Hop For The Total Beginner [DVD] 9/14/1927 - Woodland Daily Democrat (pg1)
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1942 - Let Me Off Uptown Ultimate Lindy Hop 2 (Charleston) [DVD] 10/1927 - Dance Magazine, the
Video Clip not available at this time 1942 - Outline of Jitterbug History (Whitey's)     7/1937 - Popular Photography Mag
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1942 - Sugar Hill Masquerade (shorty's group)       8/1938 - Look Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 1942 - Tuxedo Junction (Lennox Hoppers)       9/27/1938- Look Magazine
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1943 - Cabin In The Sky [DVD]     8/23/1943 - Life Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 1943 - Lindy Hoppers (Short w/ Leon James)     12/14/1964 - Life Magazine
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1944 - Jammin' The Blues (Bryant & Savage) [DVD]      
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1944 - Swing Fever (Undecided)      
Video Clip not available at this time 1946 - Beware [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1946 - Boy What a Girl (Harlem Maniacs) [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1947 - Juke Joint (the Jitterbug Johnnies) [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1948 - Killer Diller (Four Congeroos) [DVD]      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1956 - Don't Knock the Rock [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1961 - West Side Story (poor) [DVD]      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1987 - The Spirit Moves (by mura dehn) [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1988 - Call of the Jitterbug      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1993 - At The Jazz Band Ball (Shorty George) [DVD]      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1993 - Swing Kids [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1996 - Swingers [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time Swing, Swing, Swing [DVD] ... also see pages: Jitterbug, Jive, West Coast, New Yorker, East Coast, Shag, Truckin, Big Apple etc. for other Swing dance or related movies / info.
Video Clip not available at this time Vaudeville Videos vol. 6 [DVD]
Video Clip not available at this time America Dances (Various) [DVD]  
  ... Click Here for a more complete swing films list  

Other Swing and Related Dances ...

Al Smith Hop Camel Walk Leroc/Ceroc Shim-Sham
Apache Dance Carolina Shag Lindbergh Glide (1927) Shimmy
Aunt Jemima Slide? Champion Strut Lindbergh Hop (aka Lindy) Shorty George, the
Balboa Charleston Lindy One Step (1927) St. Louis Hop
Ballin' The Jack Collegiate Dances Lindbergh Wave Waltz (1927) St. Louis Shag
Baltimore, the Dewey Dip Mooch & Sugar Stop Trot
Baltimore Buzz Dixie Stomp Mule Walk Sugar Foot Strut
Black Bottom Eardhart Hop New Yorker Suzy Q
Boogie Woogie East Coast Swing Pachucko Hop Tap Dance
Break-a-way Flea Hop Peckin' Texas Tommy
Breakdown Grizzly Bear Peelin' the Peach Truckin'
Bugg, the (Euro Boogie Woogie) Heebie Jeebies Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition Turkey Trot
Bunny Hug Jig Hop, Jig Walk Pull It, the Walkin' The Dog
Buzzard Lope Jitterbug Push (Dallas) Washington Johnny
Byrd Hop (Commander Richard Byrd) Jive Savoy Style West Coast Swing
Cakewalk Kinkajou Shag dances Whip (Houston)

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Swing Dance Groups

Al Minns Johnny Innis British Lindy Hoppers (also see Jive)
Albertina Rasch Girls (1930) Leon James  Congeroos, the
Ann Johnson Marie Bryant (w/Savage) Jitterbug Johnnies, the (1950's)
Archie Savage (w/ Bryant) Norma Miller Jivin' Jack and Jill's (1940's)
Big & Little Bea Pepsi Bethel Jungle Jivesters
Billy Daniels Rabbit Taylor Ray Rand Swingers (1950's)
Billy Ricker Red and Struggy (2 males - 1930s) 'Shorty' George Snowden Group/ Trio (1930's)
Davis & Crowder "Shorty George" Snowden Whitey's Hopping Maniacs (White's Hopping Maniacs)
Dot Johnson Snookie Beasley Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (1930/40's)
Frankie Manning Sonny Allen  
George Lloyd Stanley Catron & Kaye Popp  
George E. Rutherford "Tiny" Bunch  
Jerry and Turk (2 males - 1930s) Wila Mae Ricker  
Also See the Savoy!

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...





First dance to be named for the Lindbergh flight Gilbert Swain 6/8/1927 Times and Daily News Leader
"Harlem Dance Derby Prize Divided" Staff Writer 7/7/1928 New York Times
“Lindy Hop” Hops At Lincoln Staff Writer 9/29/1928 Afro-American (Baltimore, MD)
Weekly Lindbergh Hop Winner (Rabbit Taylor) Staff Writer 3/29/1930 Afro-American (Baltimore, MD)
Latest Sensational Dance Craze all NY is Talking ... Staff Writer 9/23/1930 New York Times
$ Jazz Dance Marshall and Jean Stearns 1964 Da Capo Press
Life Magazine Staff Writer 8/23/1943 Life Magazine
Pic Magazine Staff Writer 4/5/1938 Pic Magazine
Compact Magazine Staff Writer 2/1953 Compact Magazine
$ Swinging at the Savoy Norma Miller 1997 ??
Smithsonian Magazine Staff Writer 3/1999 ??
$ Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller Norma Miller 2006 Candlewick
$ Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop Frankie Manning, Cynthia Millman 2007 Temple University Press




Poets / Writers

Artie Shaw Billie Holiday n/a n/a
Benny Goodman Cab Calloway      
Brymn, James T. Dean Martin        
Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald        
Count Basie Frank Sinatra        
Dorsey's, the Lil Armstrong        
Duke Ellington Louis Prima        
Fats Waller Sophie Tucker        
Gene Krupa          
Glen Miller          
Louis Armstrong          

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Acrobatics Harlem Renaissance Ballroom Worlds Fair
Big Band Harvest Moon Ball Riots (Zoot Suit) Zoot Suit
Blues Jazz / Jass Savoy Ballroom    
Boogie-Woogie Lindbergh Tap    
Charleston Modern Dances Track, the    

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Basic Step: (Leader starts left foot, Follower starts right foot and usually swivels here feet/hips to right and left on the first walk-walk)


Walk Walk Step Three Times Walk Walk Step Three Times


123 -- & --4567 -- & -- 8

Feet (Male):

LeftRight Left -- Right -- LeftRightLeft Right -- Left -- Right


SlowSlow Slow -- Quick -- Quick SlowSlow Slow -- Quick-- Quick

(also this count can be reversed: 1&2---3-4---5&6---7-8). | (8 beats of music). | 4/4 time (swung eighths).
    Just do these steps in place at first, then go take a class and you will do fine. The main thing ALL swing dancers of all swing styles always agree on is: the timing and rhythm is the main thing to acquire, rather than the patterns. If your timing is good but you only have a few patterns, you're doing great, but ... If your timing stinks, (whether you have patterns or not), well you get the idea!. Six-count patterns can and are incorporatedinto the Lindy, however these are more East Coast and or West Coast Swing patterns being thrown in.

    Most swing dancers argue that the style of swing they know or teach is the only good or authentic type of swing, (good dance instructors do not bad mouth others, they want to, but they don't lol) however all styles have unique movements that go with certain types of music. Knowing only one style of swing is like owning one shirt, Swing is a dance and a music, they can be and are separated. All styles of swing dance become popular at times and then fades to another form, then back again, but any swing done by the young becomesawe inspiring with the old helping them along to get there and many young folks today are finding Swing a truly fascinating and enjoyable dance. 

If you want to lift and throw girls/women around that you don't know and have not practiced with, take up martial arts ... This is dangerous to the unsuspecting lady follower, and the people around you (broken ankles, necks, backs etc.), no matter how cool or strong you think you are, don't do it!!!. If you want to dance, take up the Lindy, but socially leave the lifts and aerials to dance contests or at home.

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