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It's world lindy hop day and what would have been founding father, the late Frankie Manning's birthday, so we're looking back at how Britain adopted the African-American dance style of the 1920s-1950s. Photo credit: Rex
Lindy hop is a partner dance which originated In Harlem, USA in 1927. This and the jitterbug belong to the swing dance family - dances which evolved with the swing era of jazz music of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
In its development, lindy hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances.
Lindy hop was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. Photo credit: Rex
During World War II, dance halls in Britain became very popular. They were a place for young men and women to meet and listen to popular band music. When the American GIs arrived they brought with them new music and dances like lindy hop.
American troops in Northern Ireland brought their own amusements, and jitterbug dancing rated high on the list. Here, the soldiers are teaching English and northern Irish girls the steps to the Conga in 1942. Photo credit: Rex.
The dance craze carried on well into the 1950s. In this photo from 1954, a schoolteacher is running a square dance and jitterbug class for her pupils at Maidehead Girls School. Photo credit: Rex
Here in 1939, a lindy hop competition is in progress.
Do you remember swing dancing in this era? Do you recall the days of the dance hall? Are you still dancing lindy hop? Let us know in the comments section below. Photo credit: Rex