Alex and Natalia Dance for Vincent and Flavia

Please go vote for Alex and Natalia in this online competition (you can even do it from multiple devices!) as not only are they the only couple of the three dancing Lindy Hop, but the whole thing is improvised social dancing – no choreo, no costumes, no tricks, not even a fancy dance floor. Just their home, their skills, and their pyjamas. And great musicality!No need to register, just go click the little buttons! Only one hour to go!

UPDATE: They WON! Whoop! Congratulations Alex and Natalia!


February News

A round up of news from Manchester Lindy and chums:

MCRLX solo tickets have been on sale for 12 days, and 1/3 of the total number available for the whole event have already been sold! Follow and Switch tickets are currently £45 in person or £50 online. Lead and Couple tickets go on Sale at Manchester Lindy on February 24th, and online on the 28th at 11am.

Early bird prices end 1st April. At this rate we’ll sell out before that happens!

You can win an MCRLX 2015 ticket of YOUR CHOICE (Lead/Follow/Switch) at this Saturday’s Teapots and Twirls February Frolic in Leeds, where it (and a whole load of other awesome prizes) will be raffled in aid of SARSVL.

Tickets for Teapots and Twirls are just £6 (£5 LUU Swing Soc) in advance, or £7 (£6 LUU Swing Soc) on the door.

Tonight, Manchester Universities Swing Dance Soc will swinging out with TWO LEVELS of class for the very first time, more information here.

On Sunday, Taina will be teaching The Tranky Doo, one of the classic Jazz choreographies once performed by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. Come along and learn how to Eagle Side.

After that there is a Level 2 partnered Lindy Hop lesson .

Tranky Doo Workshop: £10; Lindy Hop Workshop £8; Both £16
Students: £6 /£5/ £9 (only with valid student card, pls present on day)

Taina will also be rounding up the entire Big Apple on the 1st March. This is a chance to really nail this classic routine, hammering together all the parts you’ve learned at Manchester Lindy over the last weeks.

(week 4 of The Big Apple in Jazz class this Tuesday at Manchester Lindy’s Swing Social – we hope!)

If that’s whetted your appetite for more Jazz, don’t forget in May, Manchester Lindy will be hosting a four hour workshop with Trisha Sewell.

In person tickets £30 – available now. Online tickets £33 from 26th of February, details will be posted here on the ML website, and on the Facebook event.

AND The Lindy Circular is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Thanks to Leanne for graciously accepting the title of Blogger-in-Residence.

AND Manchester Lindy dancer Daisy will be playing on Friday 27th February at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich, with her band the Swing Commanders…

AND The Hotsy Totsys are rehearsing for their public debut at MCRLX! Don’t forget to like their Facebook Fan Page.

I think that’s it, phew!

Red Magazine

Absolutely blinkin’ ages ago Manchester Lindy appeared in Red Magazine.

I finally remembered to put it on our website…


The Lindy Hoppers

It’s 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening and the dulcet tones of Ella Fitzgerald are tempting a room full of dancers to move their feet. University students straight from freshers’ week; thirtysomething office workers escaping their desks; 70-year-olds who’ve dusted off their dancing shoes – these 80 people, on the surface, have little in common. But the one thing that brings them together? Lindy Hop, apparently.

Homegrown in Harlem, Lindy Hop is an American-style dance from the 1920s. It’s described as ‘jive, but more bouncy’, but you’ll probably recognise it as ‘the dance from that Gap advert.

Today, a burgeoning Lindy community tumbles into the art-deco Freemasons’ Hall in Manchester. What started out in 2008 as 12 people dancing in a room above a pub has become the Manchester Lindy – a mass of dancers clad in tweed, tea dresses and enthusiasm. Their mission? To swivel, spin and mingle.

Every Tuesday night, the sounds of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong mix with giggles, cheers and conversation, like a raucous version of the Netherfield ball. There’s even a licensed bar on the sidelines (call it Dutch courage).

For one of the group’s founders, Lisa Goddard, who runs a cake and dessert business, it’s ‘more of a social activity than a dance’. She first discovered it after finding salsa ‘very snooty’. At Lindy, you meet and talk to people while you dance. ‘It’s a cross between a class and a nightclub,’ she says.

Big cities like Manchester can feel hard to penetrate, so it’s hardly surprising that Lindy has become so much more than a dance class. Unlike with ballroom dancing, a plus-one isn’t a prerequisite and you dance with a number of different partners, so you’re constantly meeting people. ‘Lots of close friendships – and relationships – have grown,’ explains Lisa.

‘I’m even godmother to one member’s child. It really is a little community.’

Whether it’s the connections made while dancing hand-in-hand or the endorphin- boosting moves, it’s clear that an electric atmosphere unites the Lindy Hoppers.

Beck Rowaichi, an office manager, was bowled over by the emotional benefits of Lindy Hop. Before, she’d found dance groups ‘intimidatingly formal’, but Lindy’s warm, inclusive vibe left her feeling exhilarated. ‘Whether you’re good at talking or not, you’ll find a friend here,’ she says.

On Tuesday nights in a hall filled with laughter and the chitter-chatter of new friendships (as well as old ones), the Lindy Hoppers are whisked away to a bygone era. On the dance floor, stresses and to-do lists are irrelevant; jobs are forgotten; ages are of no consequence. This is musical therapy – with a twist.

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This article was published in Red Magazine in December 2013.

Thankfully, the writer, Natasha Lunn, did.