In 2008 a small group of enthusiastic lindy hoppers grew tired of dancing by themselves and vowed to get more people enjoying Lindy Hop in Manchester and lo…Manchester Lindy was born!
After a test run in January 2009 (if you don’t count the organisers themselves, just one jitterbugger turned up) Manchester Lindy officially launched two months later.
Over a decade on, and several venues later, Manchester Lindy’s Tuesday Swing Social has been known to host over 100 Swing dancers some weeks.
In addition to the original weekly Tuesdays, ML also runs occasional special events and workshops, such as a weekend long Lindy Exchange, MCRLX.
Lindy Hop’s inclusive history – the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem was one of the few places where everyone could dance, 20 years before the Civil Rights Movement – and Manchester’s diverse and tolerant nature make a great fit, and we’re proud to be a little part of social history active in the present day.
Best of all, we get to leave behind the not-so-nice aspects of the 1920s-1930s, and we can be leaders or followers, regardless of gender tradition, and no one need wait to be asked to dance!
The teachers and other volunteers are always happy to take new and new-to-Manchester dancers onto the social dance floor, but we are often extremely busy, so please do come over and ask us!
We encourage EVERYONE to ask others to dance, and although we support everyone’s individual right to refuse, we do everything we can to promote an inclusive atmosphere.
See you on the dancefloor!