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Learn to Lindy Hop on the Isle of Wight

Fri 7 Feb 2014

Learn to Lindy Hop on the Isle of Wight

Although Strictly Come Dancing has finished until next autumn, the Isle of Wight hasn't stopped boogying, and visitors to the island with a passion for dance have an opportunity to learn one of the sport's most energetic varieties during a short break. 

Join the Learn to Lindy Hop class on Tuesday evenings at the Wight Rock Bar on the appropriately named Lind Street in Ryde for the chance to learn new techniques in a fun environment. And don't worry, Craig Revel Horwood won't be waiting in the wings to score you a three out of ten. 

Just after the doors open at 7.30pm, there will be a beginners' class, after which there will be 40 minutes of improvisation until 9pm. Then the intermediates take to the floor to learn some new steps, before another session of furious jive action starts at 9.40pm. 

Singles are welcome to come along and the whole evening of dance costs just £7 per person. There is also no course to follow, so you can start at any time. 

But what is the Lindy Hop, you rightly ask? Well, it's an American dance form that originated in Harlem, New York, in the 1920s. It's a very energetic, cheeky and fun style, that uses steps borrowed from both the Charleston and tap dancing.

The unusual name comes from a reference to Charles Lindbergh's 'hop' across the Atlantic in 1927, when he attempted the first solo flight from New York to Paris. 

For an example of how the dance should be performed, check out Chris Hollins and Ricky Whittle's joint Lindy Hop routine to 'Sing Sing Sing' with their respective partners Ola Jordan and Natalie Lowe from the final of series seven of Strictly. 

You'll notice they're all dancing flat out for the whole routine, yet have huge smiles on their faces, showing that the Lindy is a fun way to get fit. It certainly beats running on a treadmill.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801691412-ADNFCR

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