The Lindy Hop is a Swing Dance
that was born in African-American communities in Harlem, New York City in 1928, and was very popular during the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem was one of the hubs for Lindy Hop and its development. It is is often referred to as the original American street dance because social dancing and improvisation is at its very core. Lindy Hop was the result of a fusion of a number of dances, including Charleston, Tap, and the Breakaway, and since the Swing Era the dance has continued to evolve. One of the most famous Lindy Hoppers from that era is Frankie Manning
, dancer and choreographer in Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, and who was instrumental in bringing the Lindy Hop back in the 1980s. Now the Lindy Hop is danced all over the world, from New York, to Lancaster.