Choose from Three Options
- $10 for a date night dancing class for two people ($30 value)
- $59 for four classes in one progressive series one couple ( $160value)
- $99 for eight classes in two progressive series for one couple ($320 value)
The Lindy Loft teaches classes in the Lindy Hop, Swing, Authentic Jazz, and all the dance styles of the Swing Era. The progressive series courses aim to instill the essential dance moves and partner variations, so students can dance confidently in social settings. Click here for more information on classes.
The Charleston: Kickin’ Off a Century
Many forms of swing dance share a common ancestor in the jaunty kicks of the Charleston. Get jazzed for Groupon's overview of this progenitor to jumps and jives.
With their knees bent, arms akimbo, and faces grinning with pure joy, dancers around the world—whether solo or with a partner—have been doing the Charleston for generations, reveling in its syncopated kicks: toes in, heels out, fast and frenzied and fun. The famous dance’s origin traces back to an African American community off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, at the turn of the 20th century, though many have compared its movements to similar elements in traditional West African dances.
Regardless of its true origin, the Charleston took the world by storm in 1923, when the Broadway musicals Liza and Runnin' Wild incorporated it in their choreography. It was an instant hit, both in African American dance halls and at speakeasies, where so-called flapper girls asserted their independence by performing the (then quite provocative) moves without a partner. As dance floors continued to buckle under youngsters’ rowdy kicks, the Charleston craze turned deadly in 1925, when it was blamed—somewhat dubiously—for the sudden collapse of Boston's Pickwick Club, which left 44 revelers dead. Authorities began banning the dance virtually everywhere, from London to New Jersey—where it was thought to pose a hazard to the public’s shins—to Kansas City, where officials indicted the Charleston for leaving several buildings structurally deficient. No laws could stop the dancing, however, and the Charleston endured, even influencing the emergence of the Lindy Hop, thought to be one of the oldest forms of swing dance.
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