About Us

Cambridge Lindy Hoppers

Cambridge Lindy Hoppers is a non-profit society aimed at promoting Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing in Cambridge. We started out in 2006 as small group of Lindy Hoppers in Cambridge who came together to share our enthusiasm for Lindy Hop swing dancing, and have grown into a very active scene which runs classes and social dancing two nights a week and holds regular workshops and events.

 

Photo courtesy of and © Will Sheldrake (www.willsheldrake.com)

 

We perform, teach, dance socially (and eat cake) at every opportunity. Our membership is drawn from all age groups and walks of life, and we take part in a lot of local events, such as Strawberry Fair and the Buskers’ Festival. We’re also active in the wider swing community, and it’s a safe bet that you’ll find a Cambridge dancer at most UK events, and quite a lot of European ones!

Here’s a video of a typical night out for Cambridge Lindy at Cambridge’s burlesque night – Salon Rouge:

Video courtesy of and © Alexandra Medeville – many thanks!

 

Our biggest event is the annual Cambridge Lindy Exchange every October, where we host 150+ dancers from the UK and further afield for a full weekend of dancing, socialising and exploring the city.

Although we’re now quite an established scene and growing steadily, we pride ourselves on still having that small group energy, friendliness and community spirit – we promise that you’ll never turn up to one of our social dances and spend the evening waiting for a dance! Whether you’re young or old, male or female, we’d love to have you come along and get involved.

We have a dedicated group of committee members, teachers and volunteers who work together to put on all our great events and make sure things run smoothly, and there’s lots of opportunity to get involved.

You can read our Constitution here.

The History of Lindy Hop Swing Dancing

Ever wondered what it would be like to dance how they do in the movies in the 1930s and 40s? Like those old black and white films where you hear the sounds of some unbelievable jazz band, and then the camera pans from the band to the crowd and everyone’s swinging out like crazy? How do they actually learn how to do that?

You know, like this:



Then you think to yourself, ‘Where has this lost art gone? Nobody in this day and age seems to dance like that. Or, do they?’ So you Google it, and you find out they do, and that it’s right here in Cambridge. You find out that old dance style is called Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, or sometimes just Swing Dancing. Cool.

The story goes that Shorty George Snowden and Mattie Purnell invented the dance in 1928 during a dance marathon at the Rockland Palace Ballroom in New York. Snowden later christened it the “Lindy Hop”, possibly as a variation on the earlier (unrelated) “Lindbergh Hop”, named in honour of aviator Charles Lindbergh. During the 1980s and 90s there was a huge revival in interest in Lindy Hop, and today it is again danced by thousands of people all over the world.

 

This Website

This website was originally created by Matt Riddle using WordPress and is currently maintained by Cambridge Lindy Hoppers.  The current theme was designed by Tom Rees.