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Black Lindy Hop Matters - Really?

Black Lindy Hop Matters  How so and How much?
Dedication, Destructiveness and Decisions:  The plight for some Black Dancers

Have you read this recent viewpoint "Who is to fight Racism in Dance"?  Please take a look  http://dogpossum.org/category/lindy-hop-and-other-dances/black-lindy-hop-matters/


When it comes to Black Lindy Hop Matters "movement" White people can do something about getting more Black people involved and within the scene - but they are not obligated to.  Even if the current state of affairs is not their fault.  But it is refreshing to read and especially meet those who do see (and understand) that some changes are overdue.... and could be welcoming.


Yet with the few numbers that there are in comparison, its Black folks who are waiting and whining about it. Not all of course. These ones are still frequenting the main or major venues and events; they attend and then snarl about what they see that appears a bit redundant or sickening for them. They pay to go…
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93rd Anniversary! Harlem's Savoy Balloom's Legacy and Impact

The legendary Savoy Ballroom was a large ballroom for music and public dancing located at 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets in  Harlem . The Savoy was the one ballroom in the area to be called the "World's Finest Ballroom".  The ballroom was 10,000 square feet in size, was on the second floor and a block long. It could hold up to 4,000 people. The interior was painted pink and the walls were mirrored. Colored lights danced on the sprung layered wood floor. It contained a spacious lobby framing a huge, cut-glass chandelier and marble staircase. 






It was in operation from March 12, 1926 to July 10, 1958, and owned by white entrepreneur Jay Faggen with Jewish businessman Moe Gale (or gangster, as our dear old friend who worked there Charles Dorkins told us). It was managed by African-American business man and civic leader Charles Buchanan (who was also secretary and treasurer).

The ballroom was modeled after Faggen's downtown venue, Roseland Ballroom (a mos…

Black History Month 2019: Harlem's Famed Lindy Hop Dance History and its History Makers

The last day of the month: However for Harlem's rich history Black History Month  is really year round and quite bountiful.  When it comes to Harlem's signature cultural dance of the Lindy Hop the history and its History Makers there are many and their contributions priceless.

Within the last 9 months or so in NYC there have been efforts to talk of this rich history in both the downtown area and uptown in Harlem.  As a quick overview and musing we'll examine a few of these a bit to show the importance of getting history straight - or accurate.

June 2018



Just a few days before NYC's Mid Summer Night Swing event opened - our BEST outdoor dance party! - there was a free panel discussion on "The History of Lindy Hop".  It was moderated by Zita Allen, a Dance critic, author, and professor...and it was to trace the evolution of Lindy hop from its Harlem Renaissance roots to its modern-day revival.  Here is a video of what happened here https://www.facebook.com/LCSwin…