What happens when you take inspiration from the Jazz era of music and combine it with the dancing skills of contemporary artists?
Furthermore, how about taking that combination and bringing it to a public place?
The same scenario happened at Denver International Airport in 2011 when more than 100 dancers surprised holiday travelers with some amazing swing.
This video shows the grandfather of all swing dances shining bright in the new millennium.
Yes, we’re talking about Lindy Hop.
The dance is also known as Jitterbug. It all began in the 1920s and was the most popular music style in the United States back then. Young folks of those days would swing out all night long in popular ballrooms. So, how does that concept fit in our generation’s lives? It’s simple enough: people still enjoy good music and are eager to dance!
The Lindy Hop is classy, the moves aren’t complicated and it’s easy to pick up any choreography with just a couple of lessons.
With that idea in mind, in 1999 Community-Minded Dance founder and executive director Caryn Carrasco began the process of the cultural revival of American swing music and dance.
As it is stated on the official website, the mission is “to increase access to dance experiences enriching the lives of children and community members.” More than 10,000 young people in Denver are already involved in CMDance projects.
All the onlookers were smiling.
A flash mob broke out in Jeppesen Terminal, and over 100 dancers put on a show in the airport’s Great Hall in Denver, Colorado.
You’ll hear a medley of swing classics and the show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The same thing happened to everyone at the airport—nobody was immune to the rhythm or the insanely good dance moves. We know these people mostly traveled home, but it’s amazing how they stumbled upon short time-travel along the way!
The dancers are charming and they managed to take us back to the previous century.
Music can do a lot of powerful things. All the bouncing and kicking will have you dancing in no time!
The whole thing was organized by the DIA’s Art and Culture Program.
Denver International Airport is a proud home to a world-class collection of public art, and it often hosts different performances.
The whole idea is part of the Art and Culture Program, and it’s funded by the City and County of Denver’s “one percent for art” requirement for public facilities.
DIA’s official website offers a lot more information on the public art program and its contemporary exhibitions. We must admit that the idea itself is phenomenal—and for some artists, it goes beyond public recognition.
They get a chance for the world to see them since the airport is the kind of place where people from all over the world fly to or from.
Everyone should do Lindy Hop!
Lindy Hoppers have a closely-knit community, and some events and classes take place all over the globe.
It’s an ideal situation for people who love to travel. When it was first originated, the dance broke down many gender and race barriers, bringing Americans of all races and ethnicities to the same dance floor. Besides, it’s a pretty good physical exercise!
Watching people dance is equally mood-lifting, but think about signing up for a couple of classes.
In the meantime, check out the video in the link below:
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