Most of the world is unaware of a special place that exists alongside their normal everyday lives. It's all around them, a parallel universe hidden beneath their own noses, open and available to all, just waiting for anyone to step through the door to sample its delights. A massive community all around the world, made up of sub-communities having fun in all the major towns and cities in the developed world. If you ask the average person if they know what Lindy Hop is, they'll say "No." If you ask the average person to search the internet for the nearest Lindy Hop class, they'll more than likely find one almost on their doorstep.

I discovered Lindy Hop only a few years ago. I have since danced, not only within my own local community, but with complete strangers all over the UK, in Spain, Miami and San Francisco. Don't get me wrong - I'm not even that good, but it doesn't even matter how good you are. Dancers of all levels mix together. It's called social dancing. When you first start, if an experienced dancer asks you to dance, you may feel embarrassed and say something like, "But I'm not very good. I only know a few moves." The experienced dancer will say something like, "That's fine, it really doesn't matter." And this is how you, eventually, can become an experienced dancer and help out all the others. It's how it works. We call it the "Lindy Love". We like to share the Lindy Love.

Lindy Hop started in New York in the 1920s and evolved over the years into what it is now. It is a partner dance where one leads and the other follows. The leads learn to signal while the follows learn to respond. If you watch a pair of lindy hoppers on the dance floor, it may look as if what they are doing is choreographed, but it's more likely that they are just playing around with moves initiated, in the moment, by the lead. 

Having nearly given it up recently for personal reasons, I have found that the "pull" of the community has made me return. 

Here is a video of two of my favourite dancers, Felipe and Alice:

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