My Swing Archives

By Aurelia Gould | for Lindy Hoppers, swing music aficionados, vintage lovers, and anyone who loves the '20s, '30s and '40s

36 Vintage Photos Show a Unique and Elegant Style of 1920s Women Fashion

The 1920s marked the beginning of an unprecedented era of freedom for women. Not only did they gain the right to vote in 1920, but women als...

Vintage

A 1950’s sock hop

A sock hop was a teenage dance, often held on the floors of high school gymnasiums. Dancers would take off their shoes to avoid scuffing the gym …

Shoes

They Wore Saddle Shoes

“<i>It’s the ‘hardy perennial’ of shoe fashions… ever smart…ever now!</i>,” claimed a 1930s description for brown and white saddle shoes. If there ever was …

Shoes

Swing Mix #52

Eight frenzy tunes to welcome the summer with, including music by Fats Waller, the Hot Jazz Band, and Duke Ellington.<p>Ιmage: Couple Dancing the …

Duke Ellington

The Big Apple Dance | THE WHO WHAT WHY AND WHEN

The <b>Big Apple</b> is a group participation circle dance that uses swing dance for a host of steps. The Big Apple has some roots in the Ring Shout and …

University of South Carolina

Lindy Hop DJ Corner: Why DJs Should Play Count Basie

Thanks to the FMF for continuing to have me do this fun and specialized series. In the nearly 15 years I’ve been “on the circuit”, I have done a lot …

Swing Mix #20 [The Frankie Manning Mix]

Eight tracks that Frankie Manning used to dance to, according to the book "Frankie Manning – Ambassador of Lindy Hop" [Frankie Manning and Cynthia R. …

Jazz

Swing Dance Partner Match

A Lovely Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating Trailblazing Jazz Pianist and Composer Mary Lou Williams

How an extraordinary woman transformed bullying into beautiful music and came to lift the spirits of millions.<p>The history of jazz is strewn with Y chromosomes and credit-hogging egos, which makes pianist, composer, and arranger <b>Mary Lou Williams</b> (May 8, 1910–May 28, 1981) all the more dazzling an …

Jazz

Lindy Hop - Are You Limiting it to 8 Count?

<b>The Swingout</b> is the defining move of Lindy Hop; it’s also one of the most <i>exhilarating</i> pairings of partnership, momentum, and rhythm! Its basic form …

Feminism

The Ross Sisters - Solid Potato Salad (DVD Quality) Full Video

How Lester Young Invented Cool

Not content to invent a much-copied yet incomparable musical style, jazz saxophonist Lester Young indelibly shaped American speech, too, from cool to …

Jazz

Swing Mix #51 [The Ladies Mix]

Eight cheerful, swingin' tunes performed by wonderful ladies, including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Rosemary Clooney.<p>Image: Chorus Girls …

Jazz

Nelson Riddle with Guest Star ROSEMARY CLOONEY

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Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman & Ella Fitzgerald - The glory of love

Jazz

process not product in learning dance

Valuing the process rather than the product<br>I’ve been thinking about this again.<br>Two of my teaching buddies like to quote Ramona: “As soon as you …

Learning

Lindy Hop

59 More Slang Phrases From The 1920s We Should Start Using Again

I learned a couple things from the response to my article on slang phrases from the 1920s. Number first: The Roaring Twenties really did have the …

The “Heavy” Follower

<i>In 2010, this post was the first viral hit of Swungover*. A lot has changed and grown in my understanding of the dance, and were I to write this post</i> …

Social Media Marketing

TEENAGE | Official UK trailer | in cinemas 24th January

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Lindy Hop

LivingtheSwing in Athens

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Black and White Photographs of Christmas from between the 1930s and 1960s

Father Christmas delivering presents to the Children's Aid and Adoption Society at Leytonstone, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 20th …

Christmas

The Proactive Follower

<i>By Bobby White<br>Art by Irena Spassova</i>As a teacher, I quickly realized the advice “just follow” is almost never helpful. As far as teaching advice goes, …

Social Media Marketing

Frankie on Film

Charlie Stone Shoes

We love the elegance of vintage heels but they can become impractical for everyday wear, especially for the busy modern woman constantly on the go. …

Shoes

Swing Mix #50 [The Party Mix]

Eight tracks about parties and balls, including music by Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman.<p>Image: Sing-Sing Jazz Cafe © …

Recipes

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