Monday, March 14, 2005

The music changes the dance

So here's an interesting phenomenon. Lindy can resist Hip Hop because its music of choice developed in the 30's and 40's and 50's of the last century. And yes you can remix that music but then you can't really dance the Lindy to it. But sadly enough the Lindy's sister dance, the West Coast Swing, has no such built in protection. It is a dance that it's followers and teachers apparently believe can be danced to any style of music. It's inclusiveness allows it to transmute, they contend, any new music into it's form. So in the 90's West Coast could absorb country swing and now in the 2000's it can digest Hip Hop.

2 comments:

Christina said...

Interesting post....
Swing was developed as a culmination of many dances (roots in Charlston, Peabody, and Foxtrot), and many Lindy dancers claim they can dance to anything but prefer the older jazz. ECS same thing, dancers claim they can dance to any music but stick to rock and roll. Lindy still borrows a lot as Charlston moves are quite popular as is the incorporation of Balboa and Shag. WCS is going through a growth phase at the moment where it is taking a lot of hustle & hip hop influenc. The country and hip hop phases of WCS are really no different than the neo-swing crazy in the mid/late 90s.

R said...

Neo-swing is a new term to me and so I have to ask what actually does it mean?