This 2018-08-23 has started the 11th International Lindy Hop Championsip on Washington, D.C. and 77 years from now, in 1941-08-23, the famous “A True National Folk Dance Has Been Born in U.S.A.” article on the LIFE Magazine where published. I wonder if this particular date is the reason why ILHC is started then. This is just a recopilation of pictures, not only of this edition but every edition that has nice air-step pictures in it. In chronological order we have no less than 7 editions! in diferent months from 36′ to 41′
This high-swinging team (above), on the basis of the audience’s applause, has just been awarded one of the three Lindy Hop contest prizes and is now giving a special exhibition as an encore
Male Jitterbugs fling each other around at outdoor swing session on Randall’s Island. Socialite Jitterbugs at Madison Square Garden
Jitterbug Jamboree raises funds for Legion vistors
At a recent church benefit held at Big George’s Taven in Corona, L.I., I snapped this shot of two Lindy Hop performers in action. The crowd was wide-eyed as the girl Lindy Hopper leaped high off the floor and almost touched the ceiling with her hand.
With little effort Jack Joyce is able to hurdle over his crutch depite the loss of his left leg
At climax of the Congeroo Ann is yanked off the floor by partner Franke. She is struggling in mid-air like a spider on a nail. Frankie sends her sliding under his legs on her handy patch. Ann satisfies her surpressed desire as congeroo ends
Great pictures of Willie Mae Ricker & Leon James, Kaye Popp & Stanley Catron.
Article about the Harvest Moon Ball dance competition at Madison Square Garden, NYC, on August 27, 1941
List of LIFE articles for further reading:
1936-08-09 Big Apple Dance Craze(pg 22)
1936-12-14 Life Goes to a Party at the Savoy with the Boys and Girls of Harlem(pg 64-68) Highly recommended.
1936-12-28 Article about Lindy Hoppers(pg 30-31)
1937-11-01 Article on Big Apple and Shag(pg 124)
1937-12-20 Article on the Big Apple, Collegiate Shag(pg 29-32)
1938-08-08 Article about the Jitterbug(pg 56-60)
1938-09-26 Patty Lacey and Ray Hirsch(pg 24)
1940-07-08 Pop-Over(pg 84)
1940-10-07 One-legged Jitterbug Dancer Jack Joyce(pg 10-11)
1941-01-16 An article featuring Congeroo(pg 49-50)
1941-08-23 The Lindy Hop: A True National Folk Dance Has Been Born in U.S.A.(pg 95-103)
1941-09-15 Harvest Moon Ball dance competition(pg 9-11)
1947-04-28 Balboa Beach Dancing(pg 136-137)