Saturday october 21, 2017
Air steps, aka aerials, are a characteristic dimension of Lindy Hop. These high flying throws, lifts, and flips were first seen at weekly dance contests at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem by teenage dancers trying to out do each other, like Frankie Manning and Norma Miller throwing a back-to-back flip in order to one-up 6-foot-tall Big Bea who would carry her partner Shorty George off the dance floor, legs in the air! Later, aerials hit the nation via a touring African American performance troupe, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. They danced one of the most well known, heart-pumping, showy sequences in the 1941 movie Helzapoppin’, which featured throws like “the Pancake,” “the Lindy Flip,” and “the Bocker.” Today, aerials add dynamic elements to Lindy Hop choreographies, and take a combination of athleticism, timing, and finesse for couples to master and perform.
What to Expect in Classes with Doriel & Rebecca
Whether flips, lifts, tosses, or dips, Doriel & Rebecca will coach partners and spotters step by step through down preps, up preps, to going all the way. No dance experience is necessary, though Doriel & Rebecca will show transitions into and out of each aerial from typical Lindy Hop steps.
$35 At The Door