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Are you up for a jazz-step challenge?
The Big Apple Routine is such an amazingly fun and classic group line dance. It’s not an easy routine, but the feelings of elation are worth the effort.
As the story goes, legendary swing dancer Frankie Manning was in Hollywood, California along with his dance group Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers during the fall of 1937, when he received a telephone call from his manager in New York, Herbert White, a.k.a. “Whitey.” Whitey had just seen the Big Apple dance performance at the Roxy Theater and excitedly described the movements of the dance to Frankie. Because the Big Apple incorporated many jazz steps that Frankie and the Lindy Hoppers already knew, Frankie was able to piece together his own version of the Big Apple and teach it to his troupe were eventually they were captured performing the routine on film in the 1939 film Keep Punchin’. This month you’ll get to learn that same historic routine!
This routine is done at dances all over the world to pay tribute to the great Original dancers of the famous Lindy Hop Performance troupe, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. We will take four Sundays to learn the routine. And for those that want to… we can perform it with all of the other dancers at the Chesterfield.
Once you’ve learned this routine, you will have a plethora of jazz steps at your musical disposal. Check it out:
Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers perform the Big Apple: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfgKMfexdPQ) Harlem Hot Shots perform the Big Apple: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmsYp583IYw)