Swing Busters

Prague swing dance company

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Registration for Autumn term opens on Friday 31/8/2018

It took us long, yes, we know, we suffer too. We are preparing a new, more automatic system for registering to make life easier for everybody but it takes some…

Summer workshops

To not make you cry, we have prepared some workshop you can join. They are all solo dances, all with Marine, all on Sundays, all great. :) 15.7. Ladie’s styling workshop (3-5pm)…

Summer break doesn’t mean you cannot dance!

Yes, we are not running any courses during summer. It is our time to chill out and take a deep breath from teaching. But no break for you, guys. There…

Who shakes that thing?

SWING KID NEVER SLEEPS

It don't mean a think
if it ain't got that swing!

Contact

Swing Busters s.r.o.

IČ: 046 97 359
DIČ: CZ04697359
Andrštova 1079/5, 180 00, Praha 8
zaps. v OR vedeném Městským soudem v Praze, oddíl C, vložka 252240

bank account: 2800926222/2010 (Fio banka, a.s.)
IBAN: CZ1020100000002800926222
BIC/SWIFT: FIOBCZPPXXX

COURSES & REGISTRATION & PRODUCTION

Jitka Hradilková
info@swingbusters.cz
+420 603 909 382

 

About swing

Swing dance includes various dance styles such as the Lindy Hop, the Balboa, the Shag etc. danced to swing music.

The History of the Lindy Hop

As the jazz music and jazz dance entered the 1930s, that craze wave had started becoming what would be generally called “swing.” The Lindy Hop was the big “in” dance and was starting to slowly spread across the United States from its origin at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York.

After the end of World War II, both swing music and the Lindy Hop quickly began to fade away. One of Lindy’s decendant dances, East Coast Swing, was being adapted for the new Jump Blues music (which lead into early Rock & Roll in the 1950s). But by the end of the ’50s, partnered dancing (which included all the swing dances) nearly died out completely with The Twist (a dance which could be danced by oneself).

In the early 1980s, two California dancers, and a group from Sweden sought out any surviving Lindy Hop dancers and had them teach them how the dance was done. They, in turn, began teaching others. By the mid-1990s, a fairly large number of new Lindy Hop dancers had grown which lead to a swing revival that lasted from 1997 to the early 2000s. Classic styled swing jazz music came back with it.

At present, the Lindy hop is very popular almost in every country. Swing camps focusing on Lindy hop, Balboa, Shag, Authentic Jazz, Blues, Boogie-woogie etc. are happening across the whole world every weekend, teaching thousands of people how to swing.

Swing dancing disappeared in Czech Republic after World War II. During the 90’s things changed after the film Swing Kids was released which featured professional dancers from Prague who were taught some of the basic steps during the filming. These dancers continued learning the dance and continued to teach in Prague.

Nowadays, you can see Lindy hop dancers swinging out on streets to live bands, partying in bars to their favorite swing music or learning and teaching all across the Czech republic.

Some swing music we can think of

Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Count Basie, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Gen Krupa, Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, Gordon Webster, Gentlemen & Gangsters

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Nine Simone, Frank Sinatra, Lil Armstrong, Louis Prima, Sophie Tucker

Watch this interesting documentary about swing music on YOUTUBE.

What is Lindy hop?

Stricly Lindy Competition, ILHC

Hellzapoppin

INTERNATIONAL LINDY HOP CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 COUPLES

PRAGUE SPRING SWING FESTIVAL 2015

HARLEM 2014