About Us

The Southside Stomp! swing social is Hampton Roads monthly lindy hop dance brought to you by the Mambo Room Latin Dance Studio and hosts Mia Bahagry, Victor Celania, Neve Fletcher and Bill Speidel.  

Southside Stomp is held the third Saturday of each month at:

The Mambo Room Latin Dance Studio
2200 Colonial Ave.
Norfolk, Va. 23517

Schedule:
Intermediate Lessons are at varying times so check individual event listings each month for details.

7:30-8:30 – Beginner Lesson
8:30-12:30 – DJ’ed dance

Dance Admission (*):
$12 for Intermediate lesson and Dance / $10 with Student or Military ID
$9 Dance Only / $7 with Student or Military ID
(*) Intermediate class pricing will vary so check individual event listings each month for details.

No partner necessary and beginners warmly welcomed!

 

WHAT IS LINDY HOP?

Lindy Hop is the original style of swing dance, created in the 30’s and 40’s and danced to the big band music of the era. “Shorty” George Snowden gave the name “Lindy Hop” to the dance in 1927, in reference to Charles Lindbergh’s recent “hop” across the Atlantic. This new “Lindy Hop” combined elements of jazz dance with earlier dances such as the Big Apple, Charleston, and Texas Tommy to create an energetic, exciting dance that is still enjoyed all over the world.

Lindy Hop moves include

  • Floor Steps. The most basic of these is the Swingout, which allows partners to move away from each during the dance, giving it the unique “Lindy” look. Lindy Hop borrows moves from many dance styles, including the Charleston, Texas Tommy, and even Tango.
  • Shine Steps. These include dozens of fun steps such as Suzi Q’s, Truckin, and Twist which allow one or both partners to really “shine” on the dance floor.
  • Air Steps. Frankie Manning created the first air step (a back to back flip) during a dance contest in the mid 30’s. Lindy Hoppers have been flying through the air during jams and performances ever since.

Lindy Hop’s birthplace was the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. On a dance floor big enough to hold 4000 people, Lindy Hoppers competed in massive dance contests every week as two big bands (one on each end of the dance floor) played. The very best dancers formed a dance troupe called Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers who performed shows until World War II. In the Savoy Ballroom, these dancers had a special area of the dance floor all to themselves, known as the Cat’s Corner, where only the best Lindy Hoppers were allowed to jam. Two main styles of Lindy Hop (also called Jitterbug) developed during this early era: Frankie Manning’s Savoy Style and Dean Collins’ Hollywood Style. Later on, during the 40’s and 50’s, other styles of swing dance would evolve out of Lindy Hop, including West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Rockabilly Swing, Boogie Woogie, Ballroom Jive, Shag, Bop, Balboa, Imperial, Whip and Push. Today, Lindy Hop is alive and well, being spread by a new generation of dancers who remain true to the original spirit of the dance while creating new and exciting variations that keep it as fresh as the day Shorty George first named it.

CONTACT US
If you’d like to contact us with suggestions or to inquire about instructing, DJ’ing, or just dropping in to dance please feel free to drop us a line.

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