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Meet Red & Ginger

Hi there!

Thank you for visiting us on the internet. :) If you'd like to know a little bit more about us, what dancing means to us and why we teach the way we do, read on below! 


Who are we?

We are huge vintage dorks and we spend hours and hours watching instructional Lindy videos, reading books and just dancing with each other to figure out new moves. When we're not cutting a rug, we love to spend our time in the countryside, looking at lovely vintage bits and pieces in antique shops, growing vegetables in our greenhouse and being made to dress up as Star Wars characters by our daughter (aka the Swing Kid).

If you want to read a bit more about what we get up to, you might want to check out our Facebook page for images of our events or our Instagram for snippets of our vintage life!


What do we do?

We both love dancing and sharing it with other people, either through sharing our knowledge or a dance floor. We believe the real essence of vintage dance is about having fun. This is what we mean by 'hot' and is what sets us apart. We're known for our joyous, stylish and often fast Lindy hop dances and for our friendly, relaxed and humorous approach to teaching. We don't take ourselves too seriously and firmly believe that dancing the Lindy hop should be enjoyable before anything else. 


As Frankie Manning, one of the first and greatest Lindy dancers said: "I never taught people where to step on '2', because when I learned how to dance there was no '2'. We just danced to the music."  This philosophy underpins our teaching and our dancing. Ultimately, it's 'just a dance' and should be about expressing yourself and having fun .


Where have you seen us before?

We have performed, taught and headlined at events of all sizes, including the Vintage Carnival, the York Festival of Vintage, the National Memorial Arboretum and Retro Festival and performed with the Bombshell Belles, Louis Louis Louis and JG & the Ultimates and many more big names in vintage music. We're also proud to have been internationally published in Dames, Planes and Automobiles magazine.

 


 

Red dances the 'lead' role in the dance partnership. He loves music by Wynonie Harris, Jack Teagarden, the Hot Sugar Band and Benny Goodman. He loves to watch the dancers William Mauvais, Juan Villafane and Al Minns.

Ginger dances the 'follow' role and likes to listen to Lucky Millinder, Jimmy Lunceford and Glenn Miller. Her favourite dancers are Maeva Truntzer, Sharon Davis and Willa Mae Ricker.

"I think the dance is wonderful... it’s a joyful dance. I usually tell people, I never see a lindy hopper who is not smiling." - Frankie Manning

  What is 'Swing Dancing' and how do I 'Lindy hop'?

Swing dancing is a catch-all term for dances that are performed to swing music. They include the Balboa, Shag and East and West-coast Swing and best of all, the Lindy hop


Swing music had its heyday in the late 30s through the 40s and WW2 into the early fifties. Some of its most famous stars are Glenn MillerBenny Goodman and Cab Calloway. Swing dancing developed in America from dances such as the Charleston in amazing dance halls and theatres including the Savoy and the Cotton Club, where black dancers developed dances that not only poked fun at staid, conventional ballroom dances, they exploded them into the riotous, joyful dance that is the Lindy hop, which in turn gave birth to other swing dances. The Lindy hop became mainstream when the Savoy opened its doors to dancers of all classes, colours and abilities and defied the segregation that American society demanded at that time. People just danced, and Lindy hoppers such as Frankie Manning'Shorty' George SnowdenNorma Miller and Jewel McGowan brought joy and excitment in a way that had never been seen or felt before.


Many people in the UK know Lindy hop as the 'Jitterbug', popularised by American GIs during the war, and danced by countless men and women across the world ever since. It's this joy and fun that we hope to bring to anyone who joins us to learn to Lindy. 


As Mandi Gould, a Lindy hop teacher and blogger says so well:


"People went to a dance hall, they were inspired by the music, and they created new ideas and copied one another. Everything was guided by the energy of the music and the people dancing around them. It was about feeling the music, feeling a nice stretchy connection with your partner and creating shapes together. The dance was exciting, it was infectious, it was a bit wild and it was FUN."


This is what matters to us when we dance. We're not hoping to win 'Strictly'. We're hoping you have as much fun as we do when we Lindy hop.