Lindy Dance History

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America’s most fearful nightmare brewed like a horror film coming to life in the1930s. Starving families, skyrocketing unemployment in a short amount of time and the stock market crashed in 1929. With people losing their homes even a cent could not save a life. The 1930s was known to be the hardest times of America. Despite the grim decade, music ruled the young and old. In 1938 a traffic of young teens stood in line in front of Paramount Theater to see the ultimate song, “Sing, Sing, Sing” from Benny Goodman (Hard Times, the 30s 136). With music and dance, icons to entertainment, and famous literary works influenced the nation to keep on fighting strong even in those grim time.
During the Great Depression, dancing and
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The name Lindy dance came from the famous Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom. The Savoy Ballroom was a venue where people of all skin colors could dance without discrimination as long as one can dance it was open. It was the place where Lindy dance originated from. It came from an African-European American swing, inspired by tap, jazz, and the one and most original Charleston dance (“Drop Me Off in Harlem”). In Lindy dance a man and a woman will stand face to face together with their knees flexed, and crooked fingers being locked. The Lindy dance is also known as “Lindy hop” because of the dance moves that involves with leaping hops yelling the phrase: “Look, I’m flying like Lindy.” (Panati …show more content…
Even in the midst of The Great Depression people still read. In fact many turned to reading to get away from problems. During the 1930s one of the best sellers at the time were Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell which sold 1 million within six months of getting published. Gone With The Wind was a literary work about the events in the Civil War. It was the best historical fiction book in the 30s. There were numerous of books that stood out as classics. Such as John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath. A novel about the Great Depression, and Thorton’s dramatic play Our Town (Tames 32). One of the literary works that children loved was Superman. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel first started the comic book in Cleveland’s Glenville High School as a collaboration. At the time it was called, Reign of the Superman and was published on the January 1933 issue of their Fanzine that soon became Superman, their debut on January 1938 in Action Comic #1 (Hoffmann and Bailey

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