Lindy Hop Vs The Charlston

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20’s Dancers doing the Charlston

Lindy Hop is the dance that followed Charleston historically, so it’s no surprise that many Lindy steps are inspired by the Charleston.  They are, however, two distinctly different dances.  Since Lindy has its roots in Charleston, both dances can often work to the same music.  This beautifully choreographed (and executed) routine combines the two dances.

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Wondering what part is Charleston and what is Lindy?  Here is a clip of Max and Annie doing a Lindy routine.  Watch the kicking steps and see if you can tell the difference.  These are Lindy steps inspired by Charleston.

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Now here is a Charleston routine.  If you can’t tell the difference, don’t worry.  You may have to study the dances for a while before you know what you are looking at.  In any case, it’s all great fun to watch!

By LaurieAnn Lepoff

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