Swing is Music. Swing is Dance. Swing is Pure Joy.


What’s Happening?

What is this thing… they call Swing? 甚麼是Swing?

Swing is Dance.
Danced mainly to the swinging style of jazz music from the 1920s-40s, lindy hop is a free, improvised dance with an emphasis on music, rhythm and groove. Slow and sassy or fast and raw, it has African-American roots and originated in the Harlem ballrooms of New York in the 1930s. It has a rich and unique history. Most of all, it is a lot of FUN!

Swing is Music.
Swing jazz – the popular music of the 1920s-40s – is exciting and playful, rich and rhythmic. From the days when people packed dance halls to hear the best bands to dance to, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, this music really, really makes you want to get up and dance.

Swing is Community.
We are a welcoming and open community promoting swing, a style of rhythmic jazz music and dance most popular in the dancehalls of the 1920s-40s. We are run by volunteers who love swing for the social culture, history and sheer fun of it. Come and join us!

起源
Swing Dance 起源於1920年代紐約的哈林區 (Harlem),主要於黑人舞者社群中流行,舞蹈結合了傳統非洲舞的社交性和圓形舞蹈 (Jam Circle) 形式,以及歐洲的雙人交際舞,如今成為獨具一格的美式舞蹈。

今日 Lindy Hop 文化強調包容、創意和即興。這個我們所熱愛的舞蹈,如今有數萬名散佈全球的舞者。

音樂
Big band swing (搖擺樂風) 是20至40年代美國最紅受歡迎的流行音樂,當時最有名的包括由 Chick Webb、Count Basie、Duke Ellington 和 Benny Goodman 等領班的爵士樂團。 這些樂團常作全國巡迴演出,黑人舞者會跟著音樂一起舞動,樂手亦會從舞者身上獲取靈感,即興創作音樂。

搖擺在香港
香港的搖擺舞始於 2006 年,到現在這圈子擴大到近二百人。Hong Kong Swings 除了每星期的定期課程和活動外,還舉辦每年一度,有超過 250 位本地和海外舞者參加的香港搖擺節。

除此以外,我們亦不時與不同的樂手、文化與教育團體合作,實行外展社區教育計劃。與我們合作過的夥伴有:法國五月 French May、藝穗會、香港大學、中文大學、Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra、Chinese International School等。