Swing Dance 搖擺舞


The Lindy Hop is a partnered dance style that originated in Harlem, New York, in the early 1930s together with Swing jazz music, and was originated by African Americans whose dances were later influenced by European ballroom dances of the time. Just like jazz music, where improvisation is a key element, Lindy Hop absorbed countless influences from other dances, and itself influenced the development of later dances, such as the Rock and Roll, Boogie Woogie, Jive, West Coast Swing and Hip Hop.

Lindy Hop 是一種雙人舞,起源於二、三十年代紐約的哈林區 (Harlem),起源於非裔美國人。就像 Swing 爵士樂一樣,Lindy Hop 講求自由、即興和互動的身體擺動,於當下與音樂和舞伴互相啟發,撞出火花,通過身體的連接創造出百變的舞蹈動作。 Lindy Hop 吸收了其他舞蹈養分的同時,亦影響了後來舞蹈的發展,如搖滾樂、Boogie Woogie、Jive、西海岸搖擺舞 (West Coast Swing) 和嘻哈等。


Also tied to Swing jazz tradition, solo jazz dance is a individual (non-partnered) dance born together with the beginnings of Jazz music in around 1920. Many of the traditional steps and movements of this dance derived from Tap and African dances. Like the jazz music it is danced to – the popular music of the era – solo jazz strongly features improvisation and creativity, allowing each dancer to develop a personal and unique style. It requires a strong connection to the music, representing in movement the rhythm, cadences and structure of jazz and letting the music inspire an individual’s movement and sensations.

除了 Lindy Hop,與 Swing 爵士樂相關的舞蹈還有 Solo Jazz 單人爵士舞。Solo Jazz 保留了許多源自踢踏舞和非洲舞的傳統舞步和動作。如同 Swing 爵士樂,Solo Jazz 的靈魂在於即興和創造,每個舞者就如樂團中的樂手,擁有獨特的風格和表達方法。Solo Jazz 的舞者需要與音樂有很強的聯繫,在舞蹈動作中表現爵士樂的節奏、韻律和結構,讓音樂激發個人的動作和感受。