AFTER SEBEN (1929)
Considered the "first" Lindy Hop clip. Enjoy watching Shorty Snowden (he's the third out dancing)... the man credited with giving our dance its name.
DAY AT THE RACES (1937)
This is Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, including Norma Miller. You can even see Herbert "Whitey" White (the group's manager) in the background... he has the shock of white hair. The dancers are: Dorothy Miller (Norma Miller's sister) & Johnny (last name?), Norma Miller & Leon James, Ella Gibson & George Grenidge, Snooky Beasley & Willa Mae Ricker, and Ella Gibson & George Grenidge.
BEACH CLIP (1938)
This film shows a group of LA Swing dancers probably promoting a local California swing dance contest in September, 1938. The dancers doing LA Swing (early form of Bal-Swing) are Hal & Betty Takier (man in white top, black pants, does the move that takes them to the ground), Jack Helwig & Genevieve Grazis (couple in all white), Richard "Dick" Landry (in the striped top) dancing with the shorter unknown woman, and the Collegiate Shag couple is Connie Wydell & possibly Barbara Plum.
KEEP PUNCHING (1939)
The Big Apple began as a called circle dance. But in 1939, Frankie Manning choreographed this version, which has become a staple on the swing dance scene around the world. The dancers are: Thomas "Tops" Lee & Wilda Crawford, William Downes & Francis "Mickey" Jones, Joyce Daniels & Al Daniels, Norma Miller & George Grenidge, and Frankie Manning & Lucille Middleton.
This clip features The Harlem Congaroo Dancers (a.k.a. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers). The dancers are: William Downes/Overalls & Frances "Mickey" Jones (0:39), Billy Ricker/Chef's Hat & Norma Miller (1:09), Al Minns/White Coat-Black Pants & Willa Mae Ricker (1:29), and Frankie Manning/Overalls & Ann Johnson (1:55).
BUCK PRIVATES (1941)
Jewel McGowan and Dean Collins tear it up in Buck Privates.
SWING FEVER (1944)
This clip features Kay Kyser and his Orchestra with Marilyn Maxwell performing One Girl and Two Boys. The dancers are Jean Veloz, Don Gallagher, and Lenny Smith.
GROOVIE MOVIE (1944)
This Pete Smith Specialty shows you how to do it! The music is Jimmy Dorsey playing One O'Clock Jump. The dancers are: Charles "Chuck/Gossomer" Saggau, Arthur Walsh, Lenny Smith, Kay Smith, Jean Veloz, and Irene Thomas.
DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK (1956)
This clip features a slew of Los Angeles swing dancers, including: Gil & Nikki Brady, Freda Angela Wyckoff, Lenny Smith, and Joe Lanza.
DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK (1961)
These two Savoy Ballroom dancers, Al Minns & Leon James, kept it all alive on television in the 1960s.