Four part Swing Era lecture at The Juilliard School!

Swing! Swing! Swing! From the 1930s through the early 1940s, America was swept off its feet by a transformational period known as the Swing Era. On one hand, the nation’s collective conscience was coming to grips with the harsh reality of the Great Depression. On the other, the masses were introduced to the red-hot sounds being broadcasted from opulent ballrooms that featured the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. At the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, African American dancers developed a new couples’ dance alongside this new music. The Lindy Hop (named in 1928 in honor of Charles Lindberg’s solo flight across the Atlantic) was also known as the Jitterbug

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