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Looking for a great list of music to practice to?

You can follow our Spotify Swing list here:

https://open.spotify.com/user/vintagedancing/playlist/0EDQhJnZGvwKxuXMGss62f

Or check out some good recommendations of musicians below:

- Billie Holiday

- Slim & Slam

- Lucky Millinder

- Jack Teagarden

- Bunny Berigan

- Woody Herman

- Calvin Boze

- Tommy Dorsey

- Roy Eldridge

- Fats Waller

- Benny Goodman

- Edmond Hall

- Nat Gonella

- Artie Shaw

- Doctor Sausage

- Cab Calloway

- Joe Liggins

- Count Basie

- Ella Fitzgerald

And here are a few YouTube videos of some original "Soundies" (the first ever music videos) to get you excited about the era; the music, the style and the dancing.. Enjoy! :-)

Dorthy Dandridge, "Zoot Suit" (1942): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQKTeBcYIzw

Cab Calloway, "Minnie the Moocher" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mq4UT4VnbE

Nicholas Brothers, "Lucky Numbers" (1936):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IBteauWsHA

Fats Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7zm8v9reDo

AND....... here are some clips with dance scenes that will blow your top!

 

This is one of the best short films ever made featuring the ins and outs, the dos and dont's of Swing Dancing and Lindy Hop;

"Groovy Movie" (1944): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ENjos_PpE

"A Day at the Races" (1937):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwKFALb6Vw8

From the movie "Till The End of Time" (1946):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoNw068t8n4

From the movie "Hellzapoppin'" featuring Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (1941): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahoJReiCaPk