Hand Dance is an improvisational form of swing style partner dancing developed in the Washington, DC area in the early 1950s by African Americans as a form of recreation and entertainment.  The dance evolved from the early Lindy Hop and Jitterbug dance styles of the 1930s and 1940s created by George “Shorty” Snowden.  Hand Dance is rooted in the floor version of swing as opposed to the acrobatics and aerials of the Lindy and Jitterbug.  Individual style and interpretation is key in defining and understanding this dance style. It is characterized by gliding footwork and continuous hand connection between the partners, hence its name.

 

Hand Dance Classes are held every Saturday, except Holidays

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fee: $12 per person, per class

Walk-ins Welcome

Instructor - Figgy Jones