365 Things to Do in Memphis #9: Learn to Dance with Red Hot Lindy Hop
Find your dancing shoes: assignment #8 (of 365) is to learn to dance with Red Hot Lindy Hop.
Some of us are lucky enough to be born with sweet moves. Most of us, though, need some guidance. Memphis’ swing dance society, Red Hot Lindy Hop, is all too happy to help those of us in the latter category.
First, check out their progressive lessons in basic swing, lindy hop, charleston and Balboa on Wednesday nights. Then, go to the Rhumba Room on Friday night for their weekly dances, where dancers of all levels show off their skills from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Friday dances are great – the people are friendly, the music is a mix of old school swing and newer songs (either from a DJ or occasionally, a live band), and there’s a free quickie basic lesson before the dance starts. Plus, if you need something to calm your nerves, there’s a bar.
The whole vibe is charmingly old school. Guys ask girls to dance (and vice versa), and there’s an overwhelming sense of politeness. You introduce yourself to your partner, make conversation and thank them at the end of the dance.
If you’re still feeling intimidated, check out this quick basic east coast swing lesson from RHLH teachers Mike and Michelle before you head out:
$5, all ages
Lesson at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30