Lindy hop is a type of swing dance that evolved in the late
1920s and 1930s. It was an organic fusion of many dances that
preceded it or were popular during its development but was
predominantly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and charleston.
Lindy hop co-evolved with jazz music and is a member of the swing
dance family. It is frequently described as a jazz or street dance.
In its development, lindy hop combined elements of both solo
and partner dancing by using the movements and improvisation of
African dances along with the formal eight-count structure of
European partner dances. This is most clearly illustrated in
lindy's basic step, the swingout. In this step's open position
each dancer improvises alone; in its closed position men and women
dance together — a practice usually forbidden in African dances.