Tag Archives: The Lindy Hop

Reasons for Celebrating George ‘Shorty’ Snowden’s Birthday on July 4

Written and copyright by Harri Heinila On that date in 2012, I wrote an article about George Snowden and Mattie Purnell, the creators of the Lindy Hop, where I stated: “When the United States prepares to celebrate its independence day…some … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Former Lincoln Theatre Building in Harlem

Written and copyright by Harri Heinila It was recently reported that the former Lincoln Theatre building at 58 West 135th Street, which has been the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church for the last decades, will be demolished for a new … Continue reading

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A Great Weekend in Harlem

Written (copyright) by Harri Heinila Between May 9th and May 12th 2013, there was organized one of the most important events for years in New York. The event, which was based on the collaboration of The Harlem Swing Dance Society, … Continue reading

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Google Historians

Written (copyright) by Harri Heinila As I have worked with my PhD dissertation, which combines dance, politics and culture in the context of Authentic Jazz Dance and Harlem, I have gone through many different opinions about dance and its surrounding … Continue reading

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Swing and Harlem

Written (copyright) by Harri Heinila As I was recently in New York, I talked about the birth of swing music with two Harlem-connected people. To my astonishment, these people denied the fact that swing music was born in Harlem! That was … Continue reading

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The Creators of The Lindy Hop: George ’Shorty’ Snowden and Mattie Purnell

Written (copyright) by Harri Heinila When the United States prepares to celebrate its independence day on July 4th, some of its most important cultural characters in the field of dance stay mostly unknown and uncelebrated. George Snowden, who was born … Continue reading

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