Spuds turned me on to this super cool website started by lindy hopper Ben Yau from Pasadena called : IAmLindyHop.com. The purpose of the site is to "gather and share stories of Lindy Hop" from the dancers, musicians, instructors and DJs that keep this artform alive every day. As Ben writes, "each person has a story to share and this site's purpose is to
record them down as part of our new Lindy Hop history and share them
with the world."
This is a neat Web2.0 way of getting a community to share their histories of how they came together. I find the matrix of faces a bit off-putting for non-geeky folks, but I love the intent of the site. Here's my own unfinished profile for example.
Check it out for yourself!
More about IAmLindyHop.com from Ben:
The first is about stories, a sort of registry for you, our modern day
Lindy Hopper, to share your own story whether that is a discovery of
Lindy, how it has impacted your life, or whatever else you want share
with the world. Adding to that, I want this site to be a place where
people, dancers and non-dancers, can come and read other people's
stories of Lindy Hop. Because nothing can be more inspiring than seeing
someone similar to you go out and DO things and write about them,
helping you realize you can go and DO these things too!
The second is about faces. Frankie always talked about how
Lindy Hop transcended racial boundaries in the 1930's. It didn't matter
if you were Black, White, young, or old. It just mattered that you
loved to dance. Taking that to today's community, Lindy Hop is truly a
"World" community. So I wanted to put up a place where Lindy Hoppers
can add their own photo, creating a collage of faces showing Lindy
Hoppers come from all walks of life all around the world.