Judy Pritchett of Swingdanceshop.com sends out news that the classic vernacular dance documentary "The Spirit Moves" has finally been released on DVD! For lindy hoppers, "The Spirit Moves" is a treasure trove of footage of the original innovators of lindy hop, filming in the 1950s.
For years, this documentary could only be viewed in select film archives and museums during private viewings or rare public showings. Finally it has been digitally remastered and made available to the public on DVD.
Check out all the cool footage on the DVD:
Part 1: Jazz Dance from the Turn of The
Century to 1950. Contains the best demonstrations of Lindy Hop and jazz steps by
artists at the Savoy including James Berry, Pepsi Bethel, Teddy Brown,
Sandra Gibson, Leon James, Al Minns, Frankie Manning and Willamae
Ricker. Dances include the Cakewalk and Charleston Black Bottom, Susie
Q, Shake Blues, Gutbucket Blues, Trunky Doo, Big Apple and aerial Lindy
- Part 2: Savoy Ballroom of Harlem, 1950's. Filmed
at the Savoy Ballroom in the 1950's, Part 2 features footage of dancing
by the general public. Part 2 includes Bebop, Lindy, Shim Sham, Charleston, and an
aerial Lindy contest for the Harvest Moon Ball Championships.
- Part 3: Postwar Era. Part 3 features
dances from the ‘Bebop Era’ features the Flying Home Harlem Style,
Bebop improvisations, the Mambo and an Applejack Challenge, danced by
Teddy Brown, Sugar Sullivan, Jack Asquiew, Leroy Appens, Tandaleo and
Jackie, plus others.
Head to Swingdanceshop.com to order this DVD set.