Dancing Enhances Music
When we dance to recorded music, the relationship is fairly straightforward. The music happens and the dancers respond. This is how many people nowadays experience dance, particularly lindy hop.
But this is not the history of how lindy hop was born. Music was played live. Dancers and musicians inspired one another.
I have taught dance to a number of musicians over the years, including Seattle’s Greg Ruby. Greg has told me that learning even a little bit of lindy hop has helped him better understand how to play for dancers.
So, if you’re a dancer, dance to live music whenever you can. If you’re a musician, learn to dance!