About The Swung Furies
The Swung Furies are dedicated to taking inspiration from Whitey’s Lindy Hop performance style and putting their own spin on it as part of honoring the innovation of those original masters.
Though Bobby White is its “director,” the group is truly a product of collaboration from the incredible minds and dancing of (in alphabetical order) Latasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Jessica Miltenberger, and Rafal Pustelny.
And yes, we know the name sounds like a Victorian New York street gang that doubles as a baseball team. That’s one of the reasons we like it.
About Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers
In the 1930s, the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem was known for fostering the greatest Lindy Hoppers in the world, especially among its youth, who challenged each other and spent many of their free hours practicing at the ballroom.
One of the Savoy’s floor managers, Herbert “Whitey” White, created performance groups with these youth — coaching them, managing them, and giving them the name Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. The group became a powerhouse for performance Lindy Hop, traveling around the world and creating the greatest swing dance group performances on film to date, such as A Day At The Races and Hellzapoppin’. (Please note that the context and costumes in both these pieces are based on 1930s racial stereotypes of Black-Americans, and were not the preferred performance context and costumes of the Whitey’s.)
The group was specifically known for its “jam style” choreographies that highlighted each partnership (with a little help from the background dancers), before culminating in a coordinated group ending number. It’s a performance style that beautifully shows off the unique voices of each dancing couple, the communal experience of the jam circle, and the combination of individuality and teamwork at the heart of jazz.