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GENT • Time to learn the Big Apple! You can join Leni for the entire routine, the part after the London Bridge or the recap class, it's your choice :-)

Saturday 02/06 13:00 - 17:30: learn the second part of the Big Apple (after London Bridge)
Sunday 03/06 13:00 - 15:00: learn the first half of the Big Apple
Sunday 03/06 15:30 - 17:30: recap time!


The exact origin of the Big Apple is unclear, but one author suggests that the dance originated from the ‘ring shout’, a group dance associoated with religious observance that was founded before 1860 by African Americans on plantations in South Caroline and Georgia. The ring shout is described as a dance with ‘counterclockwise circling and high arm gestures’ that resembled the Big Apple.

The dance that became know as the Big Apple is speculated to have been created in the early 19330s by African American youth dancing at the House of Prayer Synagogue on Gates Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The synagogue was converted into a black juke joint called the ‘Big Apple Night Club’.

Frankie Manning is credited with inventing the steps of the famous Big Apple Contest for the movie ‘Keep Punching’. With the release of the movie in 1937, the steps performed by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers where preserved for all of us to see.

Today, the Big apple is danced all over the world on social dances.

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