Monday, 14 February 2011

Chris Port Blog #96. Swing Kids Please! (Anyone who doesn't swing is a fascist)

Ok. I’m convinced. Marty Gull needs swing and jitterbug. I need some jitterbug dancers please!

Check this out...

'In the late 1930s there was a new movement on the rise among the teenagers of Hamburg, Germany. Its followers refused to join the Nazi youth organization, the Hitler Jugend - known as the H.J. They wore their hair long and were obsessed by American movies, British fashion, and Swing music. They called themselves Swing Kids.'

Swing Heil! No more Nuremberg Musicals please...

Swing looks fun... and dangerous. Take a look at Hellzapoppin'. Incredible... (fast forward to 2:40 - it kicks off, big time!)

(Choreographed by Frankie Manning, the 'Ambassador of Swing') 

Funny jitterbug instructional video

Jitterbug For The Total Beginner 

Fascinating article from Atomic Ballroom on the original Hamburg hepcats - the rebellious teenagers of Nazi Germany. And yes, they really did take the piss and say "Swing Heil" ;) 
Janis Siegel's rendition of Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, as seen in Swing Kids. This is the full, uninterrupted version. Not just a clip from the movie.​=cWvuB1vSsAc
Photo Album for Swing Kids "Swing Heil!"​/set/?set=a.195100173880099.51​276.100001403528442
Interesting note. A friend's dad's cousin was in the Hitler Youth. What a jugend. Oh well. Easily done. Crowds get boners, and their arms just go 'schwing'. Swing is better...

Swing Heil!

1 comment:

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