Google celebrates swing dancing and the Savoy Ballroom with Doodle

In 1926 the legendary Savoy Ballroom opened in Harlem, New York. Until 1958, thousands swung the dance floor there - preferably to the Lindy Hop that was made there.

Google Doodle Savoy Ballroom Swing Dance

Google: New Doodle for the Savoy Ballroom - and Swing Dance

There's music in the current Doodle: Google celebrates the legendary Savoy Ballroom - and treats you to an entertaining game.

The Savoy Ballroom was a legendary dance club in the New York borough of Harlem during the swing era. It opened in 1926 and remained on the music scene in the city that never sleeps until 1958. Google pays tribute to the club and the swing dance with a doodle.

On May 26, 2002, exactly 19 years ago, Frankie Manning and Norma Miller, two members of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, a professional group of exceptional swing dancers, unveiled a plaque. It still stands between 140th and 141st Streets on Lenox Avenue in New York City, where the entrance to the Savoy Ballroom was once located. The ballroom has thus been recognized as the home of cultural innovation to this day. Because the international impact of the dance club can still be felt today.

He made history when he opened his doors with his policy of non-discrimination in 1926. Whilst owned by whites, the Savoy Ballroom was still home to the predominantly black population of Harlem. The dance club became a place for creativity and culture and an epicenter for swing dance and music.

Savoy Ballroom: Formative for jazz music

The dance club opened on March 12, 1926, on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York. Along with the Cotton Club (New York City), it was one of the most famous dance halls of the swing era. The Savoy Ballroom is considered to be the first dance hall in which blacks and whites met to swear without racial conflicts. The most famous jazz and swing artists of the time played there - including the jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (born April 25, 1917, in Newport News, US state Virginia; † June 15, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California). The Savoy Ballroom not only shaped the development of swing and jazz music but new dance styles were also invented there: among other things, the swing dance Lindy Hop - a forerunner of jive and boogie-woogie - has its origins in the Savoy Ballroom.

Guests reached the ballroom of the Savoy on the second floor via two marble flights of stairs. The mahogany and maple dance floor stretched over 10,000 square meters. World-famous jazz musicians, including Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald, performed in the Savoy and played their live music. Thousands of dancers were guests every evening - sometimes more than 700,000 within a year.

Lindy Hop was most popular in the Savoy Ballroom

The swing dance styles continued to evolve in the Savoy Ballroom: from the Charleston to the Big Apple to the Mambo. The most popular dance was the Lindy Hop, which originated in the Savoy Ballroom.