We’re an ALL-STAR collective of professional dancers that specialize in the Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Charleston along with the Early Social Jazz Dances that inspired all the dances that were born in America during the period of the 1920s – 1950s.
Our DANCE TEAMS are made up of some the most talented dancers in the nation.
The SHOP featured on this site is the brain child of social dancer and American Swing Dance champion (1998) Paolo Pasta Lanna. The accessories in our SHOP were selected out of our desire to offer functional souvenirs that would be enjoyed by our fans. Our Sneaker Bags were first manufactured in 2015 and they feature our team LOGO. We hope you enjoy these neat accessories as they will certainly become collectors Items.
The Lindy Hop All-Stars (LHAS) – The Lindy Hop All Stars are a high energy, high flying dance collective who specialize in the early American dance crazes such as the Charleston, The Lindy Hop, The Jitterbug, The Big Apple, and the Collegiate Shag. Their routines, which are inspired by the masters of the swing era, are marvelously nostalgic and feature high flying aerials and dynamic partnering. Their high energy shows can range from one short number to a complete one hour production.
The Lindy Hop All Stars enliven corporate events, weddings, birthday parties and they also offer school programs that are educational, historical and engaging with both young and old. And everyone leaves feeling their youth again.
The Rhythm Stompers – Our newest collective, The Rhythm Stompers bring the hottest and freshest talents to light with this avant-garde collective of swing specialists. These dancers feature the hottest trends in Swing, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Boogie-Woogie and The Lindy Hop. And because this troupe represents so many wonderful styles, we have routines that are ready for prime time from the Early American born social dances all the way thru to the the Present Day Trends and Styles.
The Rhythm Stompers have been featured at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, Hudson River Park’s Moondance, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, The Paramount, John Jay College, Swing Remix, Salute To Seniors at The Westchester County Center, and a multitude of special events. BB Kings featured this team for a multitude of functions featuring American born music styles. And our members have performed around the world from The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, to The Hep Cat Holiday, England.
The Jumpin Jacks are a new student performance group led by award winning Lindy Hopper Paolo Pasta Lanna with contributing choreography provided by stars of the Lindy Hop world including Carol Callahan Fraser. The Jumpin Jacks Performed their premier routine on Friday DEC 7th, 2017 at Swing 46. The showcase was filmed during the first band break on the night when the JIVE ACES from ENGLAND appeared. The Jumpin Jacks train at You Should Be Dancing studios in NYC. The group is open to social dancers with experience in Swing Dance.
See premier showcase – https://youtu.be/OtMBh8e5us4
Birth of LHAS
This collective began back in 1999 with an ambitious vision to unite a dazzling crew of talented local dancers which included notables Janice Wilson, Roddy Caravella, Angie Whitworth, Beverly Moore and the Late Great Tyrone Cooper (of Mamma Lou Parks). Their first performance premiered with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Roseland Ballroom. Later editions of this collective have since performed from Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center, and abroad in locations as far as Amman, Jordan and Tokyo, Japan. Now reincarnated with an expanded cast of New York talent, they’re making a splash with fresh new numbers. Our choreography over the recent years has been provided by Evita Arce & Michael Jagger, Roddy Caravella, Adrienne Weidert, and Paolo Pasta Lanna with contributions from many in our wonderful cast of dancers.
One of our original shows, “A Century of Swing“ is a presentation of social dances beginning with the 1920’s Charleston and continuing through to the 1960’s Line Dances. Our dynamite bang em up finale features high flying air steps and the best in The Lindy Hop. Some of our past shows include “At The Hop” focusing on the 1950s jitterbug as well as “The Roaring 20s” featuring a sultry, provocative show girls number and a fabulous charleston/collegiate shag group routine. We can also cater our show to your specific needs. We have performed all throughout the East Coast at venues ranging from The USS INTREPID to the prestigious Lincoln Center and we hope to add you to our list. See our calendar for upcoming shows in your area.
BB Kings Blues Club, NYC
New Rochelle Council on the Arts, NY
Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment, CT
Musikfest Bethesda, PA
The Kennedy Center, WASH DC
New Jersey State Open ballroom competition, NJ
Fort Wadsworth, Sandy Hook, NJ
Feast of San Gennaro, Belmar NJ
Gotham Girls Roller Derby, NY
Hep Cat Holiday, England
The London Swing Dance Society, England
Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center NYC
The Hudson River Parks Moondance NYC
Lincoln Center Young Adults Program, NY
Rock That Swing, Munich, Germany
School of Visual Arts, NYC
St. Johns University, NYC
New York University, NYC
Columbia University Swing Club, NY
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY
The USS Intrepid, NYC
Westchester County Center, NY
The Lindy Hop All-Stars mission is to build and maintain a World Class Lindy Hop and Swing performance troupe that represents, embraces and carries the torch of these original American dances to future generations. With our demonstrations of the Lindy Hop and the dances that grew from it, we strive to build an appreciation for theses historic, true American art forms. These stylish and improvisational social dances thrived in a society that permitted freedoms of expression. Today, they continue to provide avenues for creativity and innovation as they further evolve with each new generation of dancers that discover them. Our efforts to inspire, educate and also encourage the public to give them a whirl, also helps flourish a community that is physically active, socially sound, joyous and welcoming to one other.
Today, with our strong established core of professional instructors and performers, the LHAS continue with efforts at community outreach, participating in local fairs, festivals, celebrations, and educating in schools and unique charity organizations. And in the spirit of New York’s long history of Lindy Hop, the LHAS continue to push the boundaries of their performance pieces with professional shows that electrify and delight audiences from coast to coast.
Coordinated by Paolo Pasta Lanna who is also the founder, the LHAS bring together top talent, comprised of award winning dancers, acclaimed instructors and professional performers with each couple bringing a unique personality and style to this collective.
History of the Lindy Hop
The Lindy Hop (or Lindy) is a partner dance that originated in 1920s and 1930s. Often described as the grandfather of all swing dance, The Lindy Hop evolved at the Savoy Ballroom and in the streets of Harlem. It is considered one of the true American Art forms and has been experiencing a resurgence of interest around the world.