Defying gravity in 1953 Lindy contest at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, from the AP exhibit.

Defying gravity in 1953 Lindy contest at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, from the AP exhibit.

The Savoy Ballroom attracted Harlem's best dancers.

The Savoy Ballroom attracted Harlem's best dancers.

Swing!

Swing!

Dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

Dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

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Sur la fenêtre avant

Cab Calloway Dancin

Cab Calloway Dancin

Back in the day when "going dancing" meant actually dancing... and talent.

Back in the day when "going dancing" meant actually dancing... and talent.

Leon James & Willa Mae Ricker demonstrating a step of The Lindy Hop. (Photo by Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)  Jan 1, 1943

Leon James & Willa Mae Ricker demonstrating a step of The Lindy Hop. (Photo by Gjon Mili//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) Jan 1, 1943

Whitey's Hopping Maniacs performing with "Le Cotton Club de New York" at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, summer 1937. (left to right) Naomi Waller and Frankie Manning, Lucille Middleton and Jerome Williams, Mildred Cruse and Billy Williams

Whitey's Hopping Maniacs performing with "Le Cotton Club de New York" at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, summer 1937. (left to right) Naomi Waller and Frankie Manning, Lucille Middleton and Jerome Williams, Mildred Cruse and Billy Williams

Vintage Circus Performers

Vintage Circus Performers

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