in the swing
An addictive form of swing has established itself in Hong Kong. Lindy hop, commonly described as a jazz or street dance, originated in 1920s New York and has popular appeal all over the world. Beijing has embraced swing, as has Shanghai, where it it is not uncommon to see people dancing along The Bund at sunset.
HK Swings is the brainchild of Karen Tong Ka-yee, a lawyer by day and swing dancer by night. Her twice-monthly meet-ups attract a whole host of people, from students to stockbrokers, beginners to professionals. International swing enthusiasts often stop by too. Swedish Lindy hop champions Daniel Wahrenberg and Nessie Nylund (right) recently paid a visit to teach a workshop. Live music is provided by the Victoria Jazz Band and the Big Band at the Fringe.
HK Swings takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at Grappa's Cellar, Jardine House, and the last Saturday of the month at the Fringe Club. See www.hkswings.blogspot.com.