What’s Your Swing Dance I.Q.?

 Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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1940s taking a jitterbug quiz

What’s your Swing Dance I.Q. ?

Test your history and Lindy Hop Knowledge here. Are you Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner or Total Newbie?

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Which Dance Group was Frankie Manning NOT in?

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers
Rhythm Hot Shots
Hot Chocolates

The Ballroom Most Associated with Lindy Hop is?

The Hollywood Palladium
The Savoy Ballroom
Arthur Murray Studio
Roseland Ballroom

The first official air-steps were created by?

Norma Miller
Dean Collins
Frankie Manning
Vernon Castle

The Shadow Charleston is sometimes called?

Back Charleston
Neighbor Charleston
Tandem Charleston
Hopper Charleston

Which move is considered the Signature and often times Basic Lindy?

Flying Lindy

Which movie does NOT have Dean Collins in it?

The Power’s Girl
Buck Privates
Swing Time

Which one of these songbirds did NOT sing with Glenn Miller?

Marion Hutton
Anita ‘O Day
Doris Day
Andrew Sisters

Lindy Hop is MOST closely related to:

DC Hand-Dancing

Neo-Swing refers to?

Classical music updated in the 1940s to Lindy Hop to
A Fusion music of the 1950s Be Bop and Jazz to Lindy hop to
A 1980s resurgent music which combined Big Band, Jump Blues and Rock n Roll
Electronic Hot Jazz produced in early 2000 that you can swing dance to

Who is considered the Queen of Swing?

Ella Fitzgerald
Norma Miller
Jewel McGowan
Judy Garland

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10-30 Points:   You’re a NEWBIE. You might have just taken your first swing dance class or saw your first jitterbugs at a bar and now you want to learn! GREAT! Take some lessons and learn the history!

31-55 points:   You’re a BEGINNER. Way to Go! You’ve taken the plunge, taken a few lessons and heard some Lindy lore. Now, take some more lessons and practice, practice, practice!

56-80 points:   Whew! You didn’t give up and made it to be an INTERMEDIATE dancer. You might have even entered some contests and won a few! You also know something about the culture, but don’t get too big an ego, keep learning and be kind to the newbies!

81-100 points:   You’re and ADVANCED Dancer. Cream of the crop, you’ve been doing it for years, you probably teach or have stepped in to assist teaching. You’ve got the skills and the knowledge. Go out there and share your LINDY LOVE!


Did you have fun with the lindy hop quiz? I had fun making it and testing your knowledge of history, dance legends and teachers. Do you disagree with any of the answers or your “Dance level?”

Was it too hard? Too easy? What would you have asked?

Tam Francis, authorTam Francis is writer, blogger, swing dance teacher, avid vintage collector, and seamstress. She  shares her love of this genre through her novels, blog, and short stories. She enjoys hearing from you, sharing ideas, forging friendships, and exchanging guest blogs. For all the Girl in the Jitterbug Dress news, give-aways, events, and excitement, make sure to join her list and like her FB page! Join my list ~ Facebook page


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  14 Responses to “What’s Your Swing Dance I.Q.?”

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  1. Hi Tam – Well I took this test with little to no knowledge. I guessed at all my answers. My score was a 71! Guess I’ve learned a little by hearing you talk about it because my shoes have not stepped foot on a swing dance floor! :-) Cute quiz. Do another one!

  2. Surprised myself with 89/100
    Not too shabby for an Irishman..
    Thanks for putting the quiz together, and I must say I like your tone throughout your articles. Warm and personal, looking forward to reading more.

    • Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! WTG on the quiz! I’ve got my fictional gal going to Ireland in the second book (which I’m just finishing: The Girl in the Jitterbug Hops the Atlantic).I hope I can come dance over there in real life some day!


      • That’s interesting- where in Ireland does your heroine visit? And where would you visit if you were to hop the pond? Now that I think of it, there are a number of really good writing and storytelling festivals.
        http://writersweek.ie/ (this one happens a week before a Lindy Hop and Blues weekend in the same region). Two Birds, One Stone.

        • She goes to Cork and Blarney and then to Dublin to the famous Mercantile Hotel. The pictures of the joint looked gorgeous and worked for the context of the story. I would so love to visit one day. We’re looking into doing a home-exchange for vacation, maybe next year. We live in a pretty desirable location in Texas, so who knows, maybe someone would want to trade with us. There’s loads of websites about it. :)

          Thanks for stopping by. Sorry it took so long to reply, I had to find in the novel where I had written about her going to Ireland ;)


        • Well, that’s a funny coincidence.
          I grew up in Blarney, and have lived in Cork city for the last 10 years. I also lived in Dublin for 5 years, I know the Mercantile well.
          I’ll have to get my hands on a copy of your novel now!

          As for coming to visit, let me know if your plans work out. I’d be more than happy to show you some of the sights,


          • Hee hee. How cool! The Ireland chapters are in the sequel and I haven’t sold the first yet, but I’m hopeful. In final stages of Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright, and then will get back to querying agents for Jitterbug Dress. I’ll keep you posted and if we get over there, I’ll take you up on your offer :) Thanks!

  3. I love quizzes and trivia so this was fun! I don’t know much about the history of swing dance (I’d like to though) so most of my answers were guesses, but I did manage to score 64/100. I look forward to following your blog and getting that score up. :)

    • Great job! I see you like old movies. Check out some of my movie blogs and let me know if you’d like to do a 40s movie review, especially one with great music and or dancing :) I’m open to guest bloggers that can hang with the vintage! Thanks for stopping by!


      • Hi Tam. I love your site and look forward to the release of your book. I’d love to do a 40s movie review for your blog, and would be more than happy to have you as a guest on my site as well, if you’re interested. It wouldn’t even have to be a movie review. I’m sure many of my readers are interested in all things vintage. Feel free to contact me with your guest post requirements or any questions, http://oldmoviesnostalgia.com/about/contact/. Thanks!

  4. It was fun to do it! I got 82/100. I’m really surprised. :)

    • I tried to make a couple tricky ones and some of them you get points for being close! WTG! I just thought it would be a fun summer thing to do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Feel free to browse around.


  5. This was so much fun! I got 91/100. Thank you for making this!

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