Hand dancing, also known as D.C. Hand Dancing or D.C. Swing, is a form of swing dance that can be traced as far back as the 1920s, from Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug, to the 1950s when dancers in the D.C. area developed their own variety.
The dance is characterized by smooth footwork and movements, and close-in and intricate hand-turns, all danced to a 6 to 8 count dance rhythm, hence its name. Hand Dancing faded a bit during the disco era, but in the 1980s, Hand Dance resurfaced in the D.C. dance community.
In 1993, the Smithsonian Institution recognized Hand Dance as an American Art Form, and the Smithsonian exhibit led to the establishment of the National Hand Dance Association.
Hand Dance is the Official Dance of the District of Columbia by resolution of the D.C. Council.
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