On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, The five-day festival and competition, “International Lindy Hop Championships”, honors “swing-era” jazz music and dance, Black history, and African American culture while fostering generational community.

The International Lindy Hop Championships

We loved seeing Remy Kouakou Kouame and Joshua Mclean perform during ILHC 2022. We can't wait for this year's energy and inspiration!
We loved seeing Remy Kouakou Kouame and Joshua Mclean perform during ILHC 2022. We can’t wait for this year’s energy and inspiration!

An estimated 1,000 people who enjoy swing dancing and jazz music will congregate in the historic Harlem neighborhood of New York City over Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 25-29) to “Celebrate Lindy Hop where it all began!” with the International Lindy Hop Championships World Finals in 2023.

Where and When

The historic Alhambra Ballroom, located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., serves as its central hub. This five-day festival will include educational talks, walking and bicycle tours of Harlem, a visit to “Jazz Corner” of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, social dancing every night to live jazz bands, a variety of dance classes, 23 contests for dancers of all levels, from amateur to invitational, and more! A special celebration of World Lindy Hop Day (May 26) is also part of the party. On Sunday, there will be a free public cultural collaboration, and on Monday, there will be a free public park picnic with a dance lesson and jazz buskers.

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Community building and intergenerational relationships are part of what makes ILHC special. This event celebrates jazz and swing as African American art forms, and uplifts its pioneers and tradition-bearers. Who will gather for this year's portrait?!
Community building and intergenerational relationships are part of what makes ILHC special. This event celebrates jazz and swing as African American art forms, and uplifts its pioneers and tradition-bearers. Who will gather for this year’s portrait?!

Tickets for physical and online access are on sale already! Guests can attend each day or the entire weekend. For additional information and to apply for tickets, visit ILHC.com. Virtual Viewing Passes are available for either the entire weekend or just one day for those who are unable to travel to New York City but still wish to watch classes and competitions on demand. From May 25 to June 30, 2023, Virtual Viewing Pass holders will have access to exclusive online recordings of dance classes, band performances, and competitions. WatchILHC.com provides comprehensive information.

A History of the ILHC

The International Lindy Hop Championships celebrate Lindy Hop’s 100-year history: an original, authentic art form from the 1920s and 1930s that originated in the African American community of Harlem, New York. Both its past and present innovations are celebrated. Numerous legends from the first era were guides and dear companions to individuals from the ILHC’s global team, and this occasion is emphatically inspired by their desires for this popular art form’s future.

CEO Tena Morales-Armstrong

Eyal Vilner's band is just one of several world-class jazz groups that will be playing for dancers during ILHC 2023. We will also welcome bandleaders Danny Jonokuchi, Gordon Au, and dozens of musicians swinging their hearts out all weekend!
Eyal Vilner’s band is just one of several world-class jazz groups that will be playing for dancers during ILHC 2023. We will also welcome bandleaders Danny Jonokuchi, Gordon Au, and dozens of musicians swinging their hearts out all weekend!

Tena Morales-Armstrong, the event president and CEO mentioned that the ILHC team has made a promise to its elders, to assist with continuing the spirit of Lindy Hop, and through ILHC, the team desire to do precisely that. By hosting an international competition event that is organized, performed, and judged at the highest levels possible and open to all who wish to participate, the team aims to respect and honor the spirit of Lindy Hop.

Witness “The Spirit of Lindy Hop”

This is a chance for all participants and spectators to watch and learn from truly world-class competitions that promote the “spirit of Lindy Hop”; to improve as a dancer by performing in front of a group of peers from all over the world; to acquire new abilities by taking classes with top dancers from various generations; and to establish a sense of community among fans from all over the world who share your interests. On YouTube, you can watch exciting and motivating videos from previous events: Giving back to the global community while providing a platform for inspiration, education, celebration, and culture-building is central to the organization’s mission.

Check out inspiring and exciting videos from past events on YouTube at such as:

The ILHC Code of Conduct

ILHC likewise is committed to delivering a “safe space” occasion for all, whatever its participants’ age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, gender, gender identity, gender expression, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or lack thereof. The ILHC Code of Conduct contains additional information regarding the event’s safety procedures.

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On-site event details including ticketing, pricing and registration for competitions: ILHC Registration.
Virtual and on-demand access: Watch ILHC.