The 1996 movie “Swingers” breathed new life into swing dancing and the Lindy Hop, a combination of jazz, tap, breakaway and the Charleston that was popular in America in the early 1930s.
Dancing styles have come and gone since, but Jean Veloz is still keeping the Lindy alive – at 93 years old.
Jean was born in the 1920s and took to swing dancing in her teens. In 1943, the year after her family moved to Los Angeles, she entered a dance contest and won a SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) card and a cameo appearance in the movie “Swing Fever,” released later that year.
That appearance was followed by many others, including scenes in such movies as “Groovie Movie,” “Swingin’ On a Tea Garden Gate” and “The Horn Blows at Midnight.”
But her dancing days seemingly came to an end in 1981, when her husband and dance partner, Frank, passed away from cancer. Then in 1992, a Las Vegas swing dancer who was working on a documentary about swing dancing talked her back onto the dance floor – and she’s been dancing ever since, even winning a place in the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 1996.
Watch the clip below, in which Jean (90 years old at the time) takes center stage with Arizona Lindy Hop Society dance instructor Steve Conrad. Share to spread the amazement!