NATHAN BUGH is known worldwide for his intimately rhythmic style of Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz. He "rocked the stage" at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra; he performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater in Swingin' Frankie's Way; and he danced in the CT&Co's More Forever, at Jacob's Pillow. His on-film appearances include: "My Fair Wedding" S.3 E.3 Great Gatsby Bride, Fox and Friends Christmas, Rebel In The Rye, and The Weepies - Be My Honey Pie. As a national jazz-dance competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014), as well as achieving 3rd place in the ILHC invitational (2018). He was also the director and choreographer of “Yeah Man,” the 2015 ILHC Team champions. Nathan is based in New York City, where he performs regularly and teaches social-dance classes.
LINDY HOP is the most significant, swing-jazz, partnered dance. It was originated by the African-American community of the Savoy Ballroom, in Harlem, New York, circa 1928. Many other dances, swing and non-swing, are descendants of the Lindy Hop, including Shag, Push, Whip, West Coast, East Coast, Steppin, Hand Dancing, Boogie, Rock n Roll, and some varieties of Two Step. These dances all inherited Lindy's 6-beat, weight-change pattern, constructed from "triple steps" and "rock steps" or "Slow/Quick" steps. While Lindy might not have been the first dance to contain the 6-beat cadence (e.g. Collegiate, Flea Hop), it is the first to add triple-steps and moderate tempos. Regardless, Lindy is more popular and influential today than any other swing-era dance.