Whirling dervishes have always fascinated me. These mystics spin in circles as a way to alter their consciousness. Years ago, I came across an article about them that had some really interesting facts. They spin in circles with their eyes closed, entering a trance. They spin at a rate of 20 to 30 circles each minute, a rate which coincides with frequency of theta brainwaves, the ones that are responsible for daydreaming. Since then, I can’t help wondering if Lindy Hop isn’t somehow connecting to the same sort of meditation.
For instance, a lot of music for lindy hop hovers around 200 beats per minute. Divide 200 beats into 8 count groups, and you get 25. If you did swingouts for a minute straight, that would be 25 revolutions with your partner, well within the spin rate of 20-30 that the dervishes do. Of course, I realize that this is all speculative on my part. I don’t know of anyone who is researching the effects of lindyhop on brain wave activity. Somebody should get on that.
Until they do, I’m just left with my speculation and anecdotal evidence. Personally, I have had some really amazing experiences while dancing. Usually, these moments where the heavens open up to bless me in my dancing happen at Sunday afternoon dances at exchanges. I also find that dancing can alter my mood, usually for the better. Anyone else out there have anecdotal evidence of the spiritual, meditative, brain altering effects of lindy hop?