LaTasha Barnes was dancing the Lindy Hop before she even knew it. In a 2021 interview with the New York Times, Barnes, who has come to international acclaim for her excellent performances in jazz and hiphop styles, said that the first time she tried Lindy partnering, her body already knew what to do. “I've felt this before,” she said, and, after consulting her grandmother, learned that she had actually been doing those moves since childhood.
“The Jazz Continuum” at Jacob's Pillow. Photograph by Jamie Kraus