In 1927, Lindberg crossed the Atlantic and the world began dancing the Lindy. Energetic devotees swing on—and Rachel Green makes a career of the obsession. Green and I are chatting over lunch at the Route 66 Malt Shop, one door down from her dance space. I’m sipping a chocolate egg cream while Green enjoys a toasty crab cake sandwich.
Green began swing dancing as a student at UNM in 2004 and later joined its Jitterbugs Anonymous club. JA advanced beyond social dancing, choreographing routines they took to regional competitions. Upon graduation, Green, boyfriend Brett Dahlenburg, Kevin Clark, Dani Easley, Rebecca Lucero and Anthony Chen created a professional team—Groove Juice Special. See why they’re putting Albuquerque on the national Lindy hop map at bit.ly/ABQlindy.
It’s no accident that Rhythm is just a swing-out away from the Route 66 Malt Shop. After 15 years Downtown, owners Diane Avila and Eric Szeman moved to their new location in East Nob Hill in August 2010. The Malt Shop keeps the atmosphere locked in time, perfect for refueling after a dance session. The decor is over-the-top ’50s, more rockabilly than Lindy. But the menu brings nostalgia back to the future with a Southwestern flair.
The Malt Shop will host a vintage car show with live music by Go-Daddy-Go on Saturday, June 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the courtyard (RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be accepting donations for Wounded Warriors and Pennies for the Homeless at the event. Rhythm will be there, squeezing out Lindy juice. Fill up on good food, live music and vintage wheels, then dance ’til you drop.