If there’s one truly joyful, carefree, uplifting type of music and dance, it has to be Lindy Hop. Swing music and Lindy Hop may take enormous skill to play, but it brings us back to a simpler time. Even those of us who weren’t around for it can get on board with some fun, retro swing. And if there’s one band that knows how to do it, it’s the Hot Sugar Band.

“Born in 2010, the Hot Sugar Band has become one of the top-rated bands in the world of Lindy-hop and Swing dance in general,” their site explains. “Based in Paris, and featuring some of the finest musicians of the french swing and jazz scene, the band has performed in many of the most important swing events all around the world, including Sweden, Hungary, Lithuania, Canada, Spain, South Korea, China, Italy, Netherlands… among many others!” They’ve travelled the world making amazing music, while inspiring people to dance and express themselves. More than all of that, they just put a smile on your face. 

“Its unique, highly-recognizable sound, at the crossing of John Kirby’s sextet, Django Reinhardt big band works, and Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s classics, in addition to the band’s endless energy on stage, have contributed to make it one of the most-demanded bands in the world of swing dance, with 160+ shows over the 3 last years.”

It really has. If you look at this video of an epic, fun-loving dance-off you can see exactly why the band is so successful. The dance is amazing, the music is jamming, and everyone just looks so damn happy. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, this video will do the trick:

It makes you want to get up and join. Some music has the power to totally change your mood. And music that commands you to get up and dance does that better than anything else— which is exactly what makes the Hot Sugar Band so special.