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Swing is a group of related street dances, that evolved from
Lindy Hop. Swing is a partner dance, where the couple consists of a
lead and follow, who share a
Forms of Swing
The three main dance forms of swing are Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and East Coast
Swing. However, many related dance forms exist, including the following.
evolved in the late 1920s and early 1930s as the original swing dance. Its main
draw is the style's openess to improvisation, and ability to easily adapt to include
steps from other 8-count, and 6-count Swing styles. "Lindy" is most often
danced to jazz, but ambitious dancers often use it to dance to the blues, rock &
roll, and even some forms of hip-hop! Almost anything goes.
West Coast Swing
was developed in the 1930s and 1940s as a stylistic variation. Follows stay in a
slot, which reduces their ability to move left and right, but improves their ability
to spin left and right. West Coast Swing is danced with blues and rock and roll
East Coast Swing is a simpler 6-count variation. Also known as Triple-Step Swing,
6-Count Swing, Single-Step Swing, Rock-a-billy, or Jitterbug. East coast
swing has very simple structure and footwork along with basic moves and styling.
East-coast swing is popular for its forgiving, yet elegant nature, and is often
danced to slow or medium tempo jazz, blues, or rock & roll.
Country Swing, also called
Western Swing or
(C/W Swing) is a form with a distinct culture. It resembles East Coast Swing, but
adds variations from other country dances. It is danced to country and western music.
forms of swing dance.
This is a classic 8-count dance that predates Lindy Hop, and is often incorporated
into "Lindy" dances. The Charleston originally developed as a solo performance
dance in the brothels and speakeasies of the day, but was adapted into a partner
dance sometime during the 1930s. Today, it can be, and is, danced in both modes.
is a 8-count dance, that emphasizes a stong partner connection, and quick footwork.
Balboa (sometimes referred to simply as "Bal") is, primarily, danced in
a tight, closed position, with the follow and lead adopting a firm chest-to-chest
posture. This dance is particularly popular in settings with fast jazz (usually
anything from 120 to 240 BPM) and/or limited floor-space.
This is simpler and good for fast music.
St. Louis Shag
Ballroom Swing is a part of
American style Ballroom dancing. This form (most often the same as or
similar to East Coats Swing) has been adopted by Ballroom dancers. Street swing
and Ballroom Swing are very different. Ballroom Swing is danced in competition and
is done strictly in patterns (a series of interlocking moves). Street Swing is danced
in many different styles and places with thousands of differences. It is very open
Jive is a dance of
International Style Ballroom dancing. It diverged from Swing still further.
Originally, swing was danced to
Swing music, which is a kind of
jazz. Some of the swing jazz great performers are Count Basie, Woody Herman,
Many dance forms fit their own music. West Coast swing is usually danced to blues
or rock and roll. Country swing is usually danced to country and western music.
Charleston is usually danced to
Most dances fit many kinds of music. For example today, Lindy Hoppers dance
to Ragtime, Swing, Bop, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Disco, and Hip Hop.
Swing music had a revival in the late
1990s thanks to musician
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the movie
, and a number of other bands.