Dance Styles – Swing

East Coast Swing
Developed in the 1940s, the vivacious East Coast Swing is based upon the Lindy Hop. This rhythmic and adaptable dance can be performed with a partner or individually, socially, competitively, or even choreographed for performances. The East Coast Swing is the perfect beginner’s Swing dance, and will establish the basic swing tempo and movements. It doesn’t require exceptional strength or flexibility like the acrobatic Lindy Hop, and therefore is suited to dancers of all ages and skill levels. This high-spirited dance will have you skipping, rocking, and twisting the night away on the dance floor.

West Coast Swing
This is a sexy and smooth swing style that can be danced to R&B, Blues, top-40 and Contemporary Hip-Hop music sounds, disco and even country music. Like the East Coast Swing, the West Coast Swing developed from the Lindy Hop but is infused with unique California style. Slick, sexy, and smooth, this partner dance will have you twisting away on the dance floor. The fun of West Coast Swing is improvising and freely moving to the flow of the music. Beginners can easily master its basic steps, while advanced dancers will be enthralled with creating clever tricks and new moves.

Jive
This dance is the European version of East Coast swing and Jitterbug. Six and eight count patterns make up this dance, as in East Coast swing but it is quite bouncy with very sharp kicks and flicks. Unlike East Coast swing, Jive is danced to faster tempo swing music and is meant for competitive style dancing.

Balboa
Balboa is a very popular dance style originating out of southern California. This style is danced to a wide variety of music tempos and is danced primarily in a close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. Many Balboa steps can be integrated into your jitterbug and lindy dancing.

Lindy Hop
A social dance of the US, originating in the late 1920s in New York City and at first associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. It is danced to music (principally Swing) in fast duple meter (“8 to the bar”) and is characterized especially by “breakaways” in which partners in a couple separate and improvise steps individually.  It incorporates movements in which partners swing one another around and sometimes takes on an acrobatic character.

Hustle
Hustle is danced to the contemporary, disco and pop dance music of the last 20 years. It is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning frequently, while her partner draws her close and sends her away.

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