Swing dance is a style of dance that was most popular from the 1920s to the 1950s. It is ususally danced to music with a syncopated "swing" rhythm, particularly jazz music. There are several types of swing dance, and our club teaches many of them. These styles are listed below, with a link that will take you to a video demonstrating that dance.
- Lindy Hop is the best-known form of swing dance. It is an 8-count dance that be be identified by its fundamental step: the swingout. It can be danced to fast and slow songs, though faster songs can prove to be difficult for beginners.
- Charleston is an 8-count dance which is characterized by its prominent kicking motions. It is typically danced to faster songs. We teach partner Charleston, though it can also be danced solo. There are 3 general types of Charleston:
- East Coast Swing is a 6-count dance that is great to introduce to beginners. The steps are relatively simple and it can be danced to fast and slow songs.
- Collegiate Shag is a 6-count dance that is great fun to perform, and is one of the easier dances to learn. Key features include hopping, close positions, hidden signals, and finger-waving. it is best danced to a fast tempo.
- Balboa is an 8-count dance that works great on a crowded floor. This is because the dancers are close together and the steps in Balboa require little movement. This is more of an advanced dance and is best to a fast tempo.
- West Coast Swing is different from the other forms of swing because it is danced to more modern songs as opposed to jazzy swing songs. It also emphasizes a smoother style than its bouncy counterparts. The dance is typically 6 counts and is best with a slower tempo.