HISTORY OF SWING DANCING In the early twentieth century, dance was beginning to become a key portion of American culture. Already a prominent form of entertainment, there was still no mass dance culture. Swing dancing, and more importantly the lindy hop, were the roots that created a change in this emerging popular art form
LINDY HOP SWING Swing dancing originated from the jazz scene growing in America in the 1920’s. The best known of these dances originated in Harlem in 1927 when following Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named “Shorty George” Snowden was watching some dancing couples. When a news reporter asked him what dance they were dancing, Snowden looked around and saw a newspaper with the heading “Lindy Hops The Atlantic” and told the reporter the dance was called “Lindy Hop” and the name stuck
EAST COAST SWING East Coast Swing (sometimes called the Jitterbug) is a fast, exuberant, non-progressive dance which works well on any crowded floor. Swing is carefree, relaxed, and fun with spins and intricate patterns. It works equally well with Big Band, Motown, and Rock & Roll, over a wide range of tempos from moderately slow to very fast.
DANCE STYLE The east coast swing is an offshoot of the Foxtrot or Syncopated Two-Step. It is and invented dance modified form a prior original form (lindy Hop) by the American Society of Teachers of Dancing in 1942.
DANCE CHARACTER AND TECHNIQUES: East Coast Swing’s basic steps are the triple and rock-steps and is danced in six-count patterns. The dance is easy to learn for beginners which make it an approachable dance for newcomers.