Swing is a general term for many related kinds of dances. Single step, double step and triple step versions make Swing a dance easily adaptable to a variety of tempos of music, from moderately slow to very fast, and goes equally well to Big Band type music, contemporary pop and rhythm and blues.
East Coast Swing
This dance is frequently referred to as Triple Step Swing due to the rhythm of the basic: Triple-step, triple-step, rock-step. It is a circular dance that is danced with a bounce and is very grounded and not high in the legs. East Coast Swing is the base for all Swing dances, and this fun upbeat dance can be done to lots of Big Band and contemporary music.
The original Swing, this street dance allows you to explore Big Band, Blues and Jazz music, with lots of room for improvisation. It is danced in a circular fashion, with lots of kicks, flicks, hops, lifts and drops. It is said that this dance gained its name from Charles Lindbergh and his ‘hop’ across the Atlantic. It is danced to a fast tempo music.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is smooth and sexy and danced to Rhythm and Blues, contemporary and disco music. It is designed to fit in a narrow line, making it perfect for a crowded floor. Unlike most of the other swing dances, this dance has no bounce, and rarely will you see high kicks.
Jive is the International Style version of Swing and it is danced competitively around the world. This dance is very bouncy, with very sharp flicks and kicks. It is danced to a faster tempo of Swing music.
Remember Disco? Hustle is the dance that emerged from the 70’s. The Hustle is a member of the Swing family and is like the West Coast Swing in pattern. What is danced today bears little resemblance to its original form. Now it is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning almost constantly, while her partner draws her close and sends her away. Hustle is danced to the contemporary pop dance music of the last 20 years.
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