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.
- Originating in 1930s Harlem, Lindy Hop (sometimes called the Jitterbug) 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.
- 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.
- The Charleston pre-dates the Lindy Hop. It's an 8-count dance which is characterized by its prominent kicking motions. It is typically danced to faster songs. We typically teach partner Charleston, though it can also be danced solo. There are 3 general types of Charleston that we do at State Swing: