Diverse types of swing
This dance represents the neon of night clubs of the 70’s and was called then the Disco-Hustle. The word Disco was used first for the french private clubs that found they didn’t need live musicians to get people to dance. The words that describe such places was ‘discotheque’ (meaning record library). The word Hustle come from the Dutch word for ‘shake’.
Modern Jive is a syncopated dance. It is based on rhythm and blues.
The hustle marked a return to popular dances where couples has a closed dance frame. In the early 1970's a modified Lindy Hop or Jitterbug became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York.
We learn with this dance action and reaction.
Single time swing
Single time swing appeared in the mid 1930's.
In August of 1935, at the Palomar Ballroom, the leader of a band named Benny Goodman played a Fletcher Henderson arrangement of ‘stomping’ at the Savoy. Single time swing is danced to a music that is too fast for the East Coast Swing.
The swing brings forward a buoyant personality and the sprightliness of the dance becomes contagious.
We learn to let go our individuality and personality with this dance.
East coast swing
East Coast Swing is frequently, referred to as Triple Step Swing due to the rhythm of the basic triple step.
This dance consists of six and eight count patterns, which require a rock step back by both man and woman to begin. It is a circular dance that is danced with a bounce and is quite grounded and not high in the legs. This bounce requires the dancers to stay very smooth and not jump around much.
West coast swing
West Coast Swing like East Coast Swing consists of six and eight count patterns.
West Coast Swing is done in a slot. The women no longer rocks back as in East Coast Swing, but instead she always walks forward on count one. This dance is usually done to medium tempo swing music. Frequently those songs are slower than the East Coast Swing. However, those that achieve a high skill level in this dance can and do dance it to a faster tempo of music. This dance has no bounce and has a very smooth feeling to it. Rarely will you ever see high kicks or moves, which will require the dancers to elevate their feet from the floor.
The Jive is the European version of East Coast Swing.
Six and Eight count patterns make up this dance as in East Coast Swing; however, it is danced quite bouncy with very sharp kicks and flicks.
Unlike East Coast Swing, this is danced to faster tempo of swing music and is meant for competition.
Lindy Hop dance came about with the big band era and is danced to a fast tempo of swing.
It has been said that this dance gained its name from Charles Lindbergh and his flight.
All Lindy steps are mostly perform in an eight count pattern, done in a circular fashion, with a lot of kicks, flicks, hops, lifts, and drops.
Lindy hop is the base for all swing dances.
Back Charleston is sometimes referred as Tandem Charleston where the follower stands in front of the leader with her back to him and both leader and follower dance the basic Charleston step starting with the rock step on the left foot.
This dance is fun because there are many moves and variations that can be danced from this position. The back Charleston unique set of movements and dance figures has been borrowed by the Quickstep when is pertinent.
Charleston is the dance of 1920's that we associate with the flamboyant flapper of the era.
It became national dance crazy when it was danced on Broadway in 1922.
It can be danced solo or with a partner.