East Coast Swing
Swing dances can be performed in a variety of ways. They include such dances as the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing. The origin dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. These dances are performed by using jumps, kicks, and energetic moves.
This dance has its roots with the dances done at the great Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1920′s and 1930′s. East Coast Swing is an energetic, fast dance, done usually with triple steps and rock steps to Big Band or contemporary music that ‘swings’.
Jitterbug is an exuberant ballroom dance popular in the 1930s and ’40s, originating in the United States and spread internationally by U.S. armed forces during World War II. Its original freewheeling acrobatic swings and lifts were modified for more conservative ballroom versions. Couples did most versions while holding one or both hands.
West Coast Swing is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
The Lindy Hop is the ballroom dance considered to be the father of all Swing dances. It is known for its unique, athletic style, and often contains aerial jumps, kicks, twists and flips.