Activities Calendar » Swing
Swing/Lindy, Savoy Swing, West Coast Swing and Jive
The Swing swept across the US in the early '30s, and was very popular through the '40s. (Remember "Swing Kids", the recent movie about II World War times?) Characterized by a carefree, relaxed style, the Swing soon came to represent a whole generation and time, when Big Band music was popular and musicians were judged by how well their music could "swing". 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. Swing is a highly adaptable dance, going equally well with Big Band type music, rock-and-roll music, and many Motown songs. Swing music is generally up-tempo and bouncy. (The same music style, at a slower tempo, is danced as a Foxtrot.)
The Savoy style of swing is a very fast, jumpy, casual-looking style of dancing , associated with the great dancers of Harlem in the '40s. The Lindy style is a smoother -looking dance. When it hit the laid-back West Coast, the steps and rhythms of Swing were rearranged again to make it adapt to rhythm-and-blues type music, and West Coast Swing developed.
West Coast Swing has certain similarities to Swing, but also has some distinct differences. We recommend that dancers reach a basic familiarity with the step patterns of "East Coast" Swing before learning the slightly more complicated step patterns of West Coast Swing. In Europe, especially France, Swing has been popularized under the name "Rock'n'Roll", which is a fast, jumpy style of dancing. They have also developed a competitive acrobatic style of Rock'n'Roll which combines gymnastics with dancing .
The International Style version of the dance is called "Jive", and it is danced competitively in the US and all over the world (see the explanation for International Style).
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|5||6 Lindy Hop Class 8:00pm Lindy Hop Social 9:00pm||7||8 East Coast Swing 7:00pm||9||10 Practice Night 7:00pm||11|
|12||13 Lindy Hop Class 8:00pm Lindy Hop Social 9:00pm||14||15 East Coast Swing 7:00pm||16||17 Practice Night 7:00pm||18|
|19||20 Lindy Hop Class 8:00pm Lindy Hop Social 9:00pm||21||22 East Coast Swing 7:00pm||23||24 Practice Night 7:00pm||25|
|26||27 Lindy Hop Class 8:00pm Lindy Hop Social 9:00pm||28||29 East Coast Swing 7:00pm||30||31 Practice Night 7:00pm|