East Coast Swing Dancing

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The enthusiasm of a great first date.

While many ballroom dance instructors ignored the Lindy Hop craze of the 1930s because of its wild appearance, few could deny the happiness it brought to people.

Arthur Murray recruited franchisees from his dance studio business to study the regional styles of Lindy hop across America, so that they could create a unified curriculum to teach the dance in all their studios. In a few short years, they had collectively created “Eastern Swing” (later called “East Coast Swing”), a simplified version of Lindy Hop based on a six-count basic step with a more upright posture (similar to other ballroom dances).

Although related, East Coast Swing should not be confused with Jive. East Coast Swing is danced at slower tempos and less sassy than Jive. That said, sometimes you will see some Jive styling brought into East Coast Swing performances.

Today, East Coast Swing is popularly danced to Big Band Swing music, early forms of Rock and Roll, and Country music.

East Coast Swing, also known simply as “Swing” is part of the American Rhythm group of ballroom dances. If you wish to learn East Coast Swing, seek out your local ballroom dance and Lindy Hop studios. Opportunities to dance it socially can be found at swing dance clubs, ballroom studios and some country bars. Overall, there are more opportunities to dance East Coast Swing over other ballroom dances on a regular basis.




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