East Coast Swing

History

A true “American Dance”, and a descendant of Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, this dance is also known as Triple Swing. It dates back to the 1920’s where the black community discovered the Charleston and Lindy while dancing to Jazz music. It followed the development of “Ragtime” and the “Swing” music. During World War II, the American Forces introduced this dance to Britain, together with the popular orchestras of the day, such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Tommy Dorsey, and of course, Glen Miller. Sometime after war’s end, the faster version stayed in Europe and became known as the Jive. This dance continues to be popular with all age groups as music is available from all time eras.



Characteristics

Ballroom Dance Descriptions