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Club Swing – (Also called 4 ct. Hustle)
This simplest version of the Swing is danced to 4/4 time music with four “steps” in four counts of music; like marching (1-2-3-4).
This can be danced to a variety of music: Rock, Blues, Disco, etc.
Club Swing is a simple dance to use while learning other, more difficult types of Swing dances like West Coast Swing, Hustle or East Coast Triple Swing.
East Coast Swing
Danced to 4/4 time music with six counts in a basic step the beats for Single-time East Coast Swing are (quick-quick-slow-slow, or 1-2-34-56). This can be danced to a variety of music tempos too quick for the Jive or Triple Swing.
Slower music is great for East Coast Triple Swing (Quick-Quick-Quick-a-quick, Quick-a-Quick or 1-2-3&4 5&6) and is danced in an overall circular motion with the partners changing positions with each other.
Jive was originally presented to the public as ‘Jive’ in 1934 by Cab Calloway. Many of its basic patterns are similar to those of the very fast East Coast Swing. The modern form of ballroom jive in the 1990s-present, is a very high-energy, happy and boppy dance, with the lifting of knees and the bending or rocking of the hips. Dancers take a chasse (step-close-step) to each side and a rock step (one foot back, one slightly forward).
Competition Jive is danced to fast-paced swing music and concentrates on a bounce action in the knees. Both Jive and Triple Swing are danced in a circular manner.
Lindy Hop Swing
Lindy Hop Swing was named for Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in 1927. This dance, the earliest version of swing danced in the 30’s and 40’s, is experiencing a renaissance today. The Lindy is danced to 4/4 time music and the basic step is an 8-count step with the couple moving around each other in a circular manner. More advanced steps can have either six or eight counts. Advanced Lindy Hop is energetic with many hopping, kicking steps and acrobatic moves called ‘air steps’. Original Lindy Hop demonstrations can be seen in the movies ‘A Day at the Races’ and ‘Hellzapoppin’, and recreations can be seen in ‘Swing Kids’, and ‘Malcolm X’
Groovie Movie” by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 1944. Funny jitterbug instructional video. The same lady is shown below still dancing at 90 years old.
Below – 90 year old Hollywood Swing Dance legend Jean Veloz at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ on October 4th, 2014 for the Arizona Swing Jam – a weekend of Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Swing Dancing, and Big Band Music.
West Coast Swing
WCS is a bar dance designed to work in narrow spaces. Danced to music trends of today: Blues, R&B, funk and hip hop. Lots of space for improvisation while keeping partner connection. A challenging dance well worth the effort of learning.
A “slot” dance in which the man begins dancing by facing the lady, steps off a “track” while he leads the lady to pass him, and then steps back on the “track” to face the lady as she turns to meet him. The lady dances back and forth on this track, executing turns, spins, and syncopated movements. Swing music with a medium slow tempo and a blues feel epitomizes the style of West Coast Swing, but faster tempo swing music is also used, with the swing taking on a Hustle feel.
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