Origins of East Coast Swing
A true “American Dance”, and a descendant of Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, this dance is also known as “Triple Time Swing”. It dates back to the 1920’s where the black community discovered the Charleston and Lindy Hop while dancing to Jazz music. It followed the development of “Ragtime” and then “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, Tommy Dorsey and of course Glen Miller. Sometime after war’ end, 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.
Danced in 4/4 timing, the music is fast and lively in the Swing style.
East Coast Swing is a happy, fun, upbeat dance. Distinguished by its bounce, rock step (back break), Swing hip motion and triple steps, East Coast Swing is also a non-progressive dance. The Swing frame is typically in Closed Promenade position with the leader’s left hand at the waist level and the right hand is on the follower’s left shoulder blade.
Time signature: 4/4
Tempo: 34-36 measures per minute
Timing: 1, 2, 3&4, 5&6 (& is equal to 1/2 of a beat of music) or 1&2, 3&4, 5,6
Beat value: 1-1, ½-½-1, ½-½-1 or ½-½-1, ½-½-1 , 1-1
Swing is one of the most popular dance and can be danced to pretty much any type of music.