Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It’s one of the dances that becomes contagious. The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people. The various speeds of music are excellent training for quick footwork and good leading and following which will add comfort as in most other rhythm dances. After mastering the patterns both men and women will find Swing a fun and exciting dance to learn and practice.
The Swing (first known as the Lindy) picked up where the Charleston left off. It had “swing-outs”, “breakaways” and “shine-steps”. With the birth of “Swing” music in the mid 1930’s the Lindy climbed the social ladder. In August of 1935, at the Palomar Ballroom, bandleader Benny Goodman played a Fletcher Henderson arrangement of “Stompin’ at the Savoy”. The rest, as they say, is history. The dance craze swept the nation, and depending on where you lived, it was the Jitterbug, the Lindy Hop of the Swing. Since those days, each successive generation has discovered the fun of Swing. This most uniquely American dance is enjoyed all over the world.
Swing, Jitterbug, Jive, Shag, Lindy hop, etc. are normally written in 2/4 or 4/4 time with the musical accepts occurring on the second or second and fourth beats of a measure. Swing includes two general rhythms: Swing rhythm – 1,2,3,4,5,6 or its equivalent: Lindy rhythm – 1,2,3 & 4,5,6,7 & 8 or its equivalent. Swing may be danced comfortably over a wide range of tempos.
A side step or a triple step (shuffle) followed by a rock step done to lively music is the fundamental pattern for this dance.