East Coast Swing

The East Coast Swing also known as the fun dance. If you are in a bad mood the swing will get you put of that soon.

The dance was created by dance studios including the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940s, based on the Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop was felt by dance studios to be both too difficult and too unstructured to teach to beginning dancers, but there was market demand for training in Swing Dance.

The dance studios had initially dismissed Lindy Hop in particular as a fad. East Coast Swing can be referred to by many different names in different regions of the United States and the World. It has alternatively been called Eastern Swing, Jitterbug, American Swing, East Coast Lindy, Lindy (not to be confused with Lindy Hop), and Triple Swing.

Other variants of East Coast Swing that use altered footwork forms are known as Single Swing or “Single-step Swing” (where the triple step is replaced by a single step forming a slow, slow, quick, quick rhythm common to Foxtrot), and Double Swing (using a tap-step footwork pattern).

East Coast Swing is a 6- and 8-bar rhythm dance. The name East Coast Swing was originally coined to distinguish the dance from street forms and newer variations used in competition (and to distinguish the dance from the California-developed West Coast Swing). Based on Lindy Hop, but with big differences. 

The East Coast Swing is a standardized dance form first developed at Arthur Murray Studios for educational purposes and later codified to provide a medium of comparison for competitive dancers.

There is no right or wrong way to dance. However, certain dance styles are considered correct “form” within the technical elements documented and maintained by the National Dance Council of America. 

NDCA oversees all standards of American ballroom and Latin American dance. The Lindy Hop was never standardized and later became the inspiration for several other dance forms such as (European) Boogie Woogie, Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Rock and Roll. In ballroom practice, the 6 count of East Coast Swing is often mixed with the 8 count of Lindy Hop, Charleston and, less commonly, Balboa.

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