Whether you call it Swing, Jitterbug, Jive, hand-dancing, Shag East Coast,
West Coast or Lindy, it falls under the general term Swing dancing. One
of the popular lines is "It's not Swing without a smile!" Swing
is a fun-loving dance which makes people happy! Swing Dancing your first
dance will not give you formal pictures of a wedding waltz, but it will
set the reception off with a bang! In the USA, Swing is probably the most
socially useful dance. The rhythm of the dance lends itself well to a large
number of musical styles. You can dance Swing to Jazz, Big Band, Country,
Rock and Pop.
Triple or East Coast Swing - Basic timing: 1&2 3&4 5 6. It is a dance well suited to Jazz, Rock and Country music. Very popular, especially in ballroom studios. Modern music is much slower than the old Big Band tunes so this variant is much more commonly taught in general. The style is very free and easy. The dance patterns also tend to be more circular in nature.
Lindy - Basic timing: 12 3&4 5&6. Named after Charles "Lindy" Lindberg the great American aviator, Lindy is very popular in the Virginia and DC metropolitan area. We enjoy teaching this dance because of the fun charleston kicks and lifts associated with it. While the dance can be danced in a circular fashion like in East Coast Swing, in this area the "slotted" style is preferred. The dancing couple exchanges positions with each other, rotating about 180 on each step. It is very much like West Coast Swing.
West Coast Swing - Basic timing: 12 3&4 5&6 It is a dance well suited to Jazz, Rock and Country music. West Cost Swing is also very popular in the DC metropolitan area. It is also very slotted in its form but more complicated in the footwork than Lindy, with a particular focus on the connection and timing in 8's. West Coast is often danced to very fast music that could also be danced as Hustles, but personal preference is to dance it slowish blues. It also tends to have a jazzier, sexier feel that the fun-loving East Coast Swing variety and this is reflected in the styling.