Swing is an all American family of dances that date back to the 1920’s and 30’s. Swing dances are some of the most popular and sought-after dance styles.Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, and Jive are Swing dances that were adapted from the street swing dances of Harlem (e.g., Lindy Hop) in the 1920s and early 30s. Swing dancing entered mainstream American culture in the 1930s and as a result of the popularity, dance studios began to adapt street swing moves into teachable steps and patterns. (It is worth noting that during the Swing Era, street dancers used the names Jitterbug, Lindy, and Jivin’ (UK) as umbrella terms to refer to any kind of swing dancing. Many dance names and terms did not become standardized until decades later in many cases.)
East Coast Swing is a fun, upbeat dance and is one of the five competitive dances in the American Rhythm category along with Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, and Mambo.It is also a very popular social dance. The basic step consists of two triple steps and a rock step and moves smoothly either forward and backward or side to side. It also naturally rotates on the dance floor. It is distinguished by its bounce, rock step (back break), Cuban hip motion and triple steps.Common patterns include the Open Break, Underarm Turns, and Tuck-Ins.