Swing - Jitterbug


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.


Jitterbug is an easy-to-learn social dance that is often taught in conjunction with East Coast Swing because the patterns and styling are so similar. The difference is that the triple steps of the East Coast Swing have been condensed into a single step to accommodate the faster tempo of Jitterbug music. Jitterbug is sometimes called Single-Step Swing.

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