Swing

Swing

Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. Whether you are a dancer or an onlooker, the jubilant music and movements of the swing dance is contagious and will have you tapping your feet in no time. 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 and ease in most other rhythm dances. After mastering the patterns both men and women will find Swing dance lessons in Etobicoke a fun and exciting dance to learn and practice.

The Swing dance was extremely popular from 1936 through the war years. Almost every soda shop had a jukebox and an open floor space for high school students to jitterbug after school. The Swing’s popularity began to fade after the war but has recently made a strong comeback as new generations discover this fun and exciting dance.

History

The Lindy (Swing) picked up where the Charleston left off. It had “swing-outs”, “break aways” and “shine-steps”. With the birth of “Swing” music in the mid 1930s 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 or the Swing. Since those days, each successive generation has “discovered” the fun of Swing. Swing is one of the most popular dances at our studio in Etobicoke, and a favourite in private lessons, group classes, and parties.

Characteristics

The basic Swing step consists of a side step or a triple step (shuffle) followed by a rock step done to lively music.

Music

Swing, Jitterbug, Jive, Shag, and Lindy Hop are usually written in 2/4 or 4/4 time with the musical accents occurring on the second or second and fourth beats of a measure. Your Swing dance lessons will include two general rhythms: Swing Rhythm – 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 or its equivalent; Lindy Rhythm – 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. Swing may be danced comfortably over a wide range of tempos.

Popular Swing songs and artists include:

  • In The Mood, by Glenn Miller
  • Rock Around The Clock, by Bill Haley and the Comets
  • Start Me Up, by The Rolling Stones
  • Jump, Jive, An’ Wail, by Louis Prima or the Brian Setzer Orchestra

If you’re looking for Etobicoke ballroom lessons, you may also find Foxtrot dance lessonsHustle dance lessons, and Jive dance lessons interesting!

Contact Us for Swing Dance Lessons in Etobicoke

Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Contact us at Arthur Murray for Swing dance lessons in Etobicoke today. Interested in other ballroom dancing Etobicoke classes? Go back to our list of ballroom dances for further info.

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