Otherwise known as Jitterbug or East Coast Swing. It is a 6-count style of dance and is considered a simpler form of the swing style. It does however introduce the essential swing rhythm – doubles and triples. Our Rock'n'Roll classes are a great way to get into swing dancing if you have never done it before, a great dance for beginners or indeed anyone who loves to boogie.
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The East Coast Swing is an offshoot of the Fox trot, and interestingly is an “invented dance” (by the American Society of Teachers of Dancing in 1942). It is essentially a refinement of the Lindy Hop (by the A.S.T.D.) and was taught as the East Coast Swing/Jitterbug. By the 1950’s it was being reintroduced to the public as Eastern Swing (by the various dance associations) in an effort to re-sell the same dance to the public by identifying (the popular and recognised) Swing as Rock’n’Roll.
Generally a more upright dance (compared to the Lindy Hop), and danced to upbeat tempos written in 4/4 time – such as the 1950’s and 1960’s Rock’n’Roll era music. A useful style to commence with, due to its simpler basic and universal-ness in the variety of music that it can be danced to.