What is swing dance?

TL;DR videos below!

What is “swing dance”?

Swing dance is more than just a dance – it’s an era. The term “swing dance” applies to the dances that came out of the Harlem, New York in the 1920s with the dance that is now known as Lindy Hop. Swing dancing also can apply to other styles of dance, such as Charleston, Balboa, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and the Jive. The dances were heavily influenced by big band jazz and improvisation; in a way, swing dance and jazz music “grew up” together.

If you would like to find out more information, the Wikipedia entries on swing dance and lindy hop are great places to start.

What is “blues dance”?

Just as swing dancing and jazz are related, blues dancing developed as the genre of music developed. It developed over much the same  time period as swing dancing and is generally thought to have been born in the African-American juke joints of Mississippi. It is generally a much slower dance compared to lindy hop or charleston, but the dance styles often go hand in hand.

Here’s a collection of swing dance videos that are sure to inspire you!

Hellzapoppin 1941

ILHC 2014 – Invitational Lindy JnJ – Dax Hock & Maeva Truntzer

ILHC 2014 – Invitational Lindy JnJ – Thomas Blacharz & Isabella Gregorio

ILHC 2011 – Skye Humphries & Frida Segerdahl – Classic Lindy Hop Routine

ILHC 2014 – Invitational Strictly Lindy – Spotlights