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East Coast Swing

Sometimes referred to as Jitterbug or simply as Swing, this is the easiest of the swing dances to learn. It’s also one of the most commonly known dances in America. Because of its popularity and fun energetic music, East Coast Swing should be a staple in your dance repertoire. Swing has been around since the 1920’s, and has evolved with each decade’s popular music.  With roots in jazz, it is also great for big band, rock n’ roll, and blues music.

As with every dance in the Swing family, East Coast Swing is related to Lindy Hop—the original swing dance.  Many contemporary Lindy Hop dancers actually dance a hybrid of Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing.  May I Have This Dance offers Lindy Hop as part of the extra-curricular program.  We highly recommend learning some East Coast Swing before taking Lindy Hop.

Song Suggestions:

  • Jump Jive and Wail - Louis Prima

  • String of Pearls - Glenn Miller

  • L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole

  • Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darrin

  • Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone

  • Stompin at the Savoy - Benny Goodman

  • Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley


Click the link below to see a demonstration of this dance

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