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.
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.