East Coast Swing
Eastern Swing or East Coast Swing, or simply Swing, evolved from the Lindy Hop and is perhaps the most famous American folk dance. The best known forms of Swing include the Charleston, Black Bottom, and Shag. In the early 1940's, these forms consolidated into what was called the Lindy Hop.
About 60 years ago, Swing was danced in the Harlem section of NYC at a time when big band greats such as Chic Webb, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman were popular. It was there where the dance took on most of its popular steps and styling still used today.
For many years, the "better establishments" frowned upon the wilder forms of Swing dancing because the acrobatics involved limited the number of people who could dance at one time. It is possible however, to do fine Swing dancing in a relatively small area.
Swing dancing was revived in the late 1990’s and 2000’s by such bands as the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
The Swing is a spot dance that does not move along the line of dance. Free rhythmic interpretation is characteristic, using single, double or triple rhythms. A relaxed shuffling movement and use of upper body sway is also used to highlight the Swing.