West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing, or Western Swing, quickly gained popularity across the U.S. because of its sophisticated style and easy adaptation to contemporary Rock music. A regional style popular on the West Coast of the U.S., the dance made a bid for national recognition in the late 1950's and continues to grow in popularity in the 21st century.
West Coast Swing incorporates many forms of Swing including the Lindy, Carolina Shag, Whip, and Push. Versatile dancers, eager to display their talent, are continually innovating new and interesting movement in West Coast Swing.
After nearly five decades, West Coast Swing has endured the test of time. As with the East Coast Swing, it is possible to dance in a relatively small dance space. The West Coast Swing is danced in a slot in place. Its slower tempo allows for a more free rhythmic interpretation consisting of single, double, triple, and various other syncopated rhythms. A relaxed, sometimes shuffling movement are characteristic. Occasional use of hip movements or a push style is also used to enhance the style of the dance.