If you are new to Swing Dancing our East Coast Swing Dance class is a good place to start. It is a fun social dance that is instantly accessible way to enjoy dancing to swing jazz, blues and rock and roll music. On the social dance floor, the six count steps of the East Coast Swing can be mixed with the eight count steps of Lindy Hop and Charleston. It is a perfect place to begin learning these vintage American dances.
In The Lindy Hop classes you’ll learn the basics of Lindy Hop including the Swing Out, Charleston, and various follower and leader turns. There will be significant repetition to help work the rhythm into dancers’ bodies. No experience or partner is necessary, although it is highly recommended that each dancer complete at least one month-long series of East Coast swing before enrolling in Lindy Hop.
Lindy Hop is the original American swing dance, also known as Jitterbug, which was created in the late 1930’s and 40’s to really swing to the jazz music being played in the dance halls in Harlem. Danced to a wide range of tempos, a strong pulse drives the movement of the dance, and the music is traditionally big band swing from the Golden Era of Jazz. Lindy Hop is learned using 6 count and 8 count moves and characterized as a lively and happy dance.