When your mom and dad talk about swing dancing to the music of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry back in the 50’s, this is the dance they were doing. Also called The Jitterbug, East Coast Swing is the official “sock hop” swing dance for jump blues. East Coast Swing is a circular, rotating swing dance that has many wraps, tunnels, and turns. The basic step is: triple step, triple step, rock step. The music is diverse and includes oldies (Elvis and Chuck Berry), jump blues, country, big band, and top 40. East Coast Swing is a versatile dance suitable for both the ballroom and the bar room. With a wide range of music to choose from you can swing to almost anything. Swing music is written in 4/4 time with a tempo of 145-170 beats per minute. Since this is a quick dance, the steps should be small and light. This form of swing dance is strictly based in six-count patterns that are simplified forms of the original patterns copied from Lindy Hop. (source: thedancestoreonline & wikipedia)


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