Intro to Swing: 8pm

Jump into the world of Swing with Fleur Bowman and Gianfranco Semino. In this intro class you’ll have the opportunity to work on basic 6 and 8 count patterns with a primary focus on repetition to learn Rhythm and Connection.

Swing dance” is a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1940s, with the origins of each dance predating the popular “swing era”. During the swing era, there were hundreds of styles of swing dancing, but those that have survived beyond that era include: Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Lindy Charleston. Today, the most well-known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, which originated in Harlem in the early 1930s.

Somewhat surprisingly, “swing dance” was not commonly used to identify a group of dances until the latter half of the 20th century. Historically, the term “Swing” referred to the style of jazz music, which inspired the evolution of the dance.

Jitterbug is an umbrella term that denotes all forms of swing dance, though it is often used as a synonym for the six-count derivative of Lindy Hop called “East Coast Swing”. It was also common to use the word to identify a kind of dancer (i.e., a swing dancer). A “jitterbug” might prefer to dance Lindy Hop, Shag, or any of the other swing dances.

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