What is Swing Dancing?

Although born in the 1920’s Swing Dancing is alive and kicking in  the 21st Century. There are various Swing  Dance styles and they were danced to Swing Jazz and Early Jazz music, for example, that of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong, just to name a few.

There are numerous forms of Swing Dancing; Lindy Hop, Swing Charleston, Shag, Balboa etc… At Swing Dance Cork we specialise in Lindy Hop, Swing Charleston and Solo Jazz. Lindy Hop was born out of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York and came from the Breakaway, Charleston and Tap dances, and came into being in the late 1920’s.

Have a look at this video for an example of Early Jazz Charleston and Breakaway dancing

Lindy Hop is a fun, smooth yet energetic dance with emphasis on improvisation, partner connection and expression of the individual. Swing Charleston can be considered a part of Lindy Hop, it is the Swing version of the earlier Charleston. Solo Jazz is solo dancing to Jazz music and can be considered a simplified version of Tap dancing, and incorporates steps, holds, kicks, taps etc…

And here we see the evolution of the Breakaway and Charleston in Lindy Hop.

Looking for more, check out the playlist below, with Partnered Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz and Charleston.