What is Swing Dancing – Partnered and Solo?

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  Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, 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 ( or Lindy Charleston, a style of Charleston done to Swing music) and Solo Jazz. Lindy Hop, a partnered Swing dance, 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.

The earlier Jazz dances out of which Lindy Hop came…

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.

And here we see a famous Lindy Hop clip from the 1940’s of some of the best Lindy Hop dancers in action…

What is Solo Jazz dancing?

Solo Jazz can refer to solo dances of the pre- Swing era, Swing Era, and post Swing era Jazz music. Nowadays, however, we usually mean dancing by oneself, that is without a partner, to Swing Jazz music. Solo Jazz can be free and improvised or structured around routines like the Shim Sham, Tranky Doo and Big Apple.

And here we see two modern dancers performing their own choreography…

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