Swing dance

Swing dance

The expression "swing dance" is usually used to refer to a group of dances that developed concurrently with the manner of jazz music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The most popular of which is Lindy Hop.

Swing dance was created in Harlem and is still danced today. Several of Swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances; some number of forms was developed within Anglo-American or other ethnic group communities.

Swinging jazz music characters the syncopated timing connected with African American and West African music and dance - a mixture of crotchets and quavers which several swing dancers perform as 'triple steps' and 'steps' - yet also establishes changes in the manner these rhythms were played - a distinct delay or 'relaxed' approach to timing.

Now, in many countries around the world, there are swing dance scenes, and though each city and country changes in their choices for particular dances, but often the most popular is Lindy Hop. It is significant to note, though, that each local swing dance area has a different local culture and identifies "swing dance" and "appropriate" dance music in dissimilar ways.

Forms of Swing:

In different place outside the United States the expression "Swing dancing" is used to refer usually to one or all the following swing age dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues. This group is frequently extended to incorporate West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances.

In Singapore and other places, Latin dances (salsa and tango) are considered "Swing scene", and for several scenes tap dancing and a variety of other jazz dances are considered important, as are hip hop and other contemporary African American street dances. The changes continue, dictates by local dance community interests.