There are now many types of swing… West Coast, East Coast, Western etc. The original swing is Lindy Hop which is the style we teach.
The Lindy Hop evolved in the 1930’s in response to the rising popularity of the fabulous sound of big bands and swing rhythms. It’s history is most famously known through the stories about the Savoy ballroom, as well as the wonderful dance scenes in the Hollywood movies, involving dancers such as Frankie Manning and Whitey’s Hoppers, Dean Collins and Jean Veloz just to name a few.
Lindy Hop consist mainly of 8 count and 6 count footwork patterns. These footwork patterns include triple steps, step step, kick steps, holds and lots of variations.
If you like the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Prima, Cab Calloway or more recent musicians such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Royal Crown Revue, then this could be the dance for you.
The video clip below is of the famous “Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers” dancing a very very fast Lindy Hop in the movie Hellzapoppin.