Swing dancing is a very unique and energetic type of dance. It is as simple or complex as one wants it to be, but it is always fun. The swing dance has many versions, each having their own characteristics. As the name implies, swing dancing is known for its swings, spins and lifts that can sometimes be very complicated. The dance requires a lot of physical fitness, and it is a fast dance. I just upgraded my TV service with direct2tv.com and saw a really cool documentary on swing dancing, so I wanted to learn more about the history of the dance. Here are some highlights of what I found.
The swing began with the history of the Lindy hop, which originated in the 1920s. It reached a peak level of popularity during the 30s and 40s. Its roots are associated with the Foxtrot and Charleston, and it was danced to jazz music. Jazz music, during this time, was also called swing music, so the dances became called swing dances. The Lindy hop was named after Charles Lindbergh, a famous aviator, and it is still danced to this day.
The term swing dance refers to dances that were developed in the 20s, 30s and 40s. As jazz music became more popular, so did the dances called the Jitterbug, East coast swing, West coast swing, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Imperial Swag, Boogie-woogie and more.
Even though jazz music was the music generally danced to with the swing, one can dance the swing to pop music, rock and roll and country music. As the music from the 20s changed, the dances did as well. Rhythm & Blues music brought on the Imperial Swing, Rock and Roll brought on Rock and Roll dance, and so on.
Swing dancing grew from the African-American community the way that jazz did. With the help of soldiers during WWII, swing dance spread all over the world. Today, it is still enjoyed as one of the most popular types of dances worldwide.