East Coast Swing

This dance is regularly referred to as a triple step swing due to the rhythm of its basic 1-2-3 step. East Coast swing requires a rock step back by both the man and women to begin and consists of six and eight count patterns. This circular dance is moved with a bounce and is very grounded and not high in the legs. This bounce requires the dancer to stay very smooth and not jump around much. East Coast swing is the base for all swing dances.

West Coast Swing

Consisting of six and eight count patterns, the West Coast swing is done in a slot. The rhythm is generally done to medium tempo swing, which is most of the time slower than the East Coast swing. However, high qualified west coast dancers perform this dance in a faster tempo music. The dance has a very smooth feel and no bounce. You will rarely see high kicks or moves which require the performer to leave the dance floor.

The Hustle

The hustle, known as disco, and part of the swing family, is similar to the West Coast swing pattern. In the 1970s, its distinct flavor, using disco style music and revived partner style were well appreciated from nightclub dancer. Hustle is also danced to the contemporary pop dance music of the last 20 years. The dance is fast and smooth, the lady spins almost constantly while the man draws her close and sends her away.

The Jive

Jive is a European version of East Coast swing and is composed of the sane six and eight count pattern. This dance makes its difference with its bouncy sharp kicks and flicks. Unlike East Coast swing, jive is danced to a faster tempo swing music and is meant for competitive style dancing.

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