What is West Coast Swing?
- West Coast Swing is a term that refers to the dance that evolved from Lindy Hop on the West Coast in California and continues to thrive today.
- It is considered a living dance because it continues to evolve with contemporary music.
- West Coast Swing is perfect for medium tempo music (100-130 BPM's) including blues, R&B, soul, pop, rock and hip-hop.
- It started as a smooth form of Lindy hop in the late 1950's and early sixties but dancers insisted on a more upright posture and a mixture of six and eight beat patterns.
- It is danced in a slot like the Lindy hop and has a great deal of variation as the dancer is encouraged to respond to the music, sometimes referred to as "musicality".
The best way to know west coast swing is to see it dancedBeginner West Coast Swing Demo
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West Coast Swing Demo (2)