Swing dancing is a broad umbrella term that covers a range of dances that have evolved over time to suit changing popular music.
Swing dancing began in the US in the 1920's with the
Charleston and the
Lindy Hop. In the 1930's a smoother style - the Savoy style of Lindy emerged, and in the 40's, this more laid back style became the basis for what is still known as
West Coast Swing.
At the same time (1940's) social freestyle ballroom studios adapted and 'refined' these dances into forms that were easier and more practical for students. This collection of swing dances comprise
East Coast Swing and include single, double and triple rhythm styles.
The double rhythm style is often recognized as '
Rock n Roll' while the triple