Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 1 decade ago

What are the differences between East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing?

And any other type of swing for that matter

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago

    I'll also add that there are different musical styles underlying the dances. East Coast Swing works well with faster 50's rockabilly (early rock and roll) or neo-swing. West Coast swing adapts much better to contemporary, slower tempo dance music you might encounter on a bar juke box (if you can find one).

    West coast swing also has a more rounded style of movement as compared to something like Hollywood style Lindy hop, which stays more slotted.

  • 1 decade ago

    The primary differences between East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing are tempo and styling. East Coast Swing (ECS) is generally danced to faster music (135-165 bpm for triple-time swing, 165-240 bpm for single-time swing), mainly blues and jazz, although you can also use it for some rock and roll. West Coast Swing (WCS) music is usually 85-130 bpm, and includes a wider variety of genres: blues, jazz, pop, hip hop, and soul. The body shaping and technique of ECS give it a lilting up-and-down movement, while WCS should be smoother, with no bouncing. Also, WCS is always danced in a slot --- the follow travels from one end of the slot to the other, while the leader spends most of his time centered between the two ends of the slot. ECS uses a more circular space on the dance floor. ECS is primarily six-count patterns, but both a triple step, triple step, rock step rhythm and a slow, slow, rock step rhythm are referred to as ECS. WCS is composed of both six-count and eight-count patterns.

    There are lots of other swing styles, including Charleston, lindy hop, balboa, rock 'n roll, the various types of shag, etc. Wikipedia gives a reasonably good rundown here:

  • tman
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    the east coast swing is a tripple step and the west coast has an 8 count, there is also a jitterbug and the lindy which are other variations of the swing

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can get a good overview at

    YouTube is littered with videos of various swing styles, and luckily several actually teach you the steps. I wish I could find my favorite video which showed the differences between east, west, and Chicago style.. Maybe you will have better luck than I searching for it.

  • 3 years ago

    West Coast Swing Tutorial

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