Jess asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 1 decade ago

what if the difference between east coast and west coast swing?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here's the deal, there's basically 3 major types of swing dance you can learn (not 2).

    East Coast Swing:

    This is the easiest to learn as a beginner. It's a 6-count basic, and stays in that basic. It's also a standard ballroom dance, and is very easy to find a teacher.

    Here's how to dance it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuCqgF90HFs

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    Here's how it looks:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG_XCMuePO0

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    Now, unless you're going into competitive ballroom, there's really no reason to stick with learning ONLY east coast, you'll want to move on to West Coast Swing or Lindy Hop. How do you choose? That depends on what kind of music you like to dance to.

    Lindy Hop is the original swing dance that developed out of the Charleston in Harlem. It's almost always danced to what's considered "swing music" by most people's standards. It's and 8 count dance that can have different variations.

    Here's how to dance it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVJu2q1cgcg

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    Here's what it looks like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myJj0mNNe1Y

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    West Coast Swing evolved from Lindy Hop after the swing era started to decline. The dance has become much different although it is still very similar to lindy hop especially regarding the basic footwork. It's more normally danced to pop, country, and blues music.

    Here's what it looks like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3ZxiPKmacg

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    Ofcourse, you can always learn all of them, in addition you can learn other swing type dances like Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Carolina Shag.

    I hope that helps!

    Source(s): I'm a swing dancer.
  • byerly
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Youtube West Coast Swing

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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All the description in the world won't be as instructive as a few minutes' dancing them, but western swing is a slot dance, more back-and-forth, compared to the more rotational look and feel of the older form.

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