NEWBIE asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 10 years ago

What is the difference between East coast and west coast swing ?

Also.. What is the difference between the Jitter Bug, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop then east and west swing ???

7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Lindy Hop came first, in the late 1920s and 1930s. The basic is 8-counts.

    East Coast Swing is a swing dance created by ballroom associations in the early 1940s, and was created from a foxtrot variation, but was inspired by Lindy Hop. The basic is 6-counts.

    West Coast Swing is a smooth form of Lindy Hop, that developed in California during the late 1940s and 1950s from the dance techniques of Dean Collins (a Lindy Hopper from the East Coast, who put Lindy in a slot so it could be filmed easily) who was a featured swing dancer in more films than any other dancer of the swing era. West Coast Swing significantly changed in the 1980s and 1990s when dancers started dancing more and more to "pop music" rather than traditional swing, and it is now considered it's own unique dance.

    Jitterbug IS NOT A DANCE!!! The term jitterbug comes from Cab Calloway who wrote the song "Call of the Jitterbug" and did a short film called "Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party". The term refers to a DANCER not a specific dance, so a Jitterbug can dance Lindy Hop or East Coast Swing. If someone was to say "I dance the Jitterbug" the term can be considered a general term for any swing dance (like the difference between Martial Arts and Karate).

    Boogie Woogie is a piano playing style that originated in Texas and became popular during the swing Era. It became a dance form in Europe after the end of WWII, and is a variation of East Coast Swing, and emphasizes energetic footwork. Today, boogie woogie has began introducing more aspects of Lindy Hop.

    ::::Here's What the Different Dances Look Like::::

    Lindy Hop in 1941:

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    Lindy Hop today:

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    However, Lindy Hop does not have to be danced fast. It can be danced to medium and slow tempos:

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    East Coast Swing as a formal ballroom dance:

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    (Outside of the ballroom community, ECS is consider a beginner swing, and is used as a stepping stone for teaching Lindy Hop.)

    The East Coast Swing basic consists of 2 "Triple Steps" and a "Rock Step". Doing 2 "Single Steps" (or "Slow, Slow") and a Rock Step ("Quick, Quick") is just another variation of East Coast Swing and is not a unique dance form.

    West Coast Swing (as you can see, it is not danced to swing music):

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    Jitterbug: Check out this funny Short Film from 1944 about the jitterbug

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    Even though the narrator calls what they are doing "the Jitterbug" all of the dance steps they are doing are from the Lindy Hop.

    Boogie Woogie footwork with Lindy Hop moves:

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    There are other forms of swing dancing than just these.

    For example, there's the Balboa (which focuses on intricate footwork and smooth movements):

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    and Collegiate Shag (which has a hopping basic):

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    Anyways, I hope that helps!

    To talk about all thing swing dance related, head over to the National Swing Dance Forum:

    Source(s): I'm a swing dancer and swing dance historian.
  • joto
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    West Coast Swing Youtube

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Good gawd! What mis-information!!!

    The primary difference between East and West Coast swings is that, in East, the Follower rocks on the right foot on One whereas in West the Follower's right foot is brought forward on One after a finial anchor [TriPleStep]. That might seem like a small difference but, in fact, it's absolutely enormous.

    Each is primarily, not exclusively, a six-count dance. There are countless other differences best seen than described.

    Lacey Schwimmer's presentation of the dance on Dancing With The Stars was choreographed by Ron Montez. Most West Coast Swing dancers regarded the choreography, not Lacey, as a laughable failure to present the dance.

    It was Jack Carey, not Dean Collins, who “put Lindy in a slot so it could be [televised, not] filmed easily”. Because early television cameras were very large and difficult to move, Jack was asked to dance perpendicular to the lens and there was the slot!

    West Coast Swing was created at least four years before Buddy Schwimmer was born! He's credited with the creation of NiteClub TwoStep.

    I learned to dance West Coast Swing in the '50s!

  • Nancy
    Lv 4
    4 years 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.

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  • Lindy Hop has much more 8-count patterns and it is almost equally circular as East Coast Swing. But Lindy Hop has much more charleston sequences and has a lot of tandem charleston variations too. Lindy Hop also has a lot more aerial steps than even Jitterbug.

    Jitterbug is a more bouncy form of single-count East Coast Swing. The continuous bounce action in the rock steps, the side steps and the check steps, as well as the hops, is supposed to create the effect of being a jitterbug. Jitterbug, like Lindy Hop, has almost the same amount of air steps as Lindy hop but slightly less than that.

    East Coast Swing is more circular and often the easier swing style that you will learn. East Coast Swing itself is divided into two parts.....Triple East Coast Swing (1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 6 is the basic rhythm) and the Single East Coast Swing (1 hold 2, 3 hold 4, 5 6 is the basic rhythm). The former type of East Coast is used in slower swing music and blues and rock and roll, while the latter is used for faster swing selections, such as bebops and jump blues numbers.

    Boggie Woogie is a sub-genre of jazz where the piano makes a snaky chromatic pattern in the bass while the upper part plays a highly syncopated jazz rhythm with a lot of eighth notes and grace notes. It falls into the Triple Swing category because of this style. Jerry Lee Lewis is known for one style of boogie woogie. The boogie woogie dance itself is designed to make you want to do freeform shakes to triple count East Coast Swing music.

    West Coast Swing, which was devised by Buddy Schwimmer from California in the 1960s and featured Lacey Schwimmer on Dancing With The Stars about 2008, who was the West Coast Swing Champion, focuses partially on the New York slotted hustle...the West Coast Swing dance focuses on the slot, and often the leader "rents" the slot while the lady "owns" its various passes and turns, such as the Left Side Pass, the Right Side Pass, and the Basket Whip. Like East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, there are 8 count patterns (Regular Whip, Basket Whip) but they are much less than other swing styles...most of the West Coast Swing patterns are 6-count patterns.

    Hope all of this helps.

  • Melody
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    To be honest, I don't think so

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    I do not consider that to be right

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