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East Coast Swing

Designed for the general public that couldn't master the more difficult Lindy Hop. Swing's six-count "back step side side" is easy to master first time out on the dance floor. Most Swing venues in Portland teach a 1-hour walk-in lesson in this style. Easy to learn, very wide common denominator. Everyone knows the swing. All you have to do is bounce!

The Lindy Hop can be danced to any Swing music and Swing can be danced to any Lindy Hop music. Remember to bounce!

Seattle couple dancing the
East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing Dancing Illustration
The Lindy Hop

The Lindy Thesis

Lindy Hop Dancing Illustration

Walk walk triple step walk walk triple step. . . .one of the most difficult to master because this 8 count dance switches the rock foot every triple step. . .Both dance a different step at the same time they circle . . .no other dance allows the follow to wiggle her behind so much (called "switches")--a definite signature of the Lindy Hop. . .Start by learning the 6-count or "East Coast" . . .Fall back on the East Coast to catch your breath or talk. You can dance the Lindy you can dance anything. . .You can dance the Lindy to anything, even the Waltz. . .Can't dance the Lindy? It's just as fun to watch and the good dancers know it. Lots of Poser Lindy (who are we to say), lots of Crazy Lindy, lots of Hybrid Lindy. Everything Ballroom isn't. . . See through the debutantes and the winos and transcend your honky white ass klump klump to bouncefloat in a crouched mode to the rhythms of the Big Band Swing Era! Create new steps right there while you're dancing. Clown, Jazz, Social, Ultimate. . . .The Day Dancing Began. . . . .The Lindy Hop.

Advice to Beginners: Double your lessons. Keep bouncing.
Advice to Intermediates: Quit looking at your butt and the floor.