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What is Swing?

Swing, these are the sounds of big bands, ripples to the rhythm of saxophones and clarinets, wild parties, beautiful ladies and elegant gentlemen… in short, nobility itself! The name itself suggests that we will swing like on a swing and roar on the waves of the swing. It evolved from jazz music in the 1920s in New York and gradually gained in popularity. During the war, it reached its peak thanks to legendary singers such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and, of course, the unforgettable big bands Benny Goodmen, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and other great musicians. Over time, thanks to the Hollywood swing, it became known to the general public and talk began about the Swing era. It has become a lifestyle. It was no longer just about music, but also about dress, philosophy and especially dance.

Charleston 20s

Such street dance was in its twenties or twisting Charleston, it was widespread and very popular not only on the streets, but also in Harlem clubs. Most swing dances are based on it. He can also dance in pairs, but we usually meet him solo. You remember the famous song: Grandma, teach me Charleston! Or the movie Great Gatsby? That’s the dance!

Lindy Hop

Twenty charleston gradually evolved from fly charleston, or kicking charleston, which later merged with break away, which resulted in today’s most popular swing dance called lindy hop. Its main characters were Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Ali Minns, Leon James, Willa Mae Ricker. They were part of Whiteys Lindyhoppers, a group of black dancers who brought elements of acrobatics and an appropriate dose of swing wilderness into the dance. It gradually gained popularity among the white population in America. It gave him a slightly sleeker character. Today we call this style LA style lindy hop.

 
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Balboa

In addition to lindy hop, however, other types of swing dances began to develop independently in various parts of America. In the 1930s, the ballrooms began to crack at the seams because lindy hop was wild and space-consuming. On the Balboa Peninsula in New Port beach, California, they solved it very much. In response to the crowded halls, they invented a new style of economical dance, which they named after Balboa. Very small and fast steps and closed posture, allowed them to dance to even the fastest songs.

 

Collegiate Shag

The savagery and madness of the youth was fully manifested in this very brisk dance, which arose from the ranks of university students. He was totally spontaneous and disorganized until Arthur Murray invited a group of students who fascinated him, but at the same time he could not match their steps to any known dance. So he decided to make a short instructional film with them about a new dance called Collegiate shag. Its current appearance is stylistically different from the original instructional video, but the basis is still the same. It is currently very popular all over the world. The largest festivals take place in Warsaw, Barcelona and Los Angeles.

 

Boogie Woogie

A style of music based on blues. In the 1950s, it became very popular thanks to rock and roll. Thanks to the new style of music, dance gradually changed. Europeans adapted their basic posture, six-stroke rhythm and treads, and so Linda Hop gradually evolved into a Boogie Woogie. It is currently considered a sport dance and competitions are held there. However, you can also dance as a social dance. This means that the dance is not choreographically focused, but is based on the ability to lead and follow both partners.

Sólo Jazz 

It uses the steps of various jazz dances (charleston, peabody, fox trot) and routines (shim sham, tranky doo, big apple, mama stew…), which combines each other and creates new and new possibilities of dance expression. If you are a dancing individual and you need your creative space, then this is for you. Solo gives freedom of speech and helps to express musicality in other types of dances.