Long story short, we teach swing and blues dancing! 🙂
Swing dance is an umbrella term for a group of Afro-American dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s–1950s, with the origins of each dance predating the popular swing era during the Great Depression in the United States. Nowadays, most popular partnered swing dances are Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag and Balboa. Additionally, Charleston can be danced solo as part of the broader dance category; Solo Jazz.
Blues dance is a family of African-American vernacular dances including social dances and movements that grew alongside the many styles of blues music throughout the United States.
Also known as the happiest of all dances, it is characteristic of Lindy Hop to have a therapeutic effect for people dancing it! On contrary to the common belief of the outsider, Lindy Hop can be danced to a wide range of tempos, sometimes being rather smooth and gentle and sometimes full of joy, energy and authentic craziness! 🙂
Vintage example of swing dance
Modern example of swing dance
Thinking about the famous twist, wild kicks and elegant style of the 1920s? Yes, you are right! Charleston is a swing dance usually danced to slightly faster tempos. Like all other swing dances, Charleston concentrates on improvisation, effortlessness and musical interpretation of Swing Jazz.
Everything beautiful about swing dancing when it is danced solo could be called Solo Jazz. In Swing Philosophy, our motto for Solo Jazz is:
We dance solo, together!
Blues dancing encapsulates elegant, funny or raw form of movement to blues music. Although not officially being a swing dance, Blues includes many similar characteristics to swing dances, such as high importance of improvisation, slightly bent-knee posture and many more! After all, it is yet another dance form with African origin!
Chicago Style Example
Jazzy Style Example