6 count swing, often referred to as "east coast", is a simplified, easy-to-learn swing dance which is good for beginners. It is based on a six-count step and can be danced to fairly fast music (150-200 bpm). The six-count steps are part of lindy hop, but are also known separately as variations of east coast swing.
Lindy Hop is an 8 count dance which can be a bit more difficult to learn than East Coast. But the difficulty is more than made up for by its flexibility and style. Lindy Hop can be danced to a wide range of tempos.
We currently offer a Beginning Lindy series every month.
The Charleston is probably what comes to mind when you think of the 1920's and "flappers". However, Charleston continued to evolve into the 1940's and beyond. We teach lessons in a variety of solo & partner Charleston styles.
Balboa is often danced to fast music (190-300 bpm). It is danced in contact with your partner and is suitable for packed dance halls.
We offer a variety of vintage and modern blues dances such as drag blues, slow drag, ballroomin', shake, jukin' and more. Drag blues, or slow drag is best suited for slower tempo jazz songs. Like balboa, it is danced in contact with your partner. This dance is vintage in nature, but has also been absorbed into modern blues dancing as well.
We also teach various solo jazz routines & group dances such as Shim Sham and Big Apple which are occasionally done on Wednesday nights. Steps from these dances can give you lots of ideas for styling and improvisation in your other swing dancing!