What is Swing dancing?

Swing dancing refers to a group of dances that are all danced to swing music of the 1920s-1940s. These include Lindy hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and Blues.

Lindy Hop

Lindy hop is an improvised partner dance which developed alongside the jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s in Harlem, New York. Tap steps and Charleston moves are incorporated to make it a fun, energetic and sometimes flashy dance! It is now a popular dance around the world.


The Charleston became popular in the 1920s and was danced to ragtime jazz music. It can be danced solo or with a partner.


Balboa is another partnered swing dance which originated in Southern California in the 1920s as a response to overcrowded ballrooms. Pure Balboa is danced in a close embrace and the focus is on footwork variations and simple, elegant movements as a couple. Bal-swing allows for more variation in turns and spins as lead and follow break away from the close embrace. The two forms are commonly danced together to music of both slow and very fast tempos.