Video Clips

I am frequently contacted about dance lessons by people that are unsure of the different styles of dance. Sometimes they have seen something that they like when they were out dancing, but have no idea WHAT it was. I have started to put together and create video clips of the various dance styles that Lessons in Dance offers so that you are able to choose the style of dance that you are interested in taking lessons. Some of these videos are pretty old, but it will at least give you an idea of the difference between some of the dances until I can get my newer videos edited for publishing. Enjoy!

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing originated from a dance known as the Savoy Style Lindy. It is a higly stylized form of swing that is identifiable by its slot and relationship between syncopations and musical interpretation. For an in depth history on West Coast Swing and other genres of dance, visit Sonny Watson's StreetSwing webpage.

Hustle

Hustle was originally a line dance by the same name. The couples dance that uses the name is a mixture of latin and swing. It is danced to music that has a continuous "thump-thump" quality rather than a "tick-tock" alternating beat. LA Hustle is slotted, rather than rotating. NY Hustle has a rotating slot with more footwork.

Night Club Two Step

Night Club Two Step was developed by Buddy Schwimmer in 1965 and when he opened his dance studio in Costa Mesa, CA, he began teaching the dance. It is perfect for medium and slow music and can be danced in night clubs as well as ballrooms and weddings. The basic step occupies 4 beats of music and originally was conceived to follow the Quick, Quick, Slow footwork. Many people now dance with a big sweeping feeling to much slower music.

Country Two Step

Two Step is a partner dance most popular with Country Western dancing. The basic step occupies 6 beats of music and consists of 2 quick steps (1 beat of music per step) and 2 slow steps (2 beats of music per step). Two Step incorporates many turns, ducks, tunnels, and varieties of arm and body positioning making it a very playful dance.

Cha-cha

Cha-cha seems to have inherited its styling from the rumba and the mambo. It is a latin dance performed with the feet remaining close to the floor with the dancer relaxing thier hips to allow free movement in the pelvic section. The upper body shifts over the supporting foot as the steps are taken.

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing was derived from Lindy Hop and has been incorrectly called the Jitterbug. It uses 6-count timing and teaches the essential swing rhthym in a simplistic form. East Coast Swing is much easier to learn thanthe original forms of swing such as Shag, Lindy, and West Coast.