TAKE ME out to THE BALL GAME regular dance. Please wear your Cardinal Baseball Red colors. The club will supply hot dogs, buns, popcorn and soda. Please bring a dish to share!
Our swing dance DJ will be Lisa Gendron. She is also the DJ for the Rebels west coast swing dance club.
The club would like your comments and other feedback.
1. Request your favorite swing dance songs for the DJ.
2. Request your favorite line dances.
3. Ask questions about swing dance lessons.
Click the “comment” in the left column to see other people’s comments or to add your own comment to the list.
All regular dances held at the VFW Post
2301 Church Rd. in Arnold from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Free soda & popcorn-cash bar
Free beginning imperial swing lessons from 6:00 to 7:00
We will also be teaching other classes which are to be determined
Apr 9th May 14th
East Coast Vs. West Coast Swing: What’s the Difference?
When people see that we teach both East and West Coast Swing at the Jefferson County Swing Dance Club, their first reaction is often, “What’s the difference?” Because a lot a beginning dancers assume that “swing dancing” in itself is a singular dance style, they don’t realize that there is more than one type.
West Coast Swing is generally seen as a slower, more formal swing style than East Coast, although they are both fun dances. Unlike the circular patterns of East Coast Swing, West Coast dancers often staying within a specific rectangular slot on the dance floor, moving in an up and down section.
St Louis Imperial Swing Dance is halfway between east coast swing dance and west coast swing dance. It uses the east coast swing dance footwork and faster tempo, but uses the west coast swing dance slot pattern with west coast swing dance turns.
A non-dancer cannot tell the difference between a west coast basic move and an east coast sugar push. But to the dancers, there is a huge difference.
The East Coast style of Swing is made up of two triple steps and one rock step.
The West Coast style of Swing is made up of two walking steps and *two triple steps.
- East Coast Swing is a simpler 6-count variation that spawned from the six-count variations of the Lindy Hop. It evolved with swing-band music of the 1940s and the work of the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940s. It is also known as Six-count Swing, Triple-Step Swing, or Single-Time Swing. East Coast Swing has very simple structure and footwork along with basic moves and styling. It is popular for its simple nature and is often danced to slow, medium, or fast tempo jazz, blues, or rock and roll. Occasionally, Rockabilly, aka Rock-a-billy, is mistaken for East Coast Swing, but Rockabilly is more closely related to Western Swing.
- West Coast Swing was developed in the 1940s, as a stylistic variation on the Los Angeles style of the Lindy Hop. It is a slotted dance and is done to a wide variety of music including: blues, rock and roll, country western, pop, hip hop, smooth, cool jazz, R& B, and funk music. It is popular throughout the United States and Canada but was uncommon in Europe and much of Asia until the 21st Century. West-coast-swing communities are growing in Australia, Brazil, France, India, New Zealand, Ukraine, Romania, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.