Swing dancers are pretty easy to spot on the dance floor..look for the couple with the biggest smiles having the most fun. Swing dance is characterized by lots of swinging, flipping and throwing of dancers. Because it is a non-progressive dance style because it is mostly performed in one spot, it is a popular dance for a crowded dance floor. Swing is a quick, fast-paced dance. Couples hold hands as opposed to placing hands on the shoulders or around the waist, as ballroom dancers do. Swing dancing takes a little practice, but once you learn the steps, you may never want to stop swinging.

Here’s a description of the various Swing dances taught at Dance Bethesda.

EAST COAST SWING  – The East Coast Swing is the perfect beginner’s Swing dance, and will establish the basic swing tempo and movements. This high-spirited dance will have you skipping, rocking, and twirling the night away on the dance floor.

WEST COAST SWING  – Slick, sexy, and smooth, this partner dance will have you mesmerized by its blues-based tempos and infinite variations on the dance floor. Whether done to moderate or slow tempos, the fun of this dance is improvising and freely moving to the flow of the music.

LINDY HOP  – The originator of the Swing dancing movement, Lindy Hop – also known as the Jitterbug — was developed in New York City by the African American community. This upbeat and acrobatic dance is constantly evolving, leaving dancers with plenty of room for creativity.


Check out our class schedule for our Latin dance offerings this month.