Swing music was made for dancing. It’s hard to keep still when Benny Goodman’s in the house. From the East Coast to the West, every cool cat was swinging to the music in 1938, the year of Radio Girl.
Behold, some of the popular dances! Note that many of these were in fashion from the 1920s all the way into the 1950s. That’s popular!
The Lindy Hop, (for whatever reason, this video points out that this clip is danced by “black teens.” I don’t see why indicating their race was necessary, but it’s such a great demonstration of the basic dance.)
(Sorry about the ad.)
The Jitterbug! A modern-day contest with some fancy moves thrown in . . .
The Collegiate Shag, a new video made to look old –>
(More ads. Sorry.)
And there were quite a few more! See more dance steps from the 1930s
A little something extra here. The Jitterbug Stroll. Usually done as a line dance, this isn’t actually from the Swing Era, but it’s just so fun! Yowsah!
Tell me that Jitterbug Stroll song isn’t stuck in your head now. The composer/singer is jazz dance instructor Steven Mitchell. Here’s his website.
2 thoughts on “Jitterbugs, Hops, Strolls, Shags and Swings”
Oh, Carol!!! What great videos!! And yes, that song is stuck in my head. I love the “Suzie Q” (spelling?) part. So much fun!!! And what a workout!
Thanks, L.! Y’know, I think I could actually handle the steps of that stroll.
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