History of Dance

After WW1, the dance halls were jam-packed with dancers simply forgetting their worries. Musicians were some of the best players and improvisers of all time and the Jazz, Charleston, Swing, Boogie Woogie n' Rock n' Roll was music, at its finest.

  • Ballroom Dances.  Elegant and flowing, some gentle, some fast paced. Grace and glamour after the turn of the century.
  • Latin Dances. Rhythmic dances originating from exotic countries, again, some slow and romantic, some quick and cheeky.  Strong leg work resulted in great hip action.
  • 20s Charleston. A high energy dance, it used loads of long kicks and body twists. With an 8-beat rhythm, it travelled forwards and backwards. Danced solo or as a couple, it was both cute and sleek.
  • 1930s Charleston. Still with 8-beats and still going backwards and forwards, now it included small Flick Kicks and really straight lines instead.
  • The Collegiate Shag. Despite being danced really fast, with a 6-beat rhythm, with all these little kicks you hardly moved about at all.
  • Balboa & Bal-Swing. For when there was no space on the dance floor or when you were tired. Clever 8-beat rhythm footwork but a really tight partner hold.
  • LindyHop. Mixing 6 beat and 8 beat rhythms it included amazing kicks, jumps, airsteps and fast turns.
  • Jitterbug or West Coast Swing Jive. With a 6 beat rhythm it allowed LindyHop style moves but took up less space. Very similar to Ballroom Jive.
  • Boogie Woogie. Great fun, it included more of an improvisational style with moves such as RubberLegs and SwivelSteps.
  • Modern Jive or East Coast Swing. With a 6-beat rhythm, this was slower and easier - so you could dance to really fast records.
  • Rock n' Roll. With sharp Flick Kicks and a 6-beat rhythm, this was fast paced.