What is a swing dance?
Swing dance styles

Swing dances

We invite everyone to learn swing dancing - a group of improvisational social dances, which are actively reviving and gaining huge popularity around the world now.

What is a swing dance?

Swing in Moscow dance school invites everyone to learn swing dancing - a group of improvisational social dances, which are actively reviving and gaining huge popularity around the world now.

Christian Bale dances swing in the "Swing Kids" movie (1993).
Christian Bale dances swing in the "Swing Kids" movie (1993).

You could see scenes with swing dances in La La Land, Chicago, Swing Kids and many other movies devoted of the era 1920s-1960s. Small fragments and sometimes even whole stories about dances also can be found in the novels of Bradbury, Salinger, King and other classics.

People dance swing on jazz, blues and rock'n'roll music parties. Swing dance receives its' name because of specific swingin' rhythm which is usual for these musical genres. But it continues to evolve, and swing dancers start to dance to rhythm'n'blues, electroswing and other modern music.

Improvisation and sociality are the main benefits of any kind of swing dance. After some lessons, you can dance without memorization specific choreography and create each dancing in a new way. But the most important - you can dance with any person all over the world.

The swing dancing includes a number of dance styles. Some of them have already received wide recognition. For example, youve heard about Charleston, Lindy hop (partnered jazz dance) or Boogie Woogie (rock'n'roll). However, such dances as Blues, Shag or Balboa are still unknown to many people.

Willa Mae Ricker and Leon James dance Lindy Hop for the "Life" magazine photo shoot (1943).
Willa Mae Ricker and Leon James dance Lindy Hop for the "Life" magazine photo shoot (1943).

All these dance styles are related and differ only in nuances of body positions, movements type or leading-following all that arising during the historical and cultural development of society.

However, these dance styles are studied separately in regular schools. In our view, it narrows students' horizon or forces them to pay and attend the lessons of several teachers, which often keep saying the same things.

We dont agree with this approach and can proudly say that Swing in Moscow is the first dance school in the world, where each group's students gradually learn all the swing dances. Read more about it on the page "How do we teach?".

What dances you can learn at our school?

You can learn all of the following swing dances gradually at our dance school. Detailed information about each of it can be obtained by clicking on its' name.