Boogie Woogie: from ‘Barrelhouse’ to dancesport sensation

Boogie Woogie

The term Boogie Woogie indicates both a dance and musical style. The music has its roots in the Blues and is characterized by a frenetic and driving rhythm most commonly associated with the piano. The dance evolved a little later and was heavily influenced by Swing dances of the time like Lindy Hop and Jitterbug […]

Balboa: the elegant and sophisticated swing dance


Balboa is a form of Swing dance that originated in Southern California in the 1920s and 1930s and went on to flourish in the 1930s and 1940s. As a branch of Swing it bears certain similarities to the Lindy Hop and Charleston, however its close connection between partners, and small defined footwork distinguishes this dance […]

Charleston: the dance of a decade


The Charleston is a style of dance that became popular in America in the 1920s alongside the birth of Jazz. Characterised by lively and frenetic movements, the Charleston was considered wild in its time, and greatly contributed to the evolution of Swing dancing. In its various guises, the dance remained in vogue up until the […]

Lindy Hop: origins and idiosyncrasies of the mother of all swing dances

lindy hop

Of all of the swing dances, Lindy Hop is probably the most famous. Lindy Hop is a partner dance of African-American origin that emerged in New York towards the end of the 1920s. It combined movements of African dances with the structure of European dances. It was a phenomenon that transversed racial barriers in the […]