Swing is an American Rhythm Dance based on a foundation of 6-beat and 8-beat patterns that incorporate a wide variety of rhythms built on 2-beat single, delayed, double, triple, and blank rhythm units. The 6-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, passes, underarm turns, push-breaks, open-to closed, and closed-to-open position patterns. The 8-beat patterns include, but are not limited to, whips, swing-outs, Lindy circles, and Shag pivots. Although they are not part of the foundation of the dance as stated above, 2- beat and 4-beat extension rhythm breaks may be incorporated to extend a pattern, to phrase the music, and/or to accent breaks.
West Coast Swing is characterized by its slotted spacing, leveraged movements, and improvisation. Derived from Lindy Hop Swing, West Coast Swing was established in California and later declared the official state dance. Known for a smoother style and adaptability, it is danced to a wide range of musical genres. From its earlier years in Big Band Jazz, West Coast Swing music has crossed into Blues, Disco, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Pop Contemporary music. It continues to grow in popularity as the style has adapted to people of all types and ages not only in Utah but around the world.
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