Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is an 8-count dance which can be a bit more difficult to learn than East Coast. That being said, the difficulty is more than made up for by its flexibility and style. Lindy Hop can be danced to a wide range of tempos. Check out this video of two great dancers, Kevin St. Laurent + Jo Hoffberg:

East Coast

6 count swing, often referred to as “east coast“, is a simplified, easy-to-learn swing dance which is good for beginners. It is based on a six-count step and can be danced to fairly fast music (150-200 bpm). The six-count steps are part of lindy hop, but are also known separately as variations of east coast swing.


The Charleston is probably what comes to mind when you think of the 1920’s and “flappers“. However, Charleston continued to evolve into the 1940’s and beyond. We teach lessons in a variety of solo & partner Charleston styles.  Check out this video of Sophie Ellis-Bextor & Brendan dancing the Charleston for “Strictly Come Dancing” BBC:


Balboa is often danced to fast music (190-300 bpm). It is danced in close contact with your partner and is suitable for packed dance halls.  Below is a video of Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault dancing at the Prague Swing Festival:

4 thoughts on “Dances

  1. My gf and I are wanting to attend the Wednesday beginners class at 8pm..we are wondering if there is a curtain type of shoe needed? Or will a new pair of converses do fine for the both of us?

    • Hi and welcome! Yes, converses sound great for your first class. Beginner students typically wear a type of Keds or a light sneaker, so you should be fine! See you tomorrow :)

  2. Thank goodness found a group!! Went to college and took swing dance during my final year and haven’t found anywhere to go to continue… hopefully make it to the next Wednesday, though pretty rusty!!!

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