Here we'll attempt to define the dance and its origins as briefly as possible

West Coast Swing is a Dancer's Dance.

It can be danced to most styles of music from blues through rock'n'roll and swing to country, jazz and ballroom music. It works best when lead and follow have a good partner connection as then it can be danced to the music playing, as opposed to two dancers following a set routine requiring only that each remember what comes next.

Its origins lie back in the 1950's when dancers started changing their swing dancing so the follower always walked forward two steps instead of rock stepping or twisting as was the norm in lindy hop and boogie woogie. Over the intervening years, it has developed and fine tuned itself into the stylish dance we know today. A good authentic history of it's origins can be found on Skippy Blair's website [click here] as she was one of the originators of the dance and is still involved in the dance.

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