If you’re like most lindy hoppers, you probably didn’t grow up with swing music; yet there is something so natural and familiar about it. With its driving rhythm our bodies tend to synchronize with the music, and then the playfulness of it just takes over and makes us want to stomp our feet, clap our hands and simply MOVE! Swing dancing is an art form that came out of satisfying this natural desire to move. In this video you can hear a beautiful piece of music played live, and four fantastic dancers performing to it.
There’s something amazing about the 1920s – 1940s era; from the birth of swing through the famous big band era, incredible music flooded all of popular culture, brought to us by legendary swing musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Benny Goodman to mention just a few. This is why most artists today, both dancers and musicians, spend a lot of effort learning from these legends in order to continue the art form as it was in its glory days. However, consistent with the original spirit of swing dance and music, we also push for further development and making something new with it! Here are few clips that can give you an impression:
With SwingStep, you’ll learn the techniques to comfortably dance to any tempo of swing music. At each tempo of music, you’ll both get the “easy-does-it” steps as well as the fancy treasures that make people go “wow”. This combination will enrich your swing dance experience tremendously as you will always be able to hop on the dance floor if you wish to.
Sometimes it’s slow and full of little nuances that you can play with, as you’ll see in this wonderful clip.
Other times, the music can be slightly faster like you see in this video, danced by the SwingStep team.
Every once in a while it’s fast… really fast!
Here are some musical selections that you can use for yourself when you want to practice or simply listen to some good Swing music. Of course, the amount of Swing music out there is huge, so what you find here is just a very little taste. Also tastes are quite different, so we simply tried to find a slice of the music that our team enjoys and uses while teaching and DJing. Also tastes change and so will our playlists from time to time. To give you the best flexibility, we added the playlists for immediate playing with Deezer*, links that let you open the playlists both in Deezer and Spotify and also the plain text song list, in case you want to find the song on your own.
* You can listen to the playlists as radios, even if you don’t have an account on Deezer, but as soon as you skip a song the player switches into a 30 second prelisten mode.