Monday, December 2, 2019

Swing Music Essays - Social Dance, Ballroom Dance, Dancesport

Swing Music Swing Music During the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties a certain style of music became very popular. This style of music became known as swing. It was performed using rhythmic 'riffs' and is referred to a style of dance and band arrangements. America maintained swing's popularity throughout the World War Two years when both large and small ensembles toured Army and Navy camps both at home and abroad. At home, swing was heard at bond sale rallies and community concerts. The new sub-culture of women workers also adapted boogie-woogie and other novelty and jive styles. There are two forms of swing; performed swing and recorded swing. Recorded swing was stricter, and performed swing allowed much more improvisation. Recorded swing songs were composed of tightly written 3-minute arrangements. Performed swing songs were heard at live performances, like dances or over the radio. They allowed for open-ended arrangements, which accustomed more improvisations. These two forms, although both swing music, are very different in the ways and techniques they are performed and heard. Dancing is a very big part of swing music. A person rarely ever thinks of swing music without swing dancing. Swing music became popular at every event from New York's swankiest nightclubs to school proms. Every portion of society found some form of swing music suitable for their dancing. There are many types of swing dancing. One type is Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop is swing dance full of fancy kicks. It is swing dance that is in clubs and now advertising in Gap commercials. Swing got started in Harlem in the late 1920's. It features plenty of high-kicking Charleston steps, hopping and high-flying lifts and air steps. They were developed by dance legend Frankie Mannigan in the 1930's. It is danced with an eight- count basis, which means that patterns occur in series of eight steps, although six-count patterns crop up. A popular form is the Smooth Lindy, which is basically a Lindy with no kicking patterns or Charleston. East Coast swing, otherwise known as the Jitterbug is another type of swing dancing. It is more social and less acrobatic. Although this style of swing is what most people learn at first, it is not really a swing-era dance. (This dance is learned as, One and two, three and four, rock-step.) Most swing dance had an eight-count rhythm. (Counting to eight, with each beat equal to one step.) With the evolution of the 12-bar blues, however, the jitterbug lost two counts and became the dance of early rock-and-roll. It is taught as a swing dance, however, because it is much easier to grasp than the Lindy. This dance was not created until the 1950's. The version that is taught most often is done to fast big-band music and is also called East Coast Swing. Another type of swing is West Coast Swing. It is a six-count or eight-count dance where the man moves the woman in a straight line, the slot, while he steps out of the way, instead of the circular patterns of the Lindy Hop. The dance is also danced to much slower music than East Coast which allows for more time for intricate steps and synchronized movements between partners. Hand Dancing is another type of swing dancing. This dance developed in the D.C. area in Wahsington's African American community. It was developed in the 1950's and is still primarily danced by African Americans. It is actually closer to the West Coast Swing than Lindy, because hand dancing's turns and movements are more elegant looking than its fast-paced relatives. Most patterns, including turns, are done while holding hands, hence, which gives this dance its name. One other type of swing dancing is the Hustle. This style of music is a combination of pumping disco with flashy moves. Many people relate this style of music with the Travolta time era. Although this type of swing dancing was developed after the main swing years, it is what kept swing dancing alive during the 1970s and early 80s. There are many forms of swing dance and people choose the style that appeals to their tastes and where they live. East Coast Swingers seem to think that West Coast Swingers are over sexual, while West Coast Swinger aficionados find

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