Swing - Introduction
Just a few introductory film clips ...
1  Ladies - imagine yourself sitting in the
     secretary’s seat - then take the trip of a
     lifetime back to the Swing dance era !
2  Groovie Movie (1942) - tracing the morphing
     of early dance styles into Swing

Swing - Film Classics
Most early forms of Swing dance seen in film were fast & with a tendency for exhibitionism.
3  A day at the Races (1937)
4  Hellzapoppin' (1941)
5  Bowery Boys (1943) - Saturday Night Fever
6  Swing Fever (1944) - one girl & two boys
7  Twice Blessed (1945)
8  Killer Diller (1948)
9  Malcolm X (1992)
10  Swing Kids (1993) - Germany 1930’s
11  Maharaja (1943) - pity the band & Betty!
12 The Powers Girl (1943) - Benny Goodman
13 Blondie meets the boss (1939) - Collegiate Shag
14 Swing Dancing Old Days
15 The Fighting Seabees (1944) - John Wayne !

Lindy Hop
The most popular Swing dance revival style. In practice, aerials are far less common than seen here
16  Charleston meets Lindy Hop
17  Fast & furious with plenty of aerials
18  Dax & Alice
19  Kevin & Carla
20  Juan & Sharon - teachers at Stompin East 2008
21  Pro Lindy finals with aerials galore
22  Zack & Carla
23  Doug & Dax - Dances with fishes !
24  Swing moves that never quite caught on
25 Dancing chaos in Singapore
26 GAP commercial
27 Mad Dog - more aerials
28 acrobatic & flying Lindy - wow !
29 Flat Foot Floogie
30 Strictly Come Dancing - final 2009
31 Yanet & Robbie - So you think you can dance
32 Stockholm 2008. Serious stuff!
33 Lindy with a touch of Bal
34 Ben Morris & Carla Heiney (Slinky smoooth!)
35 Nick Williams and Carla Heiney
36 Todd & Naomi
37 Last Chance Round - so slow!
38 Kevin and Emily
39 Chiles and Rosanne
40 Joel and Lenka
41 Max and Annie
42 Max and Annie
43 Max & Annie
44 Zack & Maryse
45 Oskar & Mikaela
46 ILHC 2009 Lindy Pro Finals - Fast
47 One2Swing Jitterbugs

Balboa / Bal-swing
In pure Balboa the dancers are in a close embrace.  Bal-Swing includes other Swing-dance steps.
     (See also "Other Swing")
48  Bobby & Kate - pure Balboa then Bal-Swing
49  Mickey & Kelley - superb !
50  Randy & Kara
51  Nick & Sylvia - masterful use of hesitation timing
52  Steve & Heidi
53  Competition - last couple in blue worth the wait !
54  Mickey & Kelley - champions
55  Bernard & Anne-Helene
56  Larry & Mindy - mainly pure Balboa
57 Having fun
58 Formation team
59 Ivett-Zsolti - highly entertaining
60 Marty and Jen
61 Mickey and Kelly - technically stunning
62 Vincenzo Fesi & Isabella Gregorio
63 Todd & Mia
64 Dan & Jessica - demo for beginners
65 Nick & Kate
66 Nick & Kate
67 Nick & Sylvia - chilling out in East Balboa!
68 Todd & Mia
69 Nick & Kate
70 Max & Dominique
71 Todd & Mia

Collegiate Shag
A 1920's dance, danced to fast Ragtime - Jazz music.  The style has many variations.
72  Shag demonstration - learn the fundamentals !
73  Peter & Dori - superb demo of the style (slow)
74  Shag jam - fast!
75  juxtaposition of the old & new
76  The San Francisco Jitterbugs
77  The San Francisco Jitterbugs
78  "Johnny & Jenna" (Comp)
79  "Jack N Jill" (will the band ever stop?)

Carolina Shag
A 1930's dance that has continued to evolve up to the present day, becoming slower and smoother.  Distinctive, in that the man gets to do most of the fancy footwork.
80  Sam & Sarah
81  Mike & Lilly
82  Unattributed
83  Unattributed (RR tempo)
84  Brent & Shea (RR tempo)
85  Michael and Leann

West Coast Swing
Characterised by a distinctive elastic look.
86  Michael & Kimberly.  Superb elastic
87  Benji & Heidi.   More elastic
88  Arjay & Brandi.  Gorgeous slow tempo
89  Benji & Patty - Chair dance - wow !!!!
90  Chuck & Melissa
91  Arjay & Melissa
92  Myles & Tessa
93  West Coast Swing - then Lindy Hop
94  Michael & Jen
95 Pete & Lacey
96 Jordan & Tatiana
97 Richard & Maria
98 Benji & Heidi - 2nd try is superb!
99 Jordan and Tatiana
100 Jordon & Tatiana
101 Luis Crespo and Patty - Wow!
102 Doug & Patty - delightfully simple
103 Jordan Frisbee & Melissa Rutz
104 Jordan & Tatiana

Boogie Woogie
Dance associated with Boogie-Woogie style music
105  Espen & Tina
106  (unattributed)
107  Will & Maeva
108  Inge & Marianne
109  "all that Boogie Woogie"
110  Norwegian!
111  World Championships 2007

Charleston
The dance style which morphed into Lindy-Hop
112  Charleston !
113  Quickstep vs. Charleston
114  The Lawrence Welk Show, celebrates Charleston
115  Charleston brought up to date!
116  another modern fusion
117  Flappers
118  A study of the period!
119  More wacky period stuff
120  ILHC 2909 Solo Charleston
121 The Cherry Blossoms

Shim Sham
1930's novelty dance
122  Fritz & Alex - basic steps demonstration
123  Lead by the legendary Frankie Manning
124  Al & Leon’s version of the Shim Sham (1930's)
125  Shim Sham for Frankie
126  Global Shim Sham in memory of Frankie Manning

Rock'n'Roll
In 1956 Bill Hayley set the demarcation between the preceding Swing Dance styles & modern R'n'R/Jive. However, early dance examples are mostly Lindy !
127  Razzle Dazzle
128  Gonna Rip it up
129  1959 Jukebox Rhythm
130  Untamed Youth (1957)
131  Lots of Rock/Swing/Jive styles in a jumble
132  "Bill Haley Orchestra" - what a band!
133  The Twist - a dance inspired by R'n'R

Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll
Awesome gymnastic aerials fused with RnR
134  Europe 2007
135  Andre & Meike
136  Noémie & Mickael
137  Noémie & Mickael

Ballroom Jive
The standardised version of Jive
138  Jive with attitude
139  Andrej & Katarina
140  Bryan & Carmen
141  2005 World Championships

Modern Jive
Jiving to modern music.  Again, aerials less common than seen here
142  Selection of moves
143  More examples
144  They call it Megaroc in Australia !

Other Swing
A collection of other Swing Dance clips that we have found difficult to classify
145  William & Maeva
146  Marcus & Bärbl - Balboa/Collegiate Shag
147  The Harlem Hot Shots
148  Lindy & Balboa - superb
149  All sorts of amazing stuff!
150  Dances that Rock & Swing
151  Swing Extreme

Samba
Starting with Samba as danced in its native environment
152  Ballroom Samba (unattributed)
153  US Strictly Come Dancing
154  Max & Yulia (Samba & Cha Cha rhythms)

Argentine Tango
The dance of spontaneous passion !
155  Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman
156  La Cumparsita - stage version
157  La Cumparsita - another stage version
158  Delicously slow - admire the initial embrace
159  Teaching the street kids !

Flamenco
Flamenco has a number of style variations, some of which are included below
160  Alegria
161  Buleria - El Corral de la Morería
162  Tangos

Belly Dancing
One of the oldest known dance styles - has a surprisingly large following in East Anglia
163  Performance by local troupe Eceni
164  Sadie
165  Tabla Solo improv by Ishtar bellydancer

Strictly Classics
For Ballroom we refer you to the BBC Strictly Come Dancing website - below a few irresistible classics
166  John Sergeant doing his sack of potatoes routine
167  John & Kristina - sentimental farewell dance

Line Dancing
Dance associated with Country & Western music
168  Everlasting
169  Tush Push
170  Good Time
171  Cowboys don't Line Dance
172  Feel the love
173  Country Roads
174  2-Step & Swing (partner dance) - with attitude!
175  Lover Please Come Back (partner dance)
176  Summer Night Lovin you (partner dance)
177 Pretty Baby (partner dance)

Fred & Ginger
The definitive reference for dancing with style !
178  Roberta (1935) - Smoke gets in your eyes
179  Roberta (1935) - Too Hot to Handle
180  Follow the Fleet (1936) - Let yourself go
181  Swing Time (1936) - Hard to handle

Misc Other
YouTube has a habit of steering searches away from the intended subject matter.  Here are a few misdirections we could not resist including !
182  Harlem in Heaven (1932) - stair dance (Tap)
183  D Ray White - makes tap look easy!
184  Try this routine at your local disco!
185  The dancer’s nightmare - playing hard to get !
186  Tap with a touch of Swing
187  Dean Martin & The Andrews Sisters
188  Liberace (1969) - plays Boogie Woogie
189  Liberace (1969) - with Jack Benny
190  Dance @ Liverpool Street Station
191 Charlie & Tommy do the Quickstep

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our 'Styles' page throws some light
on the more unusual dances above ...