The name “West Coast Swing” didn’t
surface into the mainstream until the late 1960’s.
Before we can define West Coast Swing, it is important
to take a step back and understand what “Swing” is.
“Swing” is an All-American Rhythm Dance, consisting
of primarily 6-beat and/or 8-beat patterns. The following
dances all fall into the “Swing” family: Lindy, Dallas
Push/Houston Whip, Carolina Shag, East Coast Swing
and, of course, West Coast Swing.
West Coast Swing has certain characteristics which
define the dance and differentiate it from other forms