OUT to Dance offers group dance classes in West Roxbury
and private lessons in Roslindale. Join us!

About Swing Dance

Swing, also known as East Coast swing, lindy, lindy hop, jitterbug, or rock and roll, is one of the hottest, most popular of all partner dances. Its simple structure and footwork along with playful moves and styling make it well-loved for its forgiving and fun-loving nature; swing is danced to slow, medium, or fast tempo jazz, blues, pop, or rock and roll, and is always played at every imaginable social event.

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History of Swing Dance

The origins of swing began in the 1920’s with the Charleston, tap dancing, and some now-obsolete partner dances like the Breakaway. Soon it evolved into Lindy Hop, (named for Charles Lindberg’s transatlantic flight) and exploded in Harlem at the Savoy Ballroom in the late 1920s and 30s. Swing dancing is the best drug-free mood elevator known to humankind.

Music for Dancing

Our Swing Dance playlist on Spotify
Happy- Pharrell Williams
Glenn Miller- In The Mood; (if they only play one swing tune, it’s this!)
Brian Setzer or Louis Prima- Jump, Jive and Wail; (if they play two swing tunes, this is next.)
Louis Prima- Just A Gigolo
Christina Aguilera- Candyman
Michael Buble- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Bill Haley- Rock Around The Clock
Duke Ellington- Take the “A” Train
Elvis Presley- Hound Dog
Natalie Cole- This Will Be An Everlasting Love
Bobby Darin- Mack The Knife
Ruth Brown- 5-10-15 Hours
Susan Tedeschi- I Fell In Love
Carlene Carter- I Love You ‘Cause I Want To
Queen Latifah- I Love Being Here With You
Orleans- Still The One
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy- Big Time Operator

When joining our Swing Dance and other dance classes, note that our OUT to Dance studio locations, West Roxbury and Roslindale, MA, are within twenty minutes of downtown Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Brighton, Allston, Brookline, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Norwood, Needham, Westwood, Milton and Quincy; and within 25 to 35 minutes of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Wellesley, Natick, Waltham, Braintree, Brockton, Stoughton, Canton, Foxboro, Weymouth and surrounding towns. We are also less than an hour from Providence, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.