Swing music and dance evolved in 1920s America from ragtime and jazz music. Invented by African-American musicians and dancers, it quickly spread to become the most popular form of social dance in America. Swing underwent a decline after WWII, hibernating in small dance studios until its renaissance, peaking in the late 1990s. This neoswing craze reinvigorated lindyhop, the original form of swing. There are also many other versions of swing, including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, shag, balboa, boogie woogie, and jive. If you are seventeen, you'll probably want to learn the lindyhop as it is the most energetic and lively of the swing dances. Many older swing dancers prefer the slower West Coast swing or the ballroom version of East Coast swing.
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