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Learn the Jitterbug

If you like big band music and want to learn ‘those cool moves’ everyone did in the movies, then this dance is probably what you’re looking for. Jitterbug, also known as single time swing, is a fun and versatile dance that everyone loves.

The Jitterbug is a dance style popularized in the United States in the early twentieth century and is associated with other types of swing dancing such as: East Coast Swing, Jive, and Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing. World War II really helped to spread the love and engagement of Jitterbug across the nation. Across the world, previously closed ballrooms opened their doors to the soldiers, sailors and nurses who were preparing to fight in battle. Working class ladies were a large part of the attendance of these ballrooms too, which enticed even the timid sailor to give this dance a shot. The Jitterbug craze took off! Jitterbug was done to big band music, as well as early rock and roll music, which was not always socially acceptable. That, however, did not stop people from finding places to dance and enjoy this new age music genre.

Depending on where you are in the country, and what your dance studio has adopted, Jitterbug and East Coast Swing patterns can be very similar. Jitterbug, also referred to as single time swing, is an easier version of the East Coast Swing. The basic step consists of 2 side steps, and the normal rock step. It is still considered a 6 beat basic, with each side step owning 2 beats of the music and the rock step still owning 2 beats as well.

Many people like to learn the Jitterbug style for different events. Whether you’re getting ready for a wedding, special events, Father/Daughter dances, and the like – this dance style is one that the crowds will love and will leave a lasting fun memory. You can learn more about learning to dance in louisville at Dance Louisville.

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