East Coast Swing (ECS) traces its roots to Lindy Hop, created in the 1920’s in Harlem. By the early 1940’s, the Lindy Hop was tamed and simplified by dance schools to become a ballroom dance called Eastern Swing, later changed to East Coast Swing in the 1970’s. Today there are many different styles of swing dance depending on what part of the country you visit. Each geographic area has put its own particular mark or twist on swing to come up with local variations.
ECS is distinguished by its bounce, back break (a.k.a. rock step) and swinging hip motion. Some dancers utilize Cuban Motion on these back breaks. It is primarily a stationary dance, sometimes switching between a circular and slot action. It is also versatile, working with a range of tempos and musical genres.