Then the bulk of the book is a wellillustrated explanation of how the swing works, followed by a chapter on how to use the a swing in the short game and such. There seem to be a lot of international style books available and i picked up three in book stores. Telling a riveting true story of the emergence and development of an american icon, this book traces swing dancing from its origins to its status as a modernday art form. Best of all the history section is notably accurate, something that means a lot to us here at the archives of early lindy hop. Stomping the blues albert murray paperback published 1989 another brilliant book about blues and swing music. If a page of the book isnt showing here, please add text bookcat to the end of the page concerned. The swing dance was discovered by a black community during the 1920s through dancing to contemporary jazz music. During the swing era, there were hundreds of styles of swing dancing, but those that have survived beyond that era include. This book examines how the original swing style of the 1920s, the lindy hop, branched out and evolved with the changing dynamics of popular culture, paralleling the development of the nation. On march 26, 1926, the savoy ballroom opened its doors in new york. History of swing dance thanks for visiting us, this is a very brief history of swing dance. And thats why practice swing is a chooseyourownadventure practice book.
Swing dancing wikibooks, open books for an open world. Robbert bobby whites book practice swing has been released. Swing dancing is a very famous collection of dance forms that originated in the years 1920s to 1940s. Jazz dance has been greatly influenced by social dance and popular music.
Using an investigative approach, this book presents the who, what, when, where, why, and how of dance history in relation to other arts and to historical, political, and social events. A page devoted to the story of how swing dancing began. Dance history explores the intersection of the collective narrative with the human body. But, like so much that is from america, the history of jazz dance begins somewhere else. The swing era the development of jazz 19301945 this is a 900 page textbook and resource book on swing music history george t. These are my favorite books on the history of swing i have enjoyed them immensely. The swing book is descriptive and covers the bands, people and music.
Jazz dance is still the most established academic text on the history of lindy hop. Well, theres swing music like big band jazz, and the swing rhythms that we think of when we think of, like. Picture yourself dancing is chock full of dance lessons on the most popular social dances. Then boogiewoogie and bop joined the growing regional nicknames for swing.
A selfteaching guide is included, and gives the aspiring improviser. Often, music will influence the way a dance evolves. The swing era began in 1920s and 30s america, when big bands took over pop culture. Swing dancing is approaching its centennial in the midtwenty twenties. As a lead i take my time when starting a dance, pulse a.
Though, there are many forms and classes of swing dance which are known by different names, the name swing dance commonly refers to any of them. The book begins with a foreward by michelle wie and an explanation of the biomechanics of the swing written by j. Speculation aside, specific knowledge of prehistoric dances is lacking, and thus many experts have extrapolated dance history from the preserved ritual dances of various preliterate societies. With all things vintage enjoying a boom worldwide, swing dancing has wel. These three couples mark the birth of lindy hop on film. The history begins with the original swing era in 1920s and 30s america, when big bands took over pop culture. Les brown and his band of renown swing song book 1959, 4. This textbook is of course not meant to be a replacement for actual practice and lessons, but a reference and source of new ideas. My favorite of these is the one by victor silvester which costs about. These dances may be stricter than other forms of dance and may limit the range of steps and body movement involved, but it is still one of the best expressions of love, joy and pain between two people. Every great lindy hop, balswing, shag, and solo jazz dancer in the world has taken their own path to get there. Edinburgh university students association is a charity sc015800 and a company limited by guarantee sc429897 registered in scotland. Savoy swing was a style of swing popular in the 30s and 40s. Swing dancing started in the 1920s and continually evolved into dance like east coast swing, carolina shag and west coast swing.
The word swing comes from a style of jazz music that was being done in the late 20s where they took what was called a triplet, a triplet is where you take three beats and put it where two beats would normally be. Savoy swing got its name from the savoy ballroom where it was first performed. Swing music, or simply swing, is a form of popular jazz music developed in the united states that dominated in the 1930s and 1940s. However, with swing jazz, it may have been the other way around. The traditional swing dance we think of when watching classic films developed well after swing music itself developed, several years later. The term swing dance is commonly used to refer to a group of dances developing in response to american swing music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, or to lindy hop, a popular partner dance today. Sep 27, 2018 this book is intended to serve as a guide to various forms of swing dancing, and will ideally contain descriptions and pictures of various moves. This category contains pages that are part of the swing dancing book. Apr 07, 2011 buy swing dancing the american dance floor by stevens, tamara, stevens, erin isbn. You can not understand history of dance without understanding how dance is the individuation of collective storytelling. Primitive man is frequently attributed with any number of instincts and attributes which he may or may not have possessed. The savoy was an immediate success withits blocklong dance floor and a raised double bandstand. Swing dancing the american dance floor and millions of other books are. This brief history of swing dance is a compendium of these articles.
The history of swing dance, how it all began swingorama. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Apr 09, 2017 alive and kicking chronicles deep history of swing dancing filmmaker susan glatzer and swing dance legend norma miller discuss the new documentary alive and kicking. It gets its name from dance developed during the swing era i. When it comes to vintage swing dances, theres no one path to greatness. The term jitterbug spun off from african american song lyrics, and soon became another nickname for swing dancing. Thanks for visiting us, this is a very brief history of swing dance.
History of jazz dance jazz dance is a broad term for american social and stage dances employing jazz or jazz influenced music. May 06, 2016 when it comes to vintage swing dances, theres no one path to greatness. Swing dancing is one of the few forms of couples dances that started here in america in the late 1920s. History of swing dance sources of information lori heikkila, wikipedia, lindy hop archives. Dance also interviews enough of the great arrangersa group neglected by everyone except musicians and serious swing fansthat we get a pictures of their contributions. With swing jazz, the bandleader often played an instrument as well, such as during a solo such as clarinet playing bandleader benny goodman, or throughout the song like piano player bandleader count basie. History of swing dance swing gang weekly and special events.
Another form of swing dance is the west coast swing. Scott cupits passion for swing dancing shines through in the anecdotes he shares. In addition to the multitudes of interviews with your favorite swing personalities royal crown revue, big bad voodoo daddy, lavay smith, big six, flyin lindy hoppers, sam butera and more. History of swing dancing dance lessons in mesa arizona. Swing dance is a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s1940s, with the origins of each dance predating the popular swing era. At 800 words per decade this is easy and fun to read for the youngest and oldest swingers in town.
Hand dancing, rodeo swing, ceroc, modern jive, boogie woogie and west coast swing. List of books and articles about dance history online. The origins of jazz dance are found in the rhythms and movements of the african american slaves. The history of swing dates back to the 1920s, where the black community, while dancing to contemporary jazzmusic, discovered the charleston and the lindy hop. Alive and kicking chronicles deep history of swing dancing. Jan 11, 2011 the dance was soon renamed the west coast swing, which is the official state dance of california to this day. Stomping the blues albert murray paperback published. This book the swing book coupled with the book big band swing for the sheet music and the cd or download of 101 swing essentials will put it all together. This book is intended to serve as a guide to various forms of swing dancing, and will ideally contain descriptions and pictures of various moves. Running a swing team part 10 book club the home of happy. Swing dance is the perfect introduction to those new to the culture and gives more depth to those who have caught the jitterbug bug already. Youll want to start reading about the history and the context that created the dance.
Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. It will help you as a dancer, a choreographer, a promoter, and. Swing dancing has developed as a mainstay in american dance culture throughout the years. Mar 03, 2017 it gets its name from dance developed during the swing era i. But soon dancers were calling the dance swing and it stuck. Alive and kicking chronicles deep history of swing dancing filmmaker susan glatzer and swing dance legend norma miller discuss the new documentary alive and kicking. Swing dancing covers the dance through the years of minstrelsy, the jazz age, the big band era, bebop, and the decline of partnered dancing in the 1960s. The dance known simply as the swing has managed to remain a staple dance attracting young and old alike.
The name swing came from the swing feel where the emphasis is on the offbeat or weaker pulse in the music. The dance was soon renamed the west coast swing, which is the official state dance of california to this day. Primitive man is frequently attributed with any number of instincts and attributes which he. Buy swing dancing the american dance floor by stevens, tamara, stevens, erin isbn. Jazz dance mirrors the social history of the american people, reflecting ethnic influences, historic events, and cultural changes. Dance history is not only an academic or artistic undertaking. While the first swing dance was the lindy hop, the most recent is west coast swing. Back in europe, there was one further important step in the development of swing dance. An interactive arts approachprovides an indepth look at dance from the dawn of time through the 20th century. Apart from the small community of ballroom dancers, partner dancing had.
It is a true american dance form and as it originated in the united states. Another sad part of this puzzle is that mattie would never have gotten to tell her story, even if stearns would had asked. An expert in vintage dance styles, velody was invited to write a series of dance articles to be published in vintage life magazine. Others, however, have expressed caution regarding the reconstruction of social behavior from such sources. You can view a list of all subpages under the book main page not including the book main page itself, regardless of whether theyre categorized, here. This specific style of swing is quick, jumpy, and more casual in appearance. Historically the origins can be traced from the extant sculptures, paintings, literature, inscriptions and foreign accounts of the. Swing dancing the american dance floor stevens, tamara, stevens, erin on.
The term swing originally referred to the music, not the dance. During this time hundreds of new dance forms under the swing style emerged but only a few could make their mark on society. Today, swing dancing can still be found on dance floors across the country, from dancing schools to night clubs. The term swing dance is an umbrella term for all the variations of swing dancing, which started with the lindy hop around the same time as charles lindberghs first solo, nonstop flight across the atlantic. Lindy hop, balboa, collegiate shag, and charleston. A look at swing dancing, from the beginning, with links to other pages of information on swing dancing such as swing music.
Fashion, music, culture and key moves 01 by cupit, scott isbn. Swingin at the savoy the memoir of a jazz dancer if you only ever read one book about swing, this must be the one. Best of all the history section is notably accurate, something that means a lot to us here. Swing music has lived on ever since, influencing each new generation of music. If you must purchase only one of the three then i would suggest this book the swing book. Strong rhythms and loud, insistent tunes led to a new creation in the black community. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The swing book degen pener, intro by scotty morris papberback, published 2000 this small, easyreading book covers anything the modern swinger would want to know about the swing dance scene.28 1150 225 752 684 1282 729 1453 110 1444 559 138 1446 868 880 19 1239 821 1410 1212 151 117 757 1074 333 69 50 1275 751 29 1391 1080 338 263 161 904 1055 689 64 1136 693 749 30 527 594 1443