What is Swing Dancing?
In many scenes the term "Swing dancing" is used to refer generically to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues. For more details check here
What is East Coast Swing?
East Coast Swing has a 6 count basic step. This is in contrast to the meter of most swing music, which has a 4 count basic rhythm. In practice, however, the 6-count moves of the east coast swing are often combined with 8-count moves from the Lindy hop, Charleston, and Balboa.
What is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop also known as the Jitterbug has an 8 count basic step.
What's the difference between East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop Swing?
Do shoes matter?
Yes, a pair of comfortable dance shoes makes all the difference. Preferred shoes will have a leather or suede sole. These shoes can be purchased online or at various dance shoe stores. Additionally, you can have most shoes modified with suede soles at local shoe repair shops.
Where should I start?
Most people find East Coast Swing an easier start as it has a 6 count basic step. Lindy Hop is the next natural progression with an 8 count basic step. Of course you can start anywhere if you want. Start by taking weekly beginner classes until you feel comfortable with the steps. Feel free to try new things and take risks with your dancing . The more improvisation you can do the better off you will be but always remember your basic steps.