What makes this dance recognizable? What is typical, distinctive or characteristic?

A combination of trotten around the floor with disco figures on the spot.

Examples (similar to disco and boogie).

BPM: (similar to disco and boogie).

Swinging means spinning and turning.

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Swing is a dance style that originated circa 1930 in the United States from Lindy Hop and that came up with the then popular music. Jazz was then also called Swing. There are several dance in this style. Most are partner dances.
Swing is danced on a base of 6 ("six- count", as the Boogie Woogie) or 8 ("eight - count", such as the Lindy Hop) measure.

Swing is also a jazz style. The swing dance and swing jazz also belong together.

The Swing include: Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Charleston, Shag, Balboa, Rock ' n ' Roll, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie. It is thus also a collective name.

The original version is from the Dance Temple Hotel Savoy in Harlem (New York) and was distributed by the Whiteys Lindy Hoppers in the entire U.S.. This variant was known as Lindy Hop (according to most people named after Charles Lindbergh, the first non-stop flight New York - Paris) or Savoy -Style Swing. Along the different influences from other dances such as shag were taken. The most famous version is the Hollywood Style Swing.

After the Second World War, trends such as the Jitterbug and the Boogie Woogie, which, however, were seen as variants of the same dance. With the rise of rock ' n' roll and disco culture and the demise of the Big Bands Swing also was danced less.

Swing is never completely died out, and since 1985 a worldwide revival started from Sweden, and the United States (similar to the revival of the Argentine Tango).
Nowadays the Swedish Herräng is annually for four weeks in July, the Swing Capital of the World.

In Jive, one of the five Latin American dances in the current Ballroom dancing, some elements of the Swing were also included.

One of the main representatives of the swing era was Benny Goodman, nicknamed "King of Swing". Ellington brings the big band music to new levels of sophistication and elevate with his orchestras and arrangements to the status of jazz to art music.

The swing united elements of the music of the North American blacks with elements of European music.

By the formation of large Big Band orchestras in which the musicians had to learn to play together seamlessly, the music had to be written. Arrangements and jazz compositions were usually at the expense of improvisation.

The swing rhythm has medium or uptempo rhythms. Musician Wingie Manone described this as follows: "An increase in the tempo feel, though one imperturbably plays at the same pace."

The instrumentation is very different from what was previously was common: a strong rhythm section, usually with bass and drums, more use of high -hat by the drummer.
Banjo replaced by guitar. Many use of saxophones. Many of the big bands have one or more vocalists employed and popular songs are more and more to the repertoire of the big bands. Many of these songs, among others of Irving Berlin and George Gerswin, still belong to the standards in jazz.

With the swing began the commercialization of jazz. By the broadcast of the concert on the radio band leaders were famous worldwide. Names such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Louis Armstrong sound still familiar in the ears. Both in the U.S. and Europe grew swing to the most popular dance music.

From the mid- 30s turned more and more soloists and smaller groups of musicians, big bands the back to form their own ensembles. The increasing commercialization under pressure from the music industry in the 40s drew a reaction from which the bebop arose.

Swing rhythm

Swing in music is also a term that includes the issue to the rhythm and / or timing.
In a 'swing' rhythm eighths are played about as if they were part of a triplet. You can also say: the duration of the first (eighth (1/8)) note in a pair is extended while the length of the second eighth is shortened. A swing rhythm is a rhythm which is obtained by playing eighth notes in this way.

If one says, for example: 'This swings like hell!", then swing indicates an other property. This is a way of playing music meant to give the listener an uplifting effect and gives a tendency to move along (ticks).