East Coast Swing (ECS) traces its roots to the original swing dance, Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop was created in the late 1920’s by African American youth at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Danced to the swing and jazz music of big bands such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman, Lindy Hop was a dynamic athletic dance.
By the mid 1930’s, Lindy Hop (also called Jitterbug and Swing) had captured the imagination of young people everywhere. It was widely danced in the US and Europe through the end of World War II. In the early 1940’s, Lindy Hop was tamed and simplified by dance schools to become a ballroom dance called Eastern Swing. In the late 1970’s, the name was changed to East Coast Swing.
ECS is a fun upbeat dance. Distinguished by its bounce, back break and swing hip motion, ECS is also a non progressive dance.