some of the most popular fast (and slow) dances


Jazz and Swing

Jazz is an umbrella term for many related dances, similar to Swing, and includes both partner and solo dancing. Jazz was born from the African-American vernacular styles of dance in the early 20th century.

Jazz Explained

Jazz Timeline

Lindy Hop and Jitterbug

Origin: 1920's Harlem, New York City.

Official state dance of New York.

Swing History 101: The Birth of Lindy Hop

Just the Swing: Lindy Hop, Jitterbug Dancing

West Coast Swing

Official state dance of California. Click here to read about West Coast Swing and its offshoots the Whip 

and PushDC Hand Dancing, Bop, Beach Bop, Balboa/Bal Swing and Imperial Swing.


Ballroom began as social dancing for the elite. The earliest recorded ballroom dances were in 16th century France. Learn more about the history of ballroom in this article


Among the Latin dances are salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, pasa doble, rumba and bachata. This article from Arthur Murray explains the origins of latin dance.


Originally, African-American vernacular dances that were danced to blues music. Modern blues dance is an offshoot of Lindy Hop. 

Click here for a description of blues dance styles. 


Carolina Shag

Originated in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The official state dance of South Carolina and state popular dance of North Carolina.

Myths and Near Myths of Beach Music and Shag

Carolina Shag History 

Charlie and Jackie Womble

SOS The Society of Stranders

East Coast Swing

A "refined" version of the Lindy Hop/Jitterbug taught by the ballroom associations in the 40's and 50's.

East Coast Swing Dance Facts

East Coast Swing Music

East Coast Swing Overview

Country Western

Texas two-step is the state dance of Texas. Many other dances are included in Country Western along with the two-step - western swing, polka, line dance, and schottische are some examples. Country western dancing is known as "kicker dancing" in Texas. Read more about the history of Country Western dancing.