Lindy Hop is an 8-count dance that evolved in Harem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Being a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development it can be danced to a wide range of tempos. Check out this video of two great dancers, Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg:
East Coast Swing
6 count swing, often referred to as “East Coast“, is a simplified, easy-to-learn swing dance which is good for beginners. It is based on a six-count step and can be danced to fairly fast music (150-200 bpm). The six-count steps are part of lindy hop, but are also known separately as variations of east coast swing.
The Charleston is probably what comes to mind when you think of the 1920’s and “flappers“. However, Charleston continued to evolve into the 1940’s and beyond. We teach lessons in a variety of solo & partner Charleston styles. Check out this video of Sophie Ellis-Bextor & Brendan dancing the Charleston for “Strictly Come Dancing” BBC:
Balboa is often danced to fast music (190-300 bpm). It is danced in close contact with your partner and is suitable for packed dance halls. Watch Nick Williams and Katie Hedin demonstrate the beauty of this compact, energetic dance: