Other Vernacular Jazz Dances
Lindy Hoppers don’t just Lindy Hop! Although Lindy Hop is the original swing dance, many other dances fall under the Vernacular Jazz umbrella, including Balboa, Blues, West Coast Swing, and the many forms of Shag: Carolina, Collegiate, and St.Louis Shag. Toronto’s Lindy Hop community has links to many of these other vernacular jazz forms:
Originating in southern California in the 1920’s, Balboa it’s most commonly known as being danced to faster music (although it can be danced at a variety of tempos), in closed position, with small footwork, and the addition of spins, drops and lifts. Several of Toronto’s Lindy Hop schools also offer classes in Balboa. Check out the Classes page for more details. There is also a new ‘Toronto Balboa Social Dance FB Group‘ you can join to find out about social dances in the city.
Blues Dancing is an umbrella term for a family of social dances, rooted in African movement, that developed parallel to American blues music between the 1800’s and mid-1900’s. Danced partnered or solo and covering a wide range of tempos, emphasis is placed on rhythm and individual movement. Visit TO Blues to learn more about weekly blues dances and classes in Toronto.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll music of the 1950s and ’60s inspired a new way to move, based in part on Lindy Hop, but with its own styling and moves. Over time, two main dances evolved: rock ‘n’ roll (also known as boogie woogie) and rockabilly jive. Both are bouncy and fun partnered dances. If you’re looking for somewhere to practice your cool moves, check out Soda Pop Hop or the event listings page for Toronto’s thriving rockabilly/rock’n’roll music scene.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is a partnered dance with its roots in Lindy Hop. It has a characteristic elastic look and is usually danced in a ‘track’ or ‘slot’ on the dance floor. West Coast Swing is commonly danced to more modern music.
The three main forms of Shag are Carolina, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag – however, the commonalities between the three dances end with their names. The three forms originated in different parts of the US and at different times in the Jazz Era. Go out and explore these great Vernacular Jazz dances!
Please Note: The swing dance options below are suggestions on where to dance. TLH cannot guarantee that there will be swing dancers at events posted unless we state differently beside the event below or on our Social Media (FB, Twitter). Looking for Lessons? Check out...