I’ve added Single Swing as a dance style that can be searched on and voted for in the music4dance catalog. While I think of this dance as a short-cut to use when I want to dance East Coast Swing to faster Jive or Lindy-Hop music, I’ve received enough feedback from the community that it’s considered a unique dance in its own right that I am happy to add it. From some light searching on this dance, it has gone by several names in different regions and times. Some of the names I saw were “Sing-time Swing,” “Single rhythm swing,” and “East Coast Single Swing.” It’s also one of several dances that have been called the Jitterbug at some point in the twentieth century.
I set the initial tempo to 140-184 beats per minute (35-46 measures per minute), which I found listed in several places. Since, as far as I can tell, this isn’t a competition dance, I haven’t found an “official” tempo range and am happy to adjust if someone with more expertise in this particular dance would provide feedback. I also seeded this list of songs with publicly available lists that sounded reasonable. Please feel free to go through to vote up other swing songs that you think are good fits for this dance. You can do this by adding songs or by searching for Swing songs in the Single Swing tempo range and voting up the ones that sound like good Single Swings. I’m also happy to bulk upload lists if you’ve got a CSV file or Spotify playlist of single swings that you’d like me to include.
Over the past several years, I’ve been moving the site in a direction where I hope to be able to handle more different dance styles and add them more easily. I’m getting closer to being able to add dances quickly. However, to add a lot of different dances, I’ll have to replace the underlying search engine (or wait for it to add some new features – it will be interesting to see which comes first). Some of the things I’ve done are to make lists of dances somewhat flatter and allowing search by name in most places where dances are listed. I’ve loosened the tie between types of dances (e.g., Sing, Waltz, Latin) and dance style, so that dance styles don’t have to be as strictly categorized as before. I’ve also added synonyms to dance styles, so in most places where you see the name of a dance style, other names of the dance are shown in parenthesis.
In any case, I’m always interested in what you think would be most helpful. I’m sure there are plenty of dance styles I’m not cataloging that fit into the broad category of partner dances that are danced to a specific tempo range or style of music. If you have a dance style suggestion or other comments, please feel free to reply to this post or contact me here. In addition, if you enjoy the site or the blog (or both), please consider helping by adding to the Single Swing catalog or contributing in whatever other way makes sense for you.
3 thoughts on “New Dance: Single Swing”
At some point I researched the tempos, and I have: Triple Swing 136-152 beats per minute; Double Time Swing: 152-176 beats per minute; Single Swing 176-192 beats per minute. It looks like I found those at http://www.superdancing.com/tempo.asp .
Double Time Swing is tap-step, tap-step, rock step.
Thanks, Brad! That is a big help. And I remember seeing SuperDancing in the past but missed it when researching Single Swing. I should figure out a place to put all the tempo references I’ve found.
I’ll do some more research and likely make the default tempo faster for Single Time Swing. I’ll also take a look at Double Time Swing. Do you have a sense of how common it is as a social dance? I learned that pattern and used it mixed in with triple step swing, but I don’t know that I’ve danced a whole dance or seen lessons for that as a distinct style. Also, is it called anything else? My initial search shows mostly references to jazz music notation rather than dance styles.
I don’t see double time swing ever, though a search on the dance forums show that some people do use it. It is unfortunate, as I think it is a nice style. The older teachers still know it. I don’t know any other names for it.
East Coast Swing can definitely be spiced up by mixing the three different styles during a dance. You can even do: triple-step, single-step, rock step or single-step, triple-step, rock step.