Welcome to the DF to Jonathan and ginsu. Referencing the OP's o.p., and TangoTime's original post, ..... ?? Partially correct. The genre came from the Stomp, a fast slave dance, characterized by one step on each foot danced with very high knees (because it was danced outside and in fields), and seperated with what we now call a rock step. We now call the dance Single Time Swing. The big bands played largely a slightly slower version of this rhythm. This was called Swing (named for the side to side, "swinging" movements of the musicians as they played. The dance that accompanied swing music, naturally became known as swing dancing. A step was added to accommodate the rhythms, and the Lindy (what we now call Double Time Swing) was born. Further references to Charles Lindbergh, and the name Hop came along to further complicate the issue. Also, of little prominence, the slang term Jive, for the music and dance, and Jive Cats, for the dancers, was actually used in the Afro-American communities of the time. When slower versions of Lindy music were played, a third step developed. However, as music and dances do, when this "Triple Step Swing" crossed over to the faster music, the movements took on more of an up and down...bouncy look and feel, rather than the familiar side to side. Named for a Southern beetle that, when necessary, 'pops' up and down in a similar fashion, the term Jitterbug was coined. It was partially because of this, and further references to southern negros that it was considered derogatory for a time. Perhaps TT can shed more light on how the term Jive developed in the UK and Euro.