You know one of the things that, in my mind, separates swing from all the other dance genres? The fact that, in swing, pretty much wherever you go in the US or in the world, there's a unique regional variation of swing. In the DC area, you have hand dance. In Chicago, it's steppin. In Florida, it's beach bop (which is different from the bop we did in Philly.) In the Carolinas, it's shag. In Cali, it's West Coast. In France, it's Ceroc. And so on. So what gives? What is it about swing that makes everybody make up their own, rather than just get with the program and learn Lindy hop? (That's a deliberate over-simplification. :wink: :lol: ) But the question stands. Why so many regional variations? Is swing dance really unique in that way? Why or why not?