Swing dance types vs types of Swing music

#1
This is a dumb question, I'm sure: I only know East Coast Swing.

If I go to a random Swing club, can I dance EC Swing to any Swing music, or does different Swing music (beat?) correspond to particular Swing dance styles?

Thanks for any enlightenment!
 

Steve Pastor

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#2
It's not a dumb question.

You CAN dance ECS to "swing music," blues, r&b, rock n roll, etc.
What you will find though, is that there are people who think certain styles of swing dance are more appropriate to certain types of music.
In some respects they are correct, but I don't think that there is a "right" style for any given type of music.

I always like to quote swing legend Dean Collins, who has been quoted as saying,
"..., when someone tells you that he or she can't dance with because you do East or West Coast swing, which ever be the case, rest assured that that person can't swing dance."
 
#3
It's not a dumb question.

You CAN dance ECS to "swing music," blues, r&b, rock n roll, etc.
What you will find though, is that there are people who think certain styles of swing dance are more appropriate to certain types of music.
In some respects they are correct, but I don't think that there is a "right" style for any given type of music.

I always like to quote swing legend Dean Collins, who has been quoted as saying,
"..., when someone tells you that he or she can't dance with because you do East or West Coast swing, which ever be the case, rest assured that that person can't swing dance."
Thanks, Steve! That's very helpful.
 

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