What is 'Club Swing'?

Steve Pastor

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Staff member
#2
Club Swing = Four Count Hustle according to an Arthur Murray studio in Texas.
Other than that, I know nothing.
Except that I can't find either of those in Skippy Blair's books. or the Disco book I have.
 

MaggieMoves

Well-Known Member
#4
Club Swing = Four Count Hustle according to an Arthur Murray studio in Texas.
Other than that, I know nothing.
Except that I can't find either of those in Skippy Blair's books. or the Disco book I have.
Honestly this explains a bit - I've seen people dancing "country swing" which really just looks like a hustle to me in country dance clubs.

Sorry @Swing Learner but I've never actually heard of "club swing" before.
 

DWise1

Well-Known Member
#9
My own Arthur Murray story is the "Why Dance?".

One night out dancing after a dance event, our WCS teacher who used to teach for Arthur Murray taught it to us. It's a slow dance that was a really big seller at the AM studios; I think it was about $300 per lesson (and guys were more than eager to pay that amount). Leader: slow to the left, slow to the right, quick-quick back and replace.

I think the name came from "why dance when all you want to do is get her in the sack?" One local short-lived dance event featured "belt-buckle polishing".

There's another story I heard which blames Arthur Murray for East Coast Swing. It goes that the studios would have hot-shot dancers dancing at the clubs and hand out business cards of the dance studios who would then teach really dumbed-down versions of the dance. East Coast Swing is supposed to be a dumbed-down version of Lindy.

An alternative story is that it's American Bandstand's fault. Because of the dance environment (electrical cables all over the place) the dancers couldn't show their stuff and so teenagers all over the country saw and duplicated a very simplified form of the dance.

That's what I love about dance history! So many different stories, possibly none of which are true.
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#10
One night out dancing after a dance event, our WCS teacher who used to teach for Arthur Murray taught it to us. It's a slow dance that was a really big seller at the AM studios; I think it was about $300 per lesson (and guys were more than eager to pay that amount). Leader: slow to the left, slow to the right, quick-quick back and replace.

I think the name came from "why dance when all you want to do is get her in the sack?" One local short-lived dance event featured "belt-buckle polishing".

There's another story I heard which blames Arthur Murray for East Coast Swing. It goes that the studios would have hot-shot dancers dancing at the clubs and hand out business cards of the dance studios who would then teach really dumbed-down versions of the dance. East Coast Swing is supposed to be a dumbed-down version of Lindy.

An alternative story is that it's American Bandstand's fault. Because of the dance environment (electrical cables all over the place) the dancers couldn't show their stuff and so teenagers all over the country saw and duplicated a very simplified form of the dance.




That's what I love about dance history! So many different stories, possibly none of which are true.
As in those above...
 

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