What exactly separates swing and rhythm dances from other dance styles? In the world of American dance, all styles are roughly divided into two basic camps: smooth dances that emphasize flowing, graceful movements, and rhythm dances that feature more pronounced body movements. Specific types of movement typically found only in rhythm dances include waving of the arms, bending at the hips, and bending or flexing at the knees. All swing dances are rhythm dances, but not all rhythm dances are swing dances. The swing family originated in the 1920s as counterparts to the popular “swing” music performed by ballroom jazz bands. As swing music evolved over time, the swing dances evolved with them.
Arthur Murray began operation during the swing era, and our studios were instrumental in spreading the popularity of swing and rhythm dances throughout the U.S. Today, our highly skilled instructors maintain an unmatched level of enthusiasm for these dances. They also maintain an unmatched ability to transmit what they know to you, the student dancer.