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The Jitterbug is a swing dance, a subset of Lindy Hop, with an emphasis on 6-count moves and fast spins. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Swing is a group of related street dances, that evolved from Lindy Hop. ... Lindy Hop is an African American vernacular dance which evolved in Harlem, New York, United States in the late 1920s and early 1930s. ...

The dance originated in the United States in the late 1930s and is predominantly associated with East coast swing and rockabilly music. This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... East Coast Swing is a dance, derived from the Lindy Hop by literally removing a couple of steps. ... 1950s Rockabilly book by Harlan Ellison Rockabilly is the earliest form of rock and roll as a distinct style of music. ...


Basic moves

Six-count steps are the basis for Jitterbug,

  • Basic
  • Break
  • Close
  • Spin


The main moves may be executed in various ways, depending on the direction of the turn, the kind of handhold and extras.

  • Spin left or right
  • Single or double spin
  • Overhead or free spin (frisbee)
  • Spin with straight arm
  • Block or normal start
  • Change hands at end or not
  • Guy spin or not
  • Lead with either hand
  • Arm drop on shoulder for style
  • Jump out from close: with tuck or straight
  • Hold left hand and kick?? (Cassandra)

Common variations

  • Egg Beater
  • Cuddles
  • Pretzel
  • Scooter
  • Fan Kick
  • Butt Spin
  • Titanic
  • Table Top

See also

  Results from FactBites:
The Jitterbug Contest (2551 words)
If you watch the jitterbug scene, first of all you notice that the people dancing are wearing muted colors and they are wearing old time clothes as jitterbug contestants would.
I also think that the jitterbug contest, as well as all the 50's references, are stories that have been told so many times to her by Aunt Ruth, that they've been ingrained into her subconscious, and she's incorporated them now as her own.
The jitterbug scene in MD is a subtle reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which there is a famous jitterbug scene in the Enchanted Forest that was originally shot but later cut out.
Jitterbug (dance) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (208 words)
The Jitterbug is a term used to describe various types of swing dancing.
This term was famously associated with swing era dancers by band leader Cab Calloway because, as he put it, "They look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor" due to their fast often bouncy movements.
Jitterbug was also done to Western Swing in the 1940s.
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