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Nightclub Swing Dance

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Nightclub Swing enables dancers to deal with the problems of dancing on crowded dance floors in Nightclubs. It is a Fusion of different dance styles. The process allows dancers to "transition" from a "space consuming" dance style to a "space limited" style in the same dance - and, transition back and forth between dance styles as needed.

DANCE STYLES ("Space Consuming"):
West Coast Swing (WCS), Shag, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing are always a problem on crowded dance floors in nightclubs. So, the techniques defined here will allow the dancers to mix in many other forms of dance with the swing dances. When you find an opening on the dance floor, go for it with your swing dance, but when the opening closes up transition back to other forms of dance while waiting for another opening.

DANCE STYLES ("Space Limited")::
Balboa/Bal-Swing, St. Louis Shag, Nightclub 2-Step, Rumba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, and many others. Balboa/Bal-Swing would be a good selection, but the others will work.

TRANSITION (From Swing to Other):
The method of transitioning from open to closed or semi-closed dance position is the key. Example (WCS): Dancers are accustomed to doing underarm turns, side passes, push breaks (sugar pushes), whips, etc. In standard whips the dancers are accustomed to doing repeated 5-6 count versions of the whip. However, if you allow the whip to rotate clockwise (non slotted) when doing the repeated 5-6 count the leader will be able to bring the dancers together into a fully closed or semi-closed body position. This is just one example of the many ways to transition. Once in closed or semi-closed position you are able to use dance patterns from many other dance forms.

TRANSITON (From Other to Swing)
This is the easy part. Anytime space is available and you are in a position to do a throw-out do it and enjoy a little swing dance.

You will be amazed how many different dance patterns from other dances that you can use. You will also be able to playwith the music and find how easy it is to hit the breaks with body movements.

Nightclub Swing will give dance instructors the ability to choose from a massive selection of very leadable dance material to teach their students.


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