• Sanja D. Mandarić Факултет спорта и физичког васпитања Београд


dance, ragtime, swingtime, rock and roll, modern swing


Swing dances are represented today by a minor group of dances popular mostly in its country of origin, the United Stated of America. Lindy Hop, Charleston, Foxtrot, Jitterbug, Shag, Rock'n'roll, Twist, Hustle and Disco are regarded as representatives of the most popular swing dances. This group represents the biggest group of social dances as well, and bearing in mind they are originating from the North-American soil, often they are labelled north-american dances. Regardless of the fact they are originating from the United States of America, swing dances evolved under social influences from European, African, Carribean and Latin American soil. Emergence of swing dances coincides with the introduction and development of Jazz music, and notably with a special way of performing Hot Jazz by soloists and Big Bands. This paper explores the differences between a swing dance, a group of swing dances developing in the United States of America from the 1920s to the 1950s, swing music associated to these dances, and finally swingtime or period of music, dance, fashion and lifestyle of 1920s, 30s and 40s. A special focus is given to four periods of development of swing dances: ragtime, swingtime, rock and roll as well as modern swing period. For each of the periods of the development of swing dances, the best known dances are listed and described. The conclusion underlines the influence of social events and lifestyles on emergence, development, modification but also disappearance of swing dances.


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How to Cite

D. Mandarić, S. . (2016). SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON DEVELOPMENT OF SWING DANCES. KULTURA POLISA, 13(29), 451–463. Retrieved from



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