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Words of the dance

East Coast swing: Also called American or triple-step swing due to the rhythm of the basic triple step, this dance consists of six- and eight-count patterns. East Coast swing, derived from Lindy Hop and jitterbug, is the base for all swing dances.

Foxtrot: A smooth dance noted for being the first dance to incorporate into the rhythm a combination of slows and quicks.

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