"Swing dance" is most commonly known as a group of dances that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1950s, although the earliest of these dances predate "swing era" music. The best known of these dances is the Lindy Hop, a popular partner dance that originated in Harlem in 1927 and is still danced today. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. While the majority of swing dances began in African American communities as vernacular African American dances, some swing era dances, such as the Foxtrot and the Balboa, ...

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Swing! is a musical conceived by Paul Kelly with music by various artists. It celebrates the music of the Swing era of jazz, including many well-known tunes by artists like Duke Ellington, William "Count" Basie, Benny Goodman and others. It received a nomination for the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical and other Tony awards.

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  1. The manner in which something is swung.
  2. A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.
  3. A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
  4. A dance style.
  5. The genre of music associated with this dance style.
  6. The amount of change towards or away from something.
    1. In an election, the increase or decrease in the number of votes for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party.
      The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
  7. Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
  8. The diameter that a lathe can cut.
  9. In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
  10. A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
  11. Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
  12. Free course; unrestrained liberty.


  1. To move backward and forward, especially rotating about or hanging from a fixed point.
    The plant swung in the breeze.
  2. To dance.
  3. To ride on a swing.
    The children laughed as they swung.
  4. To participate in the lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
  5. To hang from the gallows.
  6. to move sideways in its trajectory.
  7. To fluctuate or change.
    It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
  8. To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
    He swung his sword as hard as he could.
  9. To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
  10. To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
    If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
  11. To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.
  12. to make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
  13. To move one's arm in a punching motion.
  14. In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms.
    "to swing one's partner", or simply "to swing"
  15. To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
    The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
  16. To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
  17. To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor.
    A ship swings with the tide.

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