Origins of East Coast Swing

By the end of 1936, the Lindy was sweeping the United States. The first reaction of most formal dance instructors to the Lindy was a chilly negative. In 1936 Philip Nutl, president of the American Society of Teachers of Dancing, expressed the opinion that swing would not last beyond the winter. In 1938 Donald Grant, president of the Dance Teachers' Business Association, said that swing music "is a degenerated form of jazz, whose devotees are the unfortunate victims of economic instability." However, in 1942 members of the New York Society of Teachers of Dancing were told that the Lindy Hop could no longer be ignored. Its "cavortings" could be refined to suit a crowded dance floor. The result would be East Coast Swing, an invention of the formal ballroom instructors.