Ballroom dance steps

Swing Basic Step – East coast swing dance moves

by Leon Turetsky · 29 comments

Swing-dance-stepsHere is the first lesson of the East coast swing dance moves. It is the Swing basic step! It consists of rock step, triple step, triple step. We will show you how to do this move to the music, timing, then we’ll break down the exact steps for me and women, and explain how to lead and follow.

Stay tuned for our next lesson where we will give you 3 tips on how to do the Swing step even better. Be sure to check out our other East coast Swing dance moves.

More East Coast Swing dance steps (click here)

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee Alpert March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Thanks for the start. Looking forward to the next Swing steps!

Leon March 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Renee, yes we are working on more!

Leon March 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Hi Claudio,

Yes Jive and Swing dance moves have the same foot pattern for the basic steps. And tons of the steps are the very much the same between those two dances!

The main difference between Swing and Jive is the footwork technique and speed. East coast Swing is much slower.

Claudio C March 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I am a little confused here Leon.
I am taking dancing lessons at a local Dance Studio and the basic Jive steps that I leaned there are exactly the same as
your Swing Basic Step.
Are some steps the same on both of these dances??

Natalia Pranata May 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Dear Sir
I have subscribed for 3 days, however I need for intermediate level, how could I get them?

Thank Regards
Natalia pranata

Leon May 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm


We have both beginner and intermediate lessons in other dances. But we just started making swing lessons. There will be more swing lessons added soon.

yasamine July 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm


Bruce B August 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I got the “trial by fire” treatment a few months ago at a local dance hall; great if you have any aptitude for dancing, which (despite the fact that I’m a musician) I do not. Your basic swing dance video really helped me to get started. Now all I gotta do with these three left feet is practice practice practice! :-)

Ed Mayday April 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Hi Leon,
Have become your newest member. At 70, my bucket list includes learning to do ONE dance WELL, and I’m excited about being YOUR online student of the East Coast Swing.. I’m sure I will thoroughly enjoy this venture.

Leon April 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Hi Ed! Welcome aboard. Yes just follow the videos and have fun!

vikky May 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

i really want to learn the swing

vicissitudes July 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Very good demonstration,easy to understand and follow. Is it also one episode in Tango,Rumba and some other dances where it fits in?

patricia terra July 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Excellent class. Very clear, and learned more here than in my practical class! Only now, I was able to get the basic step. Will go on with classes and hope they are as good as this first basic one.

patricia terra August 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

I have finished the beginner level… but cannot find next classes…i.e. the charleston steps and more advanced swing lessons. Where are they?

patricia terra August 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

I really enjoy your classes. But I want to learn the swing really well and soon and need a few more advanced clases, that was my main reason to join this site. Please let me know when you add some more dance steps in swing. pat

Mark October 27, 2013 at 5:56 am

Great. Crystal clear. Thanks.

Ven January 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

Leon and Kim
your Guy are amazing
very very good demonstration easy to understand and follow and make it so easy.
I am practicing with this lesson.
I will be your student online very soon.
And you both are very Hot Hot !!! and cutie
Thanks very much . Ven

George Kelly May 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

first class, nice and easy to follow, just up my street.

Marc H. Noble July 8, 2014 at 10:49 am

I’m using your videos to go along with dance classes. The great thing about your classes is that I can review over and over and pick up the details that I might miss the first or second time. What’s really encouraging is that the people in the class can recognize that I’m moving further and faster then they are. I’m just getting started but definitely find that I’m getting better faster and learning more using your lessons.

Ho Hung Tak August 1, 2014 at 1:15 am

It is quite helpful. Can you also show the steps of moving forward and backward with the triple steps. same technique??

Paula Samuels September 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

Great video because it shows and explains the weight change that needs to happen on the steps. Thank you.

Tim December 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

this is a fun dance to learn

My Dotrong January 2, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Excellent start for us.
Thanks Leon and Kim

Lyn Palliaer February 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

Can I have a lessons for jive dance for beginners please

Lyn Palliaer February 9, 2015 at 5:06 am

Your dance is really good and easy to follow. Thanks Kim and Leon.

Leon Turetsky February 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

At this moment we have no plans to create Jive lessons.

Leroy Gesbeck March 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm

You make it look so easy coz you give an attention to all the details.

Emily May 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

I am inclined to bring this to your attention:
The way you are holding hands is incorrect. The lead’s left hand should be offered like a cookie jar, and the follow’s right hand reaches into it (mostly just her fingers, thumb is outside). After this, these same arms should be completely relaxed; if they remain up, this indicates a false lead to the follow. I have experienced this and it is confusing for both dancers. The lead’s right hand should be on the follow’s left shoulder blade (not too high) so that the lead can control and direct her core. The follow’s left hand should be resting in the middle of the lead’s right upper arm near his triceps.
I am a teacher at a college swing dance club, and I know that this is important to correct. Swing dancing in general is much more relaxed than any of the other ballroom dances and having the proper frame is necessary, as it is one main difference. I am saying all this for the benefit of those who wish to learn this dance and because it is something I am passionate about. Please continue learning and remember to have fun!

Leon Turetsky May 9, 2015 at 9:50 am


There are many holds in Swing and in any partner dancing… You can have the hands low or high, or can be in open position. This is just a closed hold that I showed the basic in. Best.

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