Swing Basic Step – East coast swing dance moves

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)

What did you think? Leave a comment below!


  1. says

    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.

  2. Claudio C says

    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??

  3. Natalia Pranata says

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

    Thank Regards
    Natalia pranata

  4. says


    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.

  5. says

    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! :-)

  6. Ed Mayday says

    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.

  7. vicissitudes says

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

  8. patricia terra says

    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.

  9. patricia terra says

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

  10. patricia terra says

    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

  11. says

    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

  12. Marc H. Noble says

    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.

  13. Ho Hung Tak says

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

  14. Paula Samuels says

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

  15. Emily says

    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!

  16. says


    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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