Swing dancing is a classic American-style dance that was invented in the 1920s. Over the years, many variations on this style have come to life. Here at Fred Astaire Reston, we teach both traditional swing dancing as well as west coast swing. We are often asked what the difference is between these two styles, so in this blog, we will be looking at them a little more in depth.


The original form of swing dancing dates back to the 1920s. It rose to popularity alongside the swing style of jazz. Standard swing revolves around a variety of circular patterns.Modern swing dancers have adapted the style to go well with a wide variety of music, and over the last 90 plus years, swing has continually evolved to include a blend of many different styles.

West Coast Swing

One of the biggest differences between standard swing and west coast swing is that the latter is based around rectangular patterns, while the former is based around circular patterns. West coast swing is also a slower, more formal style relative to standard swing. It is still a fast-paced and fun dance to learn when compared to purely formal ballroom styles.

No matter what style of swing dancing you are interested in learning, we can help. Our talented staff has years of experience both dancing professionally and teaching. When you are looking for the best dance lessons in Reston, give us a call. Your first lesson is free, so contact us today to sign up!