West Coast Swing started out, originally, as “Hollywood-Style Lindy Hop”. When the swing craze was at its peak, the Lindy Hop made its way to Southern California and it caught on like wildfire.
Swing nightclubs were overflowing and so the rounded, smooth Lindy Hop of the east coast was trimmed down to a straight line, or slot, movement. The slot movement allowed more people to dance on a dance floor without running into each other as frequently.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, and that’s exactly how west coast swing came about. Nowadays, west coast swing utilizes music from the blues to pop and r&b.
It’s perfect for leaders that want to have a laid back, cool look, and for followers that don’t mind a little attention.