On the Sunny Side of Swing

Ana Piérola. 19 October 2020

Swing music was born in the United States during the 1930s and shook up the ballrooms all across the country. Nowadays it is still playing for the international Swing Dance Community, but was it all the rage just in the past century? Is it only a retro trend? Or is it possible that Swing is more alive than ever?

The Whitey's Lindy Hoppers performing in the film ‘Hellzapoppin'’ (1941)

Swing has come to our time as dance studios and festivals all around the globe. From the end of the Roarin’ 20s in Harlem (New York City), stepping its way through Hollywood , it has reached the hearts and feet of several generations of dancers. Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Blues… they all came to stay with a good dose of modernity. .

A walk on the sunny side of the street

Curiously enough, in June 2020, the tune ‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’ turned out to be the most popular song in an open survey for members of the Swing Dance Community. With a sweet melody and a danceable rhythm , it is a delight for both novel and experienced dancers.

In this article, I am going to show you what an iconic tune such as ‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’ can tell us about the history of Swing.


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