Hi there!

My name is Ana Piérola. I’m a Swing dancer and Data Analyst from Valencia (Spain).

In July 2020, I started Give Me The Beat as an online survey of the Swing Dance Community as part of my Master’s Thesis about Data Visualization and Information Design at SHIFTA.

From October 2020, Give Me The Beat is an online live space where the Swing Community can share and learn bout their and other members’ music.

Why 'Give Me The Beat'?

A little bit of History

The older styles of jazz are grouped together under the heading “two-beat jazz.” Toward the end of the twenties, the two-beat styles seemed all but exhausted. In Harlem, and even more in Kansas City, a new way of playing developed around 1928– 29. With the second great exodus in jazz history— the journey from Chicago to New York— Swing begins. Swing may be characterized as four-beat jazz, because it puts stress on all four beats of the bar.

There is a difference between saying that a jazz piece swings and that it is Swing. Any jazz tune that is Swing also swings— if it is any good. But, conversely, not all jazz that swings is necessarily Swing.

Joachim-Ernst Berendt

Jazz Book : From Ragtime to the 21st Century

The history of jazz dance is intimately tied to the history of jazz music.

“Jazz is a physical and aural expression of the complexity and exuberance of American culture and history.” Jazz dance and music emerged primarily from what is known as African-American folk and vernacular music and dance, lending creative inspiration to each other’s development.

In the 1930s, jazz swing style music and jazz social dance were at their peak. Dances emphasized the swinging body in space, moving not only through the body’s weighted and under-curve release in and through space but also through a propulsive, rhythmic conversation with the equally swinging and propulsive jazz music. Music and dance at the Savoy (Harlem, New York City) drew attention to the fact that the tradition of black music and dance forms were interrelated, and together were responsible for the swing phenomenon.”

Jill Flanders Crosby & Michèle Moss

Jazz Dance : A History of the Roots and Branches