Electro Swing…Funky Feel-Good Music

Electro Swing…wow, love this music.  It’s so jazzy. It takes you back to the 1930s and 1940s. You can’t help but move to that heavy beat. Listen for the groove and musical breaks. You can’t deny it, this music makes you want to dance.

Exactly what is Electro Swing?

According to Wikipedia, “Electro Swing is a music genre that combines the influence of vintage or modern swing and jazz mixed with house, hip-hop, and EDM (or electronic dance music)”.   Therefore, all you need to do is pick a Swing song from the 1930s or 1940s.  Embellish your song with drums, bass, horns, clarinets, tambourine, and, of course, vampy female singers.  Consequently, you’ll be left with vintage, energizing, feel-good, fun, campy, and familiar music – only better.  

This video by Dave Wave will show you how an Electro Swing song comes together.  You’re gonna love the song. Seriously, click on it!

Curious about what dance to do to Electro Swing music?

With its heavy Swing and Big Band sound, you’ll be able to rock any style of Swing.  As a matter of fact, East Coast Swing or vintage Lindy Hop will feel great with this music.  (Check out Dance Safari’s posts on  Swing and Lindy Hop.)

Furthermore, because of the variety of rhythms and tempos in Electro Swing music, some of the songs that we listened to will work just as well with a number of other dances.  For example, Hustle, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, Merengue, and even Peabody or Charleston would be fun.  Any of these dances would be great with this Electro Swing song by La Rochelle Band, “Can You Feel It?”.

Do you know how to dance?

That’s the next question.  If you don’t dance now, it’s important that you learn.  The deal with partner dancing is that someone has to teach you. That someone can be a private instructor, a group class teacher, a video, or an online class.  Here is what you can expect, “Getting Started with Your Ballroom Dance Lessons“.

And, eventually, you’ll need a partner to practice with. That sounds like a topic for another post.

dance safari loves electro swing


  1. You were right, Barbara; I loved the Dave Wave video – it was fantastic to see it all come together… It would be extremely hard to stay seated with this music playing.. 🙂

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