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Jive vs. Swing: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on February 24, 2024
Jive is a lively, fast-paced dance originating from African American communities in the 1930s, part of the Swing dance styles, which are a group of dances developing from the Swing era of jazz music.
Jive vs. Swing

Key Differences

Jive originated in the United States in the early 20th century, heavily influenced by African American culture. Swing, a broader category, emerged during the 1920s and 1930s alongside swing jazz music.
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Jive is typically danced to faster, more upbeat music, often with a bouncy rhythm. Swing encompasses a variety of tempos and styles, adapting to different types of swing music.
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Jive is known for its high energy, kicks, and flicks, with a focus on syncopated rhythms. Swing dancing includes smoother movements and can be more improvisational, covering various dance styles like Lindy Hop and Charleston.
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Jive became popular as a competitive dance style and remains a fixture in ballroom competitions. Swing dance is celebrated for its cultural impact during the Swing era, embodying a sense of freedom and joy.
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Jive, particularly in its competitive form, gained international recognition. Swing dance has a diverse global following, with communities and revival movements worldwide.
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Comparison Chart

Origin

Emerged from African American communities.
Developed during the Swing era of jazz music.
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Musical Style

Fast-paced, upbeat music.
Variety of tempos, adapted to swing jazz.
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Dance Characteristics

High energy, kicks, and flicks.
Smoother movements, includes styles like Lindy Hop.
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Cultural Impact

Popular in competitive ballroom dancing.
Symbolizes freedom and joy from the Swing era.
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Global Influence

Recognized in international dance competitions.
Wide global community and revival movements.
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Jive and Swing Definitions

Jive

Jive is a lively dance style originating from the swing era.
They took jive lessons to compete in the local dance contest.
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Swing

Swing includes styles like Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa.
Their swing repertoire ranged from Lindy Hop to Balboa.
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Jive

Jive features fast-paced music and energetic movements.
The couple's jive performance was the highlight of the evening.
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Swing

Swing dancing is known for its improvisational and joyful nature.
The swing dancers added a sense of joy and spontaneity to the party.
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Jive

Jive incorporates kicks, flicks, and bouncy rhythms.
They practiced their jive kicks and flicks tirelessly for the show.
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Swing

Swing enjoys a diverse and enthusiastic global community.
The international swing festival attracted dancers from around the world.
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Jive

Jive evolved from African American dance forms in the U.S.
Jive's lively spirit reflects its rich African American heritage.
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Swing

To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
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Jive

Jazz or swing music.
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Swing

To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm
Swung at the ball.
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Jive

The jargon of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.
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Swing

To move laterally or in a curve
The car swung over to the curb.
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Jive

(Slang) Deceptive, nonsensical, or glib talk
"the sexist, locker-room jive of men boasting and bonding" (Trip Gabriel).
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Swing

To turn in place on or as if on a hinge or pivot.
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Jive

To play or dance to jive music.
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Swing

To move along with an easy, swaying gait
Swinging down the road.
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Jive

To talk in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
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Swing

To propel oneself from one place or position to another by grasping a fixed support
Swinging through the trees.
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Jive

To talk or chat
"You just jive in one big group, putting each other on, trying to top the last line" (Time).
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Swing

To ride on a swing.
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Jive

(Usage Problem) To be in accord.
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Swing

To shift from one attitude, interest, condition, or emotion to another; vacillate.
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Jive

To speak to (someone) in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
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Swing

(Slang) To be put to death by hanging.
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Jive

Misleading, phony, or worthless
Talking jive nonsense.
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Swing

To have a subtle, intuitively felt rhythm or sense of rhythm.
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Jive

To deceive; to be deceptive.
Don’t try to jive me! I know where you were last night!
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Swing

To play with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
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Jive

To dance, originally to jive or swing music; later, to jazz, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, disco, etc.
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Swing

To be lively, trendy, and exciting.
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Jive

(uncountable) A dance style popular in the 1940–50s.
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Swing

To engage in promiscuous sex.
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Jive

(uncountable) Swing, a style of jazz music.
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Swing

To exchange sex partners. Used especially of married couples.
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Jive

(uncountable) A slang associated with jazz musicians; hepcat patois or hipster jargon.
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Swing

To have a sexual orientation
Which way does he swing?.
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Jive

Synonym of bullshit: patent nonsense, transparently deceptive talk.
Don’t give me that jive. I know where you were last night.
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Swing

To cause to move back and forth, as on a swing.
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Jive

African-American Vernacular English.
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Swing

To cause to move in a broad arc or curve
Swing a bat.
Swung the car over.
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Jive

A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz.
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Swing

To cause to move with a sweeping motion
Swinging his arms.
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Jive

A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
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Swing

To lift and convey with a sweeping motion
Swung the cargo onto the deck.
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Jive

Dance to jive music; dance the jive
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Swing

To suspend so as to sway or turn freely
Swung a hammock between two trees.
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Jive

Jive is popular in ballroom and Latin dance competitions.
Her jive routine earned top marks at the dance championship.
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Swing

To suspend on hinges
Swing a shutter.
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Swing

To cause to turn on hinges
Swung the door shut.
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Swing

To cause to shift from one attitude, position, opinion, or condition to another.
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Swing

To manage or arrange successfully
Swing a deal.
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Swing

To bring around to the desired result
Swing an election.
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Swing

(Music) To play (music) with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.
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Swing

The act or an instance of swinging; movement back and forth or in one particular direction.
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Swing

The sweep or scope of something that swings
The pendulum's swing is 12 inches.
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Swing

A blow or stroke executed with a sweeping motion of the arm.
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Swing

The manner in which one swings something, such as a bat or golf club.
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Swing

A shift from one attitude, position, or condition to another
A swing to conservatism.
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Swing

Freedom of action
The children have free swing in deciding what color to paint their room.
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Swing

A swaying, graceful motion
Has a swing to her walk.
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Swing

A sweep back and forth
The swing of a bird across the sky.
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Swing

A course or tour that returns to the starting point
A swing across the state while campaigning.
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Swing

A seat suspended from above, as by ropes, on which one can ride back and forth for recreation.
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Swing

The normal rhythm of life or pace of activities
Back in the swing.
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Swing

A steady, vigorous rhythm or movement, as in verse.
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Swing

A regular movement up or down, as in stock prices.
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Swing

A type of popular dance music developed about 1935 and based on jazz but employing a larger band, less improvisation, and simpler harmonic and rhythmic patterns.
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Swing

A ballroom dance performed to this music.
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Swing

A subtle, intuitively felt rhythmic quality or sense of rhythm.
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Swing

(Music) Relating to or performing swing
A swing band.
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Swing

Determining an outcome; decisive
The swing vote.
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Swing

(intransitive) To rotate about an off-centre fixed point.
The plant swung in the breeze.
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Swing

(intransitive) To dance.
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Swing

(intransitive) To ride on a swing.
The children laughed as they swung.
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Swing

(intransitive) To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.
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Swing

(intransitive) To hang from the gallows; to be punished by hanging, swing for something or someone; (often hyperbolic) to be severely punished.
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Swing

To move sideways in its trajectory.
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Swing

To make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.
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Swing

(intransitive) To fluctuate or change.
It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.
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Swing

(transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
He swung his sword as hard as he could.
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Swing

(transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.
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Swing

(transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.
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Swing

To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second shorter, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.
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Swing

To move one's arm in a punching motion.
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Swing

(transitive) In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms.
"to swing one's partner", or simply "to swing"
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Swing

To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
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Swing

To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
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Swing

(nautical) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor.
A ship swings with the tide.
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Swing

The manner in which something is swung.
He worked tirelessly to improve his golf swing.
Door swing indicates direction the door opens.
The swing of a pendulum
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Swing

The sweep or compass of a swinging body.
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Swing

A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.
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Swing

A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.
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Swing

A dance style.
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Swing

(music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.
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Swing

The amount of change towards or away from something.
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Swing

(politics) In an election, the increase or decrease in the number of votes for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party.
The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.
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Swing

(cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.
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Swing

Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
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Swing

In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.
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Swing

A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.
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Swing

(obsolete) Free course; unrestrained liberty.
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Swing

Influence or power of anything put in motion.
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Swing

(boxing) A type of hook with the arm more extended.
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Swing

To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air.
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Swing

To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.
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Swing

To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.
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Swing

To be hanged.
He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief.
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Swing

To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
He swings his tail, and swiftly turns his round.
They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants.
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Swing

To give a circular movement to; to whirl; to brandish; as, to swing a sword; to swing a club; hence, colloquially, to manage; as, to swing a business.
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Swing

To admit or turn (anything) for the purpose of shaping it; - said of a lathe; as, the lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.
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Swing

The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.
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Swing

Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.
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Swing

A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise.
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Swing

Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
The ram that batters down the wall,For the great swing and rudeness of his poise,They place before his hand that made the engine.
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Swing

Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.
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Swing

Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.
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Swing

A state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity;
The party went with a swing
It took time to get into the swing of things
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Swing

Mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
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Swing

A sweeping blow or stroke;
He took a wild swing at my head
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Swing

Changing location by moving back and forth
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A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
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Swing

A jaunty rhythm in music
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Swing

The act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
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In baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball;
He took a vicious cut at the ball
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Swing

A square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
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Swing

Move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting;
He swung his left fist
Swing a bat
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Swing

Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner;
He swung back
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Swing

Change direction with a swinging motion; turn;
Swing back
Swing forward
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Swing

Influence decisively;
This action swung many votes over to his side
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Swing

Make a big sweeping gesture or movement
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Swing

Hang freely;
The ornaments dangled from the tree
The light dropped from the ceiling
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Hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement;
The soccer player began to swing at the referee
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Swing

Alternate dramatically between high and low values;
His mood swings
The market is swinging up and down
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Swing

Live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style;
The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely
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Swing

Have a certain musical rhythm;
The music has to swing
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Swing

Be a social swinger; socialize a lot
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Swing

Play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
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Swing

Engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends;
There were many swinging couples in the 1960's
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Swing

Swing is a group of dances developed to swing jazz music.
The swing dance club meets weekly to practice various styles.
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Swing

Swing has a rich history associated with the Swing era.
They explored the history of swing during the jazz appreciation course.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is Jive danced to a specific type of music?

Jive is typically danced to fast, upbeat music with a bouncy rhythm.
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What is Swing dance?

Swing dance encompasses a group of dances developed during the Swing era of jazz music.
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Where did Jive originate?

Jive originated in the United States, influenced by African American culture.
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What era did Swing dancing emerge?

Swing dancing emerged during the 1920s and 1930s.
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Can beginners learn Jive?

Yes, beginners can learn Jive, though it's a fast and energetic dance.
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Is Jive part of ballroom dancing?

Yes, Jive is often included in ballroom and Latin dance categories.
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What is Jive?

Jive is a lively, fast-paced dance style that originated from the swing era.
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What music is Swing danced to?

Swing is danced to various styles of swing jazz music.
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What is the cultural significance of Swing dancing?

Swing dancing symbolizes freedom, joy, and cultural innovation from the Swing era.
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Are there competitive events for Jive?

Yes, Jive is a popular style in ballroom and Latin dance competitions.
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What are the key movements in Jive?

Jive is characterized by kicks, flicks, and energetic, syncopated rhythms.
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Is Swing dancing still popular?

Yes, Swing dancing enjoys popularity and revival movements globally.
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What attire is suitable for Jive dancing?

Comfortable, flexible clothing and shoes suitable for fast movement are ideal for Jive.
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What shoes are best for Swing dancing?

Shoes with a smooth sole for easy movement and turning are preferred for Swing.
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Do Jive and Swing require a partner?

Typically, yes, both Jive and Swing are partner dances.
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Is Jive a social dance?

Jive can be both a social and competitive dance.
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What styles are included in Swing dancing?

Swing dancing includes styles like Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa.
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How has Swing dancing evolved?

Swing dancing has evolved with various styles and influences, maintaining a strong community.
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Are there social events for Swing dancers?

Yes, there are many social events, clubs, and festivals for Swing dancers.
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Can Jive and Swing be self-taught?

While possible, learning from experienced instructors or classes is recommended.
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