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back to 1910 and came out of American music, specifically, jazz, and rhythm and blues.  During the 1920's African American dancers in Harlem improvised rocking and turning movements and combined them with the Charleston.  The movements incorporated a temporary energetic separating of partners,  and were distinctly unwaltzlike and non-European.  This style of dance was known as the lindyhop (lindy) named after the first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh.  The lindy gave way to a similar dance style called the jitterbug (1940's) and today the swing has many names:  east coast swing, west coast swing, Dallas push, and Carolina shag.

Salsa dancing applies to Latin music of the 1970's which contains Latin rhythms spiced with jazz and disco rhythms.  The salsa was originally the name for a certain type of music, rather than the name for a specific dance.  Nevertheless, there has evolved a group of dances from the 1970's, that have been loosely labeled "salsa" by contemporary dancers.

Today, numerous activities exist for recreational dancing.  These include dances sponsored by schools, colleges, universities, city recreation organizations, clubs, communities, dance studios, proms, cotillions, weddings, and military balls.  Competitive dancing can range from performing for friends or community events, creating a dance formation team (a group of two or more couples who constantly move from one formation to another), or extend to collegiate and international competition.  Competitive dance (National

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