Swing History

Swing is a type of jazz music that emerged in the 1920s in African-American communities in the U.S. and quickly became popular throughout the American country during the following decades until the late 1940s.

During this period hundreds of swing dance styles emerged. Among those that have survived to the present day are the Lindy Hop, the Balboa, the Collegiate Shag and the Charleston.

At the end of World War II, jazz music naturally evolved towards other styles, and swing dances gradually fell into oblivion, until they were rediscovered by dancers like Sylvia Sykes and Jonathan Bixby at the end of the 80's, and what could be considered the second golden age of swing dancing began.

During the last decades, swing has become popular all over the world, and social dances and festivals are multiplying everywhere.

Swing dance came to Spain in the late 90s through Barcelona and Donosti. In Gran Canaria, it did it in 2014 by the hand of Marco Mazza, an Italian student who came from Erasmus to the island and decided to give the first classes to a few adventurous people.

Mojo Swing Canarias was born at the end of 2015 from the hands of some of those first students of Marco and on May 30, 2016 we organized our first festival, coinciding with the birthday of Frankie Manning.

Since then the local scene has not stopped growing and there are more and more fans of this dance full of joy and good vibes.

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