It Don’t Mean a Thing
(If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Students will learn to sing and dance to “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got that Swing)” by Duke Ellington. Swing dance is a style of dance that is associated with the Swing era (approximately 1935–1945) and the swing style and rhythm in jazz. Hundreds of swing dances were invented during this time, including the famous Lindy Hop, which was wildly popular at the historic Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York. Like musicians, swing dancers use call and response to communicate through movement. Dancers watch their partners closely to pick up on and respond to each other’s movements while listening carefully and staying connected to the music.