Music and dance form popularized in the United States in the early-mid twentieth century, largely from big band-type of music, mingling with jazz. It is very high tempo, and the associated dance styles are quite physical.

Reborn in the retro-crazed nineties thanks to the media: Movies such as Swing Kids and Jon Favreau's Swingers, as well as trendy Gap ads (and the spoof by Jordan's Furniture in the Boston area).