Christine Keeble and Simon de Lisle
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European Rock 'n' Roll, Bug & Boogie Woogie

'Ballroom Jive' was in fact only one of several mutations of the Jitterbug when the 1950's came to an end. The wartime GI's had left various legacies across Europe that took different forms after 50's Rock'n'Roll died, leaving the way open for home grown varieties to flourish. In Sweden 'The Bug' filled this slot. In Germany 'Boogie Woogie' emerged as the strictly 'floor step' version of the dance while European Rock'n'Roll covered the aerial acrobatic dimension. Whereas 'Boogie Woogie' could be danced socially, European Rock'n'Roll was strictly for competitions. It is very popular on the continent of Europe, especially in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, France, Italy and some eastern European countries.

European Rock'n'Roll is characterised by footwork with a flicking action (kick-ball-change) and high knee lifts. The focus is on acrobatic moves. Instead of wearing full skirts girls wear leotards and are more likely to have trained in a gym than in a dance studio and usually the male is very muscular while the women are often slim gymnasts.

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