Originally Jitterbug was simply another name for the Lindy Hop that came into usage after about 1940. It is sometimes used to refer to a specific style of Lindy Hop still danced today. Especially for the east coast of North America, the term "Jitterbug" is still sometimes used to denote a fast social Swing dance usually using a single step and "quick, quick, slow, slow" rhythm. This version of the dance is a very useful and widely danced social dance and is discussed in the American Style Swing (East Coast Swing) section.

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