West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps and is danced to a wide range of music from Rythme/blues to Pop. Women usually wear slacks or skirts, and men dress smart casual
Carolina Shag is a six-count partner dance done mostly to moderate tempo music (100-150 bpm). During the dance the upper body and hips hardly move as the legs do convoluted kicks and fancy footwork. The lead is the center of attention, and the follow's steps either mirror the lead's or mark time while the lead shows off with spins and other gyrations. Carolina shag music is more closely associated with a variant of rhythm and blues known as "beach music". Women dress beach casual and men often wear shorts and loafers with no socks.