My nickname is Boogie and I’m sure my parents got my name from this famous dance. What is this dance anyway?
I searched online and according to Wikipedia, the name boogie-woogie is used mostly in Europe; the closest thing in the US is probably East Coast Swing. What today is called boogie-woogie would during the 1950s have been called rock’n’roll. The term boogie woogie is confusing; the dance can be danced to the music style called boogie-woogie but is most often danced to rock music of various kinds. The name was taken since the name rock’n’roll used in competition dance was already taken by a highly acrobatic dance form. Boogie woogie as a competition dance is a led dance, not choreographed, and contains no acrobatic elements.
The usual step variation of this dance is a six beat dance pattern, usually cued as “step, step, tri-ple step, tri-ple step”, with words “step” taking a whole beat and pieces “tri” and “ple” together taking one beat. Triple forms a syncopated step, where “ple” is typically somewhat delayed from being in the half way between the beats, which matches the syncopated music used in boogie-woogie has also counts like “one” “two” “one” “two” “three”.