When you try to tell people in California about beach music, they think you're talking about something from the Beach Boys. (These are the same people who think Texas is in the south.)
But I just attended a West Coast Swing competition and I have to tell you. They do everything different out here. They took our little ole Shag dancing and made it sexy. I think the South Carolina version of the dance was created for Baptist conventions because it involves very little touching and very little hip action. This West Coast thing looks a lot more serious. There a whole lot of hip sliding and gyrating going on with these steps. And the people who dance it - they must be doing lots of Yoga to get their bodies moving that way.
But they were dancing to some of our songs - I heard "under the boardwalk" at least once. Maybe we have more in common than I thought.