The Hoe-Down incorporated a variety of American Negro elements such as Foot Stomping, Hand Clapping, Ring Games and Spirituals.
In later years the Swing dance community adopted this same type of Hoe-Down, but it would be called a "Jam" usually happening spontaneously and was done just for fun. The Jam would form to certain known songs being played, usually a medium speed song such as "Rockin' at Midnight" or "Give Me Something Fried" and each subsequent song getting faster, then finally ending with Hand Clappin'.
This Jam would be used to generally showcase the "Hottest" dancers or local "hotshots" in the place as well as past champion and/or legendary dancers from the past and sometimes a challenger who thought they were good enough. Occasionally a couple would come out who should not be out there, usually an unknown dancer to the group but would quickly be replaced. No one is ever booed but sometimes cheered on or applauded. Each dancer is generally given about 30 to 45 seconds to shine before being replaced by the next dancer with some getting a few more seconds due to procrastination by other eager dancers confused on who's going next.
These dancers would ease out onto the floor, letting the current dancer become aware they were coming out with the current dancers dancing off the floor. Once the current dancer was safely off the floor the then current dancers were somewhat in the center of the Jam circle, they would cut loose. The best dancer's would usually finish last as no one would want to replace or "follow them" on the floor, or the Music got to dang fast or occasionally the music would just end and the dancer's would go back to general dancing.
The Hip-Hop community also does a "Dance Jam" or "challenge dance" with a solo or group taking the circle knocking out the previous solo or group that was dancing.