This builds on single and double kick technique and is a key feature for both solo and partnered Charleston moves.
Training drills with music that are great for warming up and preparing you for more challenging movement.
A traditional aspect of Lindy Hop styling used predominantly by followers, but valuable for leads to know as well. Never underestimate the power of swivels because many a Lindy Hopper have built reputations based on their swivel styling.
Texas Tommy is also called ‘Apache’ or ‘Hand Shake Behind the Back.’ We ultimately don’t care what you call it. We predominantly use the name Texas Tommy because if pays homage to the fact that the orginal Texas Tommy dance came out of San Francisco, California and traveled to New York City via two visiting dancers during the early Jazz era. In good lindy hop tradition, the key element of the dance was then borrowed/stolen for Lindy Hop. Now we have a ton of variations based on the original concept. The most important thing is that ithe way it looks is different than how it feels. That illusion is part of the magic, but also part of the danger. It’s too easy to make this a painful move so focus on the friendly/soft technique from the beginning to really make this move work on the social floor.
Here’s a plethora of drills and concepts to help you better relate your dancing to the music. They are designed as technical exercises to push your understanding of how musical structure and dancing structure can be intergrated.
This Challenge incorporates standard charleston figures and lead and follow partnered charelston figures. We suggest you move through this progressively so that the higher level figures make more sense. Many of these moves take inspiration from orignal 1920’s Charelston and work well for Great Gatsby and Prohibition themed parties and performances.
Follow slide variations. You will need a slippery floor and slippery shoes to make these slides impressive. In general, these slides are independent from your partner so they are great for being musical and flashy even when your leader is boring and not leading interesting variations.
Leader slide variations. You will need a slippery floor and slippery shoes to make these slides impressive. In general, these slides are independent from your partner so they are great for being musical and flashy even when your followerer is boring or not ready for fancy variations.
The Sham Sham has become a global Lindy Hop phenomenon. When in doubt….Shim Sham! We have 3 versions for you to learn based on your current skill level or if you need inspiration in deciding what to teach your students. Originating in the tap dance community in the 1920s from Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, Lindy Hoppers have since modified it to work for “soft shoe” dancing. The primary version used in the global Lindy Hop community was introduced by Frankie Manning to NYC in the 1980s.
Charleston Transitions (Level 2)
Fancy Vocabulary (Level 2)
Dips & Tricks (Level 2)
A continuation of partnered charleston figures. it’s reccommended to be comfortable with allthe level 1 partnered charleston figures before working on those variations.
Another set of classic solo jazz moves commonly used in lindy hop. These can be found in line dances and with a little creatively, can be adapted as styling options to enhance your partner dancing.