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Level 3

Now you are ready to start getting more specific on dance mechanics and how to be in control. You can already comfortably make all the classic shapes of Lindy Hop, but can’t get better unless you really break down the individual parts that make each movement.
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Core Technique – Spinning Fundamentals (part 1) Traveling Turns

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Technique Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

If you can’t turn, you can’t dance. Leaders are especialy guilty of terrible turning technique. If you want to lead turns properly, you need to understand and know how to turn yourself. Followers are forced to survive turning moves because they are so prominent in the dance, but most follows lack proper technique and plateau quickly. If you learn this technique, you dancing can easily advance to the next level.

Challenges – Texas Tommy Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop Texas Tommy challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Challenges – One Swing Out One World (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Swing Out Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

The global phenomenon of Lindy Hop means that there are lots of style and technique variations of the Swing Out. Our experiences of dancing and teaching in over 30 countries we have helped us understand the major variations and how to make them compatible with each other. We believe that lindy hop is one dance that can be shared by everyone regarless of your style choices or regional variations. Let’s all dance together because we all live in the same world.

Challenges – Overrotated Swing Outs (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Swing Out Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

These are super fun. Once you’ve mastered each variation you can mix and match them fluidly. In modern times Swing Outs are usually taught as a 360 degree rotation, but traditionally a Swing Out could be underrotated or over rotated depending on the tempo, space on the dance flloor or dynamics with your partner. If you plan to perform or compete, mastering these techniques can be super helpful.

Challenges – Musicality (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop Musicality challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Challenges – 1920’s Partner Charleston Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop Charleston challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Challenges – Followers Slides Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop followers styling challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Challenges – Leaders Slides Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop Leaders styling challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Challenges – Yo Yo Turns Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance training - Lindy Hop challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Get ready to lead and follow turns in 3 different rythms (half time, full time & syncopated) and on both sides of the body using the Yo-Yo shape. This assumes you are comfortable with the solo traveling turning drills found in core technique.

Challenges – Drive in Challenges (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

This is a great shape of a move that can easily interchange 3 major ryhthms we use in Lindy Hop (half time, full time & syncopated). Start by getting the shape with each ryhthm independently before you move on to intermixing the rhythms. Once mastered, you will have the ability to be more musical with your dancing becasue you will be able to instantaneously adjust your rhythm during a social dance to match the music more precisely and creatively.

Challenges – Basket Arms Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Challenges with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

A fun cross hands hold position that can use the 3 major ryhthms we use in Lindy Hop (half time, full time & syncopated). This Challenge will give you a lot of variations that you can create with your partner and the ability to be more musical with your dancing.

Challenges – Side by Side Charleston Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Charleston Moves with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

This is an important skill set to have as a Lindy Hopper because side by side Charleston is used so frequently. The exciting thing about this challenge is gaining the ability to actually lead and follow the difference between single and multiple kicks. Traditionally these moves were primarily visual or semi-choreographies, but now you can use physical connection to gain more control, be more precise and most importantly, be more musical.

Challenges – Side by Side Cross-overs Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Charleston moves with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

This Challenge expands on the simple concept of a cross over step, but goes into the details on how to actually lead and follow it with your partner. Take your time and understand the connection principles before you race ahead and just mimic the shape. The goal is control and connection with your partner that will make social dancing more exciting and your musicality more robust.

Challenges – Creating Followers Variations (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Followers Variations with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Jo uses the Swing Out framework and some set styling options as a way to establish a base of movement so followers can eventually create their own variations. It’s important to practice the movement solo initially before attempting with a partner. Once you have a willing Leader, ask them to lead short sequences of just Swing Outs so you can really burn into muscle memory each new variation.

Challenges – Lazy Fast Dancing Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Fast Lindy Hop Challenge with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Lasy Fast dancing can look simple, but the technique is critical to making it feel comfortable. To be succesful with this, foucus on getting the mechanics right. We view this as early style lindy hop when the traditional jazz music was using more of a two beat feel and was typically played at upper tempos. With two beat style jazz music, we are less inclined to triple step, but often we are ‘lazy’ about using full charelston kicking for the entire song. Hence lazy fast dancing can be a comfortable method for long nights of social dancing.

Choreographies – California Routine (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Learn the California Routine with Kevin & Jo

A classic short piece of choreo (32 bars) from the famous Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. This is a must know for any lindy performer or competitor. As the story goes, the Savoy Ballroom based lindy troupe from Harlem, New York City was hired to be in a movie that was being filmed in Hollywood, California. So they spent time rehearsing in NYC before departing. They had to practice the routine they were going to use in California. You know, the “California Routine.” It’s now a classic and several versions exist. Level 5 is the primary version Kevin and Jo use. Level 3 & 4 are adapted versions for lower tempos and for when you don’t have a partner you can do aerials with.

Choreographies – Vilinus Routine (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Routine with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

This is 32 bars (16 Eight counts) of Lindy Hop choreography that Kevin and Jo created while being stuck in Vilnius, Lithuania when their next gig was cancelled due to an earthquake in Italy. The format takes inspiration from the California routine. It’s full of cool moves and can be used as a building block for bigger routines. Feel free to modify it for a particular song or use it as a training choreo with your competition or performance partner.

Choreographies – Shim Sham (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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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.

Vocabulary – Fancy Vocabulary (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop vocabulary with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Moves Moves Moves! At some point every dancer goes through the “how many moves do I know?” stage. It’s a crucial part of the learning process. Even if you don’t like the move, it’s important to know that they exist. This can especially be true when in the following role as a way to avoid injury when dancing with a leader who might be dancing beyone their abilities.

Vocabulary – Dips & Tricks (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Tricks with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Now comes the flashy moves. Theses are the type of figures that seem to fit better when only be done once in a social dance. Basics should be repeated and they ground the dance. Dips and Tricks add the occasional excitement and flavor, expecially useful during musical climaxes.

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