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Budapest Turning Challenge (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

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

Orignally taught to the invitation group at Lindy Shock (a dance event in Budapest, Hungary), this seemingly simple exercise combines a ton of skills that are difficult to accurately execute. The first 3 videos show the basics of each ryhthm used. The 4th video goes indepth on the technique reguired to lead and follow rate of roation and be 100% accurate with this move shape. Both sides of the body should be drilled equally to make you a more wholistic dancer.

Drive in Challenges (Level 3 – 5)

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.

Basket Arms Challenge (Level 3 – 5)

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.

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.

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.

Leaders Swing Out Styling Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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

Here's a solid 3 variations to make leaders' Swing Outs look more stylish. The emphasize is on solo practice intitially so you learn how to control your body. Only after it feels successful solo should you then attempt these with a willing partner.

Crawl Challenges (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Authentic Solo Jazz classes with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Crawls are simultaneously basic and really complex. So many elements of solo and partner dancing rely on these skills. So jump in and go for it. Depending on your previous movement training/practice these steps might seem easy and fun or difficult and frustrating.

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.

Texas Tommy Challenge (Level 1 – 5)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Texas Tommy 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.

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.