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California Routine (Level 3 – 5)

Author: Aldo

Learn the California Routine with Kevin St Laurent and Jo Hoffberg

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.

Vilinus Routine (Level 3 & 4)

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.

Al & Leon Shim Sham (Level 5)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Al & Leon Shim Sham with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

A variation of the Shim Sham as performed by Al Minns and Leon James, two famous original Lindy Hoppers who were part of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. No prior knowledge of the original Shim Sham is necessary. It's great for expanding your personal jazz movement and very versatile for incorporating into larger lindy routines.

Slip Slop Shim Sham (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

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Originally choreographed by Dax Orion and Kevin St. Laurent in 2007 at Herrang Dance Camp, the Slip Slop Shim Sham is a fun way to push your sliding skills. It uses the same structure as the Shim Sham, but involves tricky slide moves. Proper shoes and a proper floor can make all the difference with this short routine. It's also great to dance simultaneously while the rest of the room is dancing the traditional Shim Sham.

Lazy Fast Footwork

Author: Aldo

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

Seemingly simple, these short drills when done properly will prepare you to be a fun partner to dance with as opposed to a laborious partner to sturggle with. Focus on your weight, body pulse and relaxation.

Big Apple (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

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

This is specifically a version of the Big Apple routine as choreographed by Frankie Manning for Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. It can be seen in the film Keep Punching. The music used here was transcribed by Solomon Douglas from the film clip and recorded by the Solomon Douglas Swingtet. This routine can be used as is for performance gigs and/or played as a line dance during a social dance. It has a solo and partnered sections. This might be Jo's all time favorite routine. She has been spotted running enthusiastically from conversations, waiting for a drink at the bar, from the middle of dinner and even from the car as it pulls up to the social dance when she hears this song.