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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

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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.

“Sister Kate” – Slow Tempo (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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A short and slow routinelette as a little challenge to get your grove on. It's only 4 eight counts long. Once your comfortable with the pattern, you can then use each of these moves independently in your social dancing.

“Woke Up” – Slow Tempo (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

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A nice 8 eights routinelette that has some bigger moves. The first two eight counts are a shout out to the Madison line dance originating out of Columbus, Ohio and danced in the late 1950's into the 1960's.

“Bump Routine” – Slow Tempo (Level 5)

Author: Aldo

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A short 4 eight count routinelette that has some challenging spinning for the follower. You can technically spin as little or as much as you'd like, but whatever you choose...fill the musical space. This might be a good motivator to work on one's solo spinning skills as they will be required.

¨Last Call¨- Mid-Tempo (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

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This 4 eight count routinelette can be used on almost any 32 Bar Swing section of music. The swivels on the end work really well at the end of phrases.