Basically everything is based on these core principles. Expect to watch and practice these concepts multiple times as you progress with your dancing. This “simple” concepts can actually be quite complex and difficult to execute properly.
Also referred to as “high information leading” vs “low information leading”, these short videos will explain the concept so you understand the lead/follow continuum.
If you can’t balance and control yourslef on one foot, you can’t call yourself a dancer.
Critical details concerning Charleston kick technique that often get ignored.
As a solo drill it’s double kicks, but really this technique is applied to any number of kicks beyond one.
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.
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.
If you can’t turn, you can’t dance. Single foot turns are super fun and impressive and don’t require a partner for training. Practice in the kitchen, practice at the bus stop, practice while waiting in lines at the supermarket. Practice, practice, practice!
What? Charleston requires spinning? Indeed it does. Expand your charleston 2 fold by learning to spin and kick at the same time!
If you’re not falling, you’re not learning. Get the right shoes on the right floor and start finding your limits.
The best part of side slides is the ride. If you do the proper preparation, you can enjoy long smooth rides across the dance floor.
Although helmets are optional, these slides can still be quite dangerous. Beware of over practicing and muscle fatigue as some of these might help you discover muscles you didn’t know you had.
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.