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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The core eight count movements of Lindy Hop. Don’t worry if your technique is not perfect. Memorizing figures is an important step in the learning process of any dance form.
A continuation of the core eight count movements of Lindy Hop. It’s reccommended to be competent with all the part 1 figures before moving on.
Pop turns are a dynamic basic move that can add some flavor to your dancing. These are 4 core pop turn figures every lindy hopper should know.
Every lindy hoppers needs to know these basic partnered charelston figures. In many ways, partnered charleston is at the root of lindy hop. Most complex partnered charleston figures stem from these core moves.
A combination of classic solo jazz moves commonly used in lindy hop. These can be found in line dances and with a little creatively, can be adapted as styling options to enhance your partner dancing.