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.
These are super fun. Once you’ve mastered each variation you can mix and match them fluidly. In modern times Swing Outs are usually taught as a 360 degree rotation, but traditionally a Swing Out could be under-rotated or over-rotated depending on the tempo, space on the dance floor or dynamics with your partner. If you plan to perform or compete, mastering these techniques can be super helpful.
The Sham Sham has become a global Lindy Hop phenomenon. When in doubt….Shim Sham! The primary version used in the global Lindy Hop community was introduced by Frankie Manning to NYC in the 1980s.
6 count swing is a great starting place. Get dancing quickly with this series of basic steps, rhythm, connection and moves. Many great modern Lindy Hoppers started with 6 count in their first classes to get oriented and comfortable on the dance floor.
At the foundation of Lindy Hop is vernacular jazz. Simultaneously increase your solo movement technique and add to your repertoire of classic moves. Once you’ve mastered enough standard moves you can then use it as a base to create your own and be able to improvise within the style.