Solo Warm Up
These warm-up exercises simultaneously prepare your body for a more rigor workout while teaching you fundamental muscle isolations that every dancer can benefit from. Don’t worry about being perfect. These drills require repetition to master. Just follow along and do the best you can. The critical concept is repetition. We suggest beginning all your training sessions with at least one of these videos.
Forward Solo One Foot Turns
Turning is both fun and challenging. The best way to have fun on the dance floor is to increase your technical skills. Use these forward one-foot turning drills to build a base technique. When applied to partner dancing details change, but the core concepts are the same. Mastering personal body control is crucial to being a supportive and effective dance partner.
Backward Solo One Foot Turns
Turning well in one direction on one foot doesn’t mean you can be successful on the other foot or in the opposite direction. You need to practice on both feet, in both directions. Don’t worry if you have a stronger side – through regular training, you can be equally awesome in turning in both directions!
Solo All-Triple Training
Here’s a way to train your partner dancing when you don’t have access to a partner. Having the skill to triple step in multiple directions with multiple variations will set you up for success when it comes time to improvise while partner dancing. With this skill set, you’ll be able to handle almost any situation while social dancing!
Solo Triple Steps 6 vs 8 count Training
The two dominate footwork patterns used in Lindy Hop are the 6 & 8-count triple step patterns. These training videos will give you the ability to comfortably handle the majority of moves and figures executed in Lindy Hop. Feel free to do these exercises to different songs and tempos beyond what we demonstrate here.
Solo Two Foot Turns
Everybody that wants to call themselves a dancer must know how to turn. Followers will especially benefit from these drills as classic Lindy Hop uses this turning technique throughout the dance. And Leaders, this skill is for you to learn as well! Every top-level Leader is skilled at two-foot turns, so don’t think anyone is off the hook for this training.
Solo Charleston Training
These drills are balanced on both sides of the body and comprehensive in the kick variations you will see throughout Lindy Hop and Charleston. Straighten your legs on every kick. Regardless of your personal skill, start at Level 1 and work your way to Level 4 (it’s a great workout, we promise). Everyone needs to regularly push the limits of their tempo in order to stay agile and ready. These drills will kick you to glory!
Solo Swivel & Rotation Training
All around the world Followers ask about how to improve your swivels. This is everything. If you can do this, your swivels will be unstoppable. Practice along with these videos until you’re ready to make your own playlist and increase the tempo. Oh, and Leaders, Kevin trains these as well because everyone needs to know how to use their bodies. Boom!!
Solo Metronome Training
How good is your rhythm? No really, how do you know? When did you check last? Jo found out in 2017 that her rhythm needed work and here’s what she did to tighten it up. Using the same tools that musicians do, a metronome won’t lie to you about when you’re making your weight changes. No matter how long you’ve been dancing, it’s probably time for a check-up.
In these videos, we’ll practice stepping in full-time and using triple steps. Once you’ve gone through those sequences, then follow along with Jo as she creates different shapes and rhythms to challenge your eyes and ears.
Partnered Triple Step Swing Out Training
Triple steps are at the core of Lindy Hop. Once you’re personally comfortable with the solo technique of triple stepping, it’s time to apply it to a partner situation with a focus on connection and communication.
Partnered Fast Dancing Training
These videos explore the various footwork patterns that can be used while Lindy Hopping. The goal is to explore the differences and build awareness of what footwork patterns work best at certain tempos. Be sure to push yourself as training and familiarity with the drills will open up new possibilities for you. Don’t fret if it doesn’t feel comfortable yet; with time and practice, it will become easier and more fun.
Partnered Body Position Training
There are many different ways to hold ones’ body while dancing Lindy Hop. These training videos explore what we have identified as the 4 main Body Positions used when dancing Lindy Hop (Front, Center, Back, and Counter). It might feel awkward initially, but with practice and time, they will become fluid and begin to feel natural. When we social dance, we usually flow in and out of these body positions, but for the sake of the drill, stay disciplined and focus on one body position at a time.