Basket Whip with Lean
Without commitment, everyone should just go home. This is a do it or don’t move. If you say yes, commit to the cheesiness. Those who own this move will convince the people around that the move is cool. The added bonus is that it’s also really fun to do.
The move speaks for itself when done properly. It really requires the follower to bring it. Jo makes it look good because she knows how to do a powerful jumping barrel roll. The leader’s job is important, but not really the difference maker.
Counter Balance Switches
This lindy staple can be done on weight, but it’s spectacular when it’s done in counter-balance. It’s worth learning both techniques before you make a judgment. The leader’s role is less visually important as the power of this move comes from the follow shine, but the technique requires that both partners know the technique for it to work. It might be fair to say, that every lindy routine and social dance doesn’t quite feel complete unless switches have been done.
Follower Circle-Circle Slide
Circle up, my friends, because it’s time to add some flash to a basic! Impress your friends and look slick on the dance floor by using momentum to our advantage and adding a circle slide to our circle. If you are comfortable with the solo movement, you’ll easily be able to slide your way to glory!
Hip Trip Lock Up
This is a low aerial for partners only. It’s not excessively dangerous, but many a folks have crashed and burned on this seemingly easy aerial. Depending on your weight differential, choose the role of ‘base’ or ‘flyer’ to effectively get this move to work. We then challenge you to use it sparingly and to hit the musical break when you do.
Always surprising and oddly functional. This move can be done pathetically or spectacularly. When done poorly, it’s because the partners aren’t working together. To achieve the magic, everyone needs to do their job correctly. So focus on the technique and then film yourselves to know if you’ve really achieved the ‘look’ of the move.
Partnered Jump Charleston
Taking inspiration from the solo jazz move ‘Jump Charleston,’ this partnered version has some key differences to make it lead and followable. Naturally partners can just do the solo version while holding hands, but we encourage you to take this opportunity to expand what you think is possible with partner dancing. It’s technical and fun and flashy.
Pass By Leg Catch
It’s funky and fun, but this full commitment move doesn’t work when done partially. Attention: Leaders should know and be comfortable with their partners before trying it.
Tornado Swing Outs
The traveling madness of tornado swing outs brings all the crazy fun of Lindy Hop to the social, competitive and performance floor. Definitely work on your visuals to make this move more spectacular. Nobody likes weak tornado swing outs, so give the name it’s due justice and channel your inner TORNADO!
Tow the Line
High risk, but great payoff. The leader has to fully commit to the shape and rotation and then hope their follow will respond quickly and smoothly. Falling over is to be expected. Jump up and try again.