Improvisation Techniques

Author: kevinstlaurent

Improvisation is the key to good social dancing. This lesson gives you some techniques to make improvised social dancing feel natural and helps you understand the subtle but clear differences in leading and following your basic vocabulary.

Cuddle & Leader’s Sneak

Author: kevinstlaurent

Two more important and classic 6 count swing moves. The cuddle is a sweet position that is useful for many more advanced moves later on, and the leader's sneak has just a tiny bit of flash.

6 Count Swing Music Demo

Author: kevinstlaurent

Watch, copy, then put on some music and practice until you have mastered the full 6 count vocabulary. You can even try to make up some of your own moves. Everything is legal as long as you stay in rhythm!

8 Count Footwork

Author: kevinstlaurent

The 8-count triple step footwork pattern forms the basis of Lindy Hop. Learn it, love it, and live it. Practicing the footwork solo is an important step before the challenge of touching/connecting to a partner. You must earn the right to touch a partner by doing the solo practice first.

Follower & Leader Yo-Yo

Author: kevinstlaurent

The Yo-Yo helps create the framework for the Swing Out and other classic moves. It's great for partner technique and rhythm practice and may not be all that common on the social dance floor, however, it is essential for building up to the vocabulary to come.

6 ct, 8 ct, & Charleston Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

In the beginning, transitioning between different rhythms and different moves can be difficult and intimidating. However, progress is impossible without failure. We like to think of it as "Fail Forward". With time and experience, these transitions will become easier. Practice, laugh, smile, and repeat!

Leading and Following Basic Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

In the beginning, transitioning between different rhythms and different moves can be difficult and intimidating. However, progress is impossible without failure. We like to think of it as "Fail Forward". With time and experience, these transitions will become easier. Practice, laugh, smile, and repeat!

Summary of Intro to Swing

Author: kevinstlaurent

Congratulations! You have a 6 count, 8 count, and Charleston vocabulary and are ready to get out and dance. Go find a local swing dance and have fun! If the art of Swing dance inspires you, there is so much more to learn on ilindy.com!

6 count basic (rhythm and footwork)

Author: kevinstlaurent

6 count swing is an easy 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. In this first lesson, we cover the basic 6 count rhythm and footwork. Get comfortable with it on your own so you can do it easily with a partner.

The Jockey

Author: kevinstlaurent

The Jockey is the basic 6 count rhythm in closed position with a partner. It's a great starting place for syncing up rhythmically with a partner and feeling how the dance feels while connected to someone. We often start our dances with a jockey to feel connected before getting crazy.