Basic 6 Count Moves

Let's first get comfortable with the Trading 8s concept using recognizable 6-count figures like tuck turns, send-outs, and pull-ins.

Tuck Turn Moves

Here you'll find a series of moves involving a redirect, or a "tuck." Tuck one way and the dance the other. Followers, as always, you need to be clear on your footwork before you start moving.

Pass By Moves

Let's take one idea and try to play with it in as many ways possible. In this unit, we have 6 pass-bys that will help you change places no matter where you are.

6 count basic (rhythm and footwork)

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

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. 

Tuck Turn, Pass By & Pull In

These three foundational moves will be a solid part of your swing dance vocabulary forever. Consider learning them as both a leader and follower to really understand every detail and get the most out of your 6 count swing.

Improvisation Techniques

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

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

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

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.