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.

Follower & Leader Yo-Yo

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

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

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

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 www.ilindy.com!

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.