Texas Tommy Challenge (Level 1 – 5)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Texas Tommy with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

We predominantly use the name Texas Tommy because if pays homage to the fact that the original Texas Tommy dance came out of San Francisco, California and traveled to New York City. In good Lindy hop tradition, the key element of the dance was then borrowed/stolen for Lindy Hop. Now we have a ton of variations based on the original concept.

Tandem Rainbow

Author: kevinstlaurent

If you love rainbows, you'll love this move. If you hate rainbows, just rename it for yourself and no one has to know. It's arm flashy and fun, but does require some solid Charleston balance technique.

Pass By Leg Catch

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Extreme Drags

Author: kevinstlaurent

The name says it all. Not for the faint of heart. Follows need to be strong and resilient. Leaders need to be stable bases not afraid to apply intense energy at the correct moments. It's fine line between failure and success, but worth the effort when the move is achieved.

One Swing Out One World (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Swing Out Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

The global phenomenon of Lindy Hop means that there are lots of style and technique variations of the Swing Out. Our experiences of dancing and teaching in over 30 countries we have helped us understand the major variations and how to make them compatible with each other. We believe that lindy hop is one dance that can be shared by everyone regarless of your style choices or regional variations. Let's all dance together because we all live in the same world.

Tandem Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

A solid staple of a move for tandem position. It's straight forward and classic, but every Lindy hopper should know it inside and out. 

Tow the Line

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Hip Trip Lock Up

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Over-rotated Swing Outs (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Swing Out Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

These are super fun. Once you've mastered each variation you can mix and match them fluidly. In modern times Swing Outs are usually taught as a 360 degree rotation, but traditionally a Swing Out could be underrotated or over rotated depending on the tempo, space on the dance flloor or dynamics with your partner. If you plan to perform or compete, mastering these techniques can be super helpful.

Sugar Push

Author: kevinstlaurent

Like the Swing Out, this is one of those fundamental moves that can easily be learned over and over again. The tension and compression dynamics can always be improved & refined. 

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