Charleston Tuck Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

A solid fundamental Charleston move that must be mastered. The upper body and geography is basically the same as a standard tuck turn, but the footwork uses Charleston kicks.

Tandem Rainbow Rotational Kicks

Author: kevinstlaurent

It starts like the regular Tandem Rainbow, and ends like the regular Tandem Rainbow, but gets funky in the middle. Everyone needs to have solid independent balance, solid kick technique and strong calves.

3 Wall Swing Out

Author: kevinstlaurent

This is not limited to 3 walls, but please keep it under double digits. It's fun to lead and really useful to change orientation when performing or competing. Caught on the 'closed' side of the dance, rest easy, 3 wall your way to open goodness.

Arm Hook Tuck Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

It's a sneaky fun but in a good way. It doesn't always work because the follow might be doing some cool styling with their free arm, but when it does it adds a technical spiciness to the dance. This one is not about flashy, it's about playfulness and creativity.

Sugar Foot

Author: kevinstlaurent

A longtime personal favorite of Kevin's, this leadable footwork variation can be found in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Carolina Shag, West Coast Swing and many more. It's one part flash, one part technical and has lots of potential for creative musicality.

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.

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.

Loopdeloo

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Rhythm Circle Swing Out

Author: kevinstlaurent

A high energy lindy classic. We don't do this in every dance, but during the right song it feels and looks amazing. It combines circular and linear momentum and conjures up shapes and feelings of early southern California lindy hop.