Swing Out Challenge (Level 4)

iLindy.com - Lindy Hop Swing out training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

This is were we push the boundries of a traditional Swing Out. We use the basic shape of a Swing Out, but then vary the counts and the rythms to create new variations. We hope you will take these concepts and create your own.

Pass By Leg Catch

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.

Frog Jump

Ever since childhood we’ve wanted to jump like frogs. If you don’t feel a little ridiculous at times, you’re probably not doing Lindy Hop correctly. Get over yourself, find a partner and channel your inner amphibious creature to reach new heights and make all your friends green with envy.

Leader’s Send Out V-Slide

Slides need the right conditions. One must have a cooperative floor, a supportive partner and we recommend high-quality slippery shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing a beautiful pair of Saint Savoy Shoes equipped with hard leather soles that allow him to slip slide the night away.

Swing Out from Closed Position

Swinging out from the closed or jockey position the most common way to start a dance or transition from the 6-count footwork to 8-count (More on this on the 6, 8 and charleston transition lesson).

Pop Turns (Level 2)

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop 8 count moves with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Pop turns are a dynamic basic move that can add some flavor to your dancing. These are 4 core pop turn figures every lindy hopper should know.

Tow the Line

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.

Leader’s Pass by Heel Slide

With a great move comes the responsibility to have great shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing hard leather soled shoes with a built up heel provided by Saint Savoy. The floor also needs to be sufficiently slippery and ones partner needs to be supportive. Once everything is in place, slide your heels away.

Reverse Swing Out Arm Hook Turn

Requiring precision, this technical move is fun for both the leader and the follower. It's less about flash and more about complex partner connection dynamics. This is the sort of move a fellow lindy geek will see and go, "Whoa, what just happened? Do it again!"

Swing Out with an Inside Turn

The inside turn is one of the easiest Swing Out variations. Once you learn to line up your shoulders with your partner on count 3 and 4, you will have the technique to do literally hundreds of Swing Out variations, including this one.