Pop Turns

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Basket Whip

Author: kevinstlaurent

Simple flash can be the best flash. Your only risk is perhaps upsetting the "purest" of Lindy Hoppers who might say, "Hey, that's a west coast swing move!" To which you can reply, "But we're having fun....go away!." or if you care to get more particular you might say, "But what dance did west coast swing evolve from?" The answer is Lindy Hop. Also, sharing is caring.

Follower Circle-Circle Slide

Author: kevinstlaurent

Circle up, my friends, because it’s time to add some flash to a basic! Impress your friends and look slick on the dance floor by using momentum to our advantage and adding a circle slide to our circle. If you are comfortable with the solo movement, you’ll easily be able to slide your way to glory!

Counter Balance Switches

Author: kevinstlaurent

This lindy staple can be done on weight, but it's spectacular when it's done in counter-balance. It's worth learning both techniques before you make a judgment. The leader's role is less visually important as the power of this move comes from the follow shine, but the technique requires that both partners know the technique for it to work. It might be fair to say, that every lindy routine and social dance doesn't quite feel complete unless switches have been done.

Partner Charleston Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Partner Charleston training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

It's all in the transitions! Spending time to thoroughly know the entrances and exits to each move can make all the difference when you get to the social dance floor. Naturally you need to know the basic partnered Charleston figures before you worry about transitions.

Follower’s Crank Spin

Author: kevinstlaurent

A serious challenge of one foot spins and partner connection. Follows need to have solid solo spin skills and leaders need to be flexible and responsive to the follows needs through out the move.

Quick Stop

Author: kevinstlaurent

Quick Stop

This southern California staple has its highs and lows. In the beginning, every outside turn seems to become a quick stop. Therefore we challenge you to use it sparingly, but with great musical accuracy. Overuse may cause creative stagnation, but a well timed quick step is akin to nirvana.

Lindy Circle with a Slip Out

Author: kevinstlaurent

All though it's semi-independent flash, no one can deny that everyone can look good in this move. Leaders get low and sharp with their lines while follows get to enjoy a sweep or even high kick of fluid movement. It's critical to know this for the classic lindy hopper's dance anthem....the California Routine.

Breakaway with Boogies

Author: kevinstlaurent

As the urban legend goes, two dancers lost connection while dancer, but quickly covered it up by feigning intentionality. Now it's a classic. There are no mistakes, just new moves.