Leader’s 5 Spin

The basic mechanics of this move are straight forward, but the styling and turning technique can constantly be varied and improved. Once you are solid with a single turn, try two, then three...etc.

Basket Whip

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.

Lindy Circle with a Slip Out

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

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.

Leader’s Pass By Spin

Seemingly simply, but the internal dynamics are key to making this spin feel good. Follows need to make sure they don't pull the leader off balance. Ideally leaders will be centered and ready to spin for as long as the musical phrase suggests.

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 stop is akin to nirvana.

Sweeps (Scissor kick variation in a SO)

Top dancers know how to sweep their competition off the floor. Learning this move will provide you with the literal and metaphorical ability to sweep the competition away. It’s also versatile for independent styling and synchronized coordination.

The Redirect

Arguably, this move feels better than it looks. When done with the correct partner connection, it can feel magical. So focus on the feeling more than the visuals. Social dance lindy hoppers learning quickly that feeling good and taking care of your partner has more merits than visual flash. We invite you to discover the internal magic of the Redirect.

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!