Twisting Sugar Push Lunge

The mythical magic of the sugar push. When the connection feels correct, variations feel like butter. Leaders need to be open and receptive to their follows movement and creativity. If someone brings the push, the other can bring the sugar.

Drags

Contrary to the name, this move can be really fun, but if you use bad technique it can be a real drag to everybody involved. This social version will make everyone's life pain-free if you take the time to discover the key details that make it look bizarre while feeling quite comfortable. Remember, bad technique is not a style.

Hip Catch Spins

Super fun connection with a flashy spin exit. Hip catch spins can be applied to lots of situations. This is a solid foundation of the technique. We encourage you to then expand into your own cool variations.

Leading and Following Basic 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!

Swing Out with a Double Outside Turn

It's easy to fumble through a double outside turn, but can you do it with precision? Follows must be on point with their turning skills. Leaders need to be clear, but not forceful. It's a challenging balance, but accessible with practice.

The Chase

It's a classic move. There's an event named after it. It's an often quoted Lindy move in many a routine. It has a ton of variations. Learn it once and then spend the rest of your Lindy life chasing it's seemingly endless variations.

Bomb Turn

The move speaks for itself when done properly. It really requires the follower to bring it. Jo makes it look good because she knows how to do a powerful jumping barrel roll. The leader's job is important, but not really the difference maker.

Texas Tommy Lunge

The Texas Tommy lunge is simultaneously spectacular and dangerous. Start slowly and learn the shapes and technique before fully committing to this move. When energy is applied intensively at the proper moments, the power of lindy hop can shine through, but it's a fine line to disaster so proceed gently at first.

Summary of Intro to Swing

Congratulations! You have a 6 count, 8 count, and Charleston vocabulary and are ready to get out and dance. Go find a local swing dance and have fun! If the art of Swing dance inspires you, there is so much more to learn on www.ilindy.com!