Suicides

Originally done by tap dancers, this soft-shoe version is just as fun and impressive. It uses full-time and half-time rhythm.

Paddle Wheel

This is a great variation of your charleston basic. The name inspiration comes from the big paddle wheel used to propel the paddle boats up and down the Mississippi River. Play with different arm positions and rotations to add variations.

Scissor Kicks

Fundamental to most dance forms and used throughout Lindy Hop, Scissor Kicks might be the best move to really "cut a rug" with ;-). Basically, it's a continuous kick-ball-change.

Shorty George

Named after George "Shorty" Snowden who made this move famous. It's a staple of lindy hop and many dancers develop their own variation of it. Focus on your weight shifts & hip movements and let the knees take care of themselves.

1920s Charleston

At its root, 1920's style solo Charleston is just touch stepping, but when you add a bounce and foot twists it looks and feels completely different. Take it step by step. Step 1: Touch Steps. Step 2: Touch Steps and Bouncing. Step 3: Touch Steps, Bouncing, and foot twists.

Slip Slops

This jazz step can be done half or full time. Regardless of the timing, it's easier to do with slippery shoes. When your shows are sticky, you will have to really work to get your foot to slide across the floor. Arms and hips are key elements to get your momentum going.

Hitch Hike

It's important to know the difference between a touch and a step. Hitch Hikes use both, plus the twists of 1920's style Charleston. Once you are comfortable with your lower body, start playing with the arm styling.

Spank the Baby

Feeling tired at a dance? Spanking the baby is a great way to wake yourself up. This is all about the attitude of committing to a movement. It's only silly if you think it's silly. If you sell it, the audience will buy it.

Shoe Shine

Jump onto one foot, extend the other and shine your shoe in 4-count rhythm. Some like to really touch their shoes, while others prefer to pretend to shine their shoes. Either way, it's a shoeshine.

Suzie Q

Front toe down! The front foot needs to be flat on the floor. The weight is focused on the heel of the front foot so you have the freedom to twist it, but for the love of all things Lindy.....keep that front toe down!