Creating Follower’s Variations (Level 3)

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Followers Variations with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Jo uses the Swing Out framework and some set styling options as a way to establish a base of movement so followers can eventually create their own variations. It's important to practice the movement solo initially before attempting with a partner. Once you have a willing Leader, ask them to lead short sequences of just Swing Outs so you can really burn into muscle memory each new variation.

Swing Outs

Swing outs are a ton of fun, and so are these variations. Followers, did you know that you could make all of this happen? Leaders, check out when you're listening for the key pieces of information to help make the magic happen.

Follower’s Swing Out Styling Challenge (Level 4)

iLindy.com - Online Swing Dance training with Kevin & Jo

Jo breaks down some sweet variations for followers to use during Swing Outs. It's important to practice the movement solo initially before attempting with a partner. Once you have a willing Leader, ask them to lead short sequences of just Swing Outs so you can really burn into muscle memory each variation.

Tuck Turns

More tuck turns! What else could we possibly show you? Check it out to up your game.

Follower’s Side Slides (Lv. 3)

Follow slide variations. You will need a slippery floor and slippery shoes to make these slides impressive. In general, these slides are independent from your partner so they are great for being musical and flashy even when your leader is boring and not leading interesting variations.

Yoyo Turns

Once you're comfortable with your yoyos, let's throw in some turns. Yup, this is for both the Leader and the Follower.

Follower’s Circle and Slip Out Slides (Lv. 4)

Follow slide variations. You will need a slippery floor and slippery shoes to make these slides impressive. In general, these slides are independent from your partner so they are great for being musical and flashy even when your leader is boring and not leading interesting variations.

Phrase Enders

So you now have all these fun things to say, but do you know when to say them? Let's start curating the experience and make sure we are dancing to the music. Here are some of my favorite phrase enders that are not only great Trading Moves but also a clear sign I’m picking up what the band is throwing down.

Trading 8s Part 1 Introduction

Here is an explanation of how we are defining Trading Eights. This game is best suited for dancers that have a command of intermediate-level moves (and above).

Basic 6 Count Moves

Let's first get comfortable with the Trading 8s concept using recognizable 6-count figures like tuck turns, send-outs, and pull-ins.