Swivels

Author: kevinstlaurent

This follower's styling variation of the Swing Out is as beautiful as it is classic. The swivels are a fun, powerful and playful styling choice for followers.

Mini Dip

Author: kevinstlaurent

This move needs a hint of pattern recognition, a dash of rhythmical precision, and a handful of musicality! The Mini-Dip is a classic move commonly taught by the late Frankie Manning at his workshops. Thanks to Frankie, this move has become a standard anywhere that swing is danced a great phrase ender.

The Points

Author: kevinstlaurent

One of Lindy Hops beloved moves that combine visual leading and following techniques, as well as rhythmical precision and a lot of personality. This move is a must-know for getting silly on the social floor. 

6 count basic (rhythm and footwork)

Author: kevinstlaurent

6 count swing is an easy starting place.  Get dancing quickly with this series of basic steps, rhythm, connection, and moves. Many great modern Lindy Hoppers started with 6-count in their first classes to get oriented and comfortable on the dance floor. In this first lesson, we cover the basic 6 count rhythm and footwork. Get comfortable with it on your own so you can do it easily with a partner.

The Jockey

Author: kevinstlaurent

The Jockey is the basic 6 count rhythm in closed position with a partner. It's a great starting place for syncing up rhythmically with a partner and feeling how the dance feels while connected to someone. We often start our dances with a jockey to feel connected before getting crazy. 

Side by Side Charleston

Author: kevinstlaurent

The Charleston rhythm was part of the musical and dance evolution that brought us the Lindy Hop and is a very important part of the rhythmical and movement vocabulary of any swing dancer. In any given social dance you many variations of the Charleston rhythm mixed in with 6 and 8 count steps are used. The Side by Side Charleston is the best starting point when trying Charleston with a partner.

Tuck Turn, Pass By & Pull In

Author: kevinstlaurent

These three foundational moves will be a solid part of your swing dance vocabulary forever. Consider learning them as both a leader and follower to really understand every detail and get the most out of your 6 count swing.

Improvisation Techniques

Author: kevinstlaurent

Improvisation is the key to good social dancing. This lesson gives you some techniques to make improvised social dancing feel natural and helps you understand the subtle but clear differences in leading and following your basic vocabulary.