Open vs Closed Leading

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Also referred to as "high information leading" vs "low information leading", these short videos will explain the concept so you understand the lead/follow continuum.

Shim Sham (Level 1 – 3)

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The Shim Sham has become a global Lindy Hop phenomenon. When in doubt....Shim Sham! We have 3 versions for you to learn based on your current skill level or if you need inspiration in deciding what to teach your students. Originating in the tap dance community in the 1920s from Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, Lindy Hoppers have since modified it to work for "soft shoe" dancing. The primary version used in the global Lindy Hop community was introduced by Frankie Manning to NYC in the 1980s.

Level 3 – Inspiration

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Time to take ownership of this classic routine. Using one example, Jo breaks down the general concept of maintaining the musical structure while creating new variations. Then in the demo video, Jo and Kevin let go and dance, which is a great example of them owning the routine and contributing their personal style and flare. Use it to inspire your own progression. The ultimate goal is for you to express yourself on the dance floor with ease, precise rhythm, and own personal style.

Pop Turns (Level 2)

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Pop turns are a dynamic basic move that can add some flavor to your dancing. These are 4 core pop turn figures every lindy hopper should know.

Laura & Jeremy

Shout out to Laura Keat & Jeremy Oth for taking this classic move to the next level. So much so, we can’t teach this variation without giving them credit. It’s not how cheesy the move is, it’s how well you sell it. Any move can be cool… if you dare to own it.

Charleston Double Kicks

As a solo drill it's double kicks, but really this technique is applied to any number of kicks beyond one.

Side Lunge

It's simple yet flashy. The side lunge is a staple figure that any level of dancer can use to express the music and impress their parents. "Hey mom, check out this cool move I learned on iLindy!"