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.

Follower’s V-Slides (Lv. 2)

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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.

Leader’s Pass by Heel Slide

With a great move comes the responsibility to have great shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing hard leather soled shoes with a built up heel provided by Saint Savoy. The floor also needs to be sufficiently slippery and ones partner needs to be supportive. Once everything is in place, slide your heels away.

Leader’s V-Slide (Lv. 2)

Leader 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 followerer is boring or not ready for fancy variations.

Scissor Kicks in a Swing Out

A fantastic variation that can be done both independently and in synchronization your partner. It's rhythmic, stylish and flashy. What more can a dancer ask for?

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.

Sweeps (Scissor kick variation in a SO)

Top dancers know how to sweep their competition off the floor. Learning this move will provide you with the literal and metaphorical ability to sweep the competition away. It’s also versatile for independent styling and synchronized coordination.

Charleston Double Kicks

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