Spinning Fundamentals (part 2) One Foot Spins

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If you can't turn, you can't dance. Single foot turns are super fun and impressive and don't require a partner for training. Practice in the kitchen, practice at the bus stop, practice while waiting in lines at the supermarket. Practice, practice, practice!

Leader’s Swing Out Styling Challenge (Level 3)

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Here's a solid 3 variations to make leaders' Swing Outs look more stylish. The emphasize is on solo practice intitially so you learn how to control your body. Only after it feels successful solo should you then attempt these with a willing partner.

Chase into Tandem

A staple Lindy move that every Lindy hopper should know. Lots of cool variations build off this classic so get proficient with this "basic" move.

Leader’s Circle and Heel Slides (Lv. 4)

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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.

Creating Follower’s Variations (Level 3)

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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.

Tandem Rainbow with Traveling Kicks

It starts like the regular Tandem Rainbow, but then diverges into some cool traveling kicks. The basket arm position can feel weird at first, but with practice it will be come second nature.

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.

Lazy Fast Dancing Challenge (Level 3)

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Lazy Fast dancing can look simple, but the technique is critical to making it feel comfortable. To be successful with this, focus on getting the mechanics right. We view this as early style Lindy hop when the traditional jazz music was using more of a two beat feel and was typically played at upper tempos. Lazy fast dancing can be a comfortable method for long nights of social dancing.