Texas Tommy Challenge (Level 1 – 5)

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We predominantly use the name Texas Tommy because if pays homage to the fact that the original Texas Tommy dance came out of San Francisco, California and traveled to New York City. In good Lindy hop tradition, the key element of the dance was then borrowed/stolen for Lindy Hop. Now we have a ton of variations based on the original concept.

“Sister Kate” – Slow Tempo (Level 3)

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A short and slow routinelette as a little challenge to get your grove on. It's only 4 eight counts long. Once your comfortable with the pattern, you can then use each of these moves independently in your social dancing.

Three Wall Swing Out

This is not limited to 3 walls, but please keep it under double digits. It's fun to lead and really useful to change orientation when performing or competing. Caught on the 'closed' side of the dance, rest easy, 3 wall your way to open goodness.

Partner Connection

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Basically everything is based on these core principles. Expect to watch and practice these concepts multiple times as you progress with your dancing. This "simple" concepts can actually be quite complex and difficult to execute properly.

One Swing Out One World (Level 3)

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The global phenomenon of Lindy Hop means that there are lots of style and technique variations of the Swing Out. Our experiences of dancing and teaching in over 30 countries we have helped us understand the major variations and how to make them compatible with each other. We believe that lindy hop is one dance that can be shared by everyone regarless of your style choices or regional variations. Let's all dance together because we all live in the same world.

Lounge Chair

Everyone wants a lounge chair and we all deserve a break in the middle of a dance every now and then. Leaders, be sure to provide a nice comfy seat for your follow. Followers, be sure to relax, but don't get too comfortable, the dance must go on before too long.

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.

Over-rotated Swing Outs (Level 3)

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These are super fun. Once you've mastered each variation you can mix and match them fluidly. In modern times Swing Outs are usually taught as a 360 degree rotation, but traditionally a Swing Out could be underrotated or over rotated depending on the tempo, space on the dance flloor or dynamics with your partner. If you plan to perform or compete, mastering these techniques can be super helpful.