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.

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.

Tow the Line

High risk, but great payoff. The leader has to fully commit to the shape and rotation and then hope their follow will respond quickly and smoothly. Falling over is to be expected. Jump up and try again.

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.

Swing Out Challenge (Level 4)

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This is were we push the boundries of a traditional Swing Out. We use the basic shape of a Swing Out, but then vary the counts and the rythms to create new variations. We hope you will take these concepts and create your own.

Partnered Fall off the logs

Taking inspiration from the solo jazz move 'fall of the log,' this partnered version has some key differences to make it lead and follow. Naturally partners can just do the solo version while holding hands, but we encourage you to take this opportunity to expand what you think is possible with partner dancing. It's technical and fun and can be flashy with the right attitude.

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.

Hip Trip Lock Up

This is a low aerial for partners only. It's not excessively dangerous, but many a folks have crashed and burned on this seemingly easy aerial. Depending on your weight differential, choose the role of 'base' or 'flyer' to effectively get this move to work. We then challenge you to use it sparingly and to hit the musical break when you do.