Partner Connection

Author: Aldo - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Technique Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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)

Author: Aldo - Online Swing dance classes - Texas Tommy with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Texas Tommy is also called 'Apache' or 'Hand Shake Behind the Back.' We ultimately don't care what you call it. We predominantly use the name Texas Tommy because if pays homage to the fact that the orginal Texas Tommy dance came out of San Francisco, California and traveled to New York City via two visiting dancers during the early Jazz era. 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. The most important thing is that ithe way it looks is different than how it feels. That illusion is part of the magic, but also part of the danger. It's too easy to make this a painful move so focus on the friendly/soft technique from the beginning to really make this move work on the social floor.

Open vs Closed Leading

Author: Aldo - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Technique Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Drive in Challenges (Level 3 – 5)

Author: Aldo

This is a great shape of a move that can easily interchange 3 major ryhthms we use in Lindy Hop (half time, full time & syncopated). Start by getting the shape with each ryhthm independently before you move on to intermixing the rhythms. Once mastered, you will have the ability to be more musical with your dancing becasue you will be able to instantaneously adjust your rhythm during a social dance to match the music more precisely and creatively.

California Routine (Level 3 – 5)

Author: Aldo

Learn the California Routine with Kevin St Laurent and Jo Hoffberg

A classic short piece of choreo (32 bars) from the famous Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. This is a must know for any lindy performer or competitor. As the story goes, the Savoy Ballroom based lindy troupe from Harlem, New York City was hired to be in a movie that was being filmed in Hollywood, California. So they spent time rehearsing in NYC before departing. They had to practice the routine they were going to use in California. You know, the "California Routine." It's now a classic and several versions exist. Level 5 is the primary version Kevin and Jo use. Level 3 & 4 are adapted versions for lower tempos and for when you don't have a partner you can do aerials with.

“Bump Routine” – Slow Tempo (Level 5)

Author: Aldo - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Routine with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

A short 4 eight count routinelette that has some challenging spinning for the follower. You can technically spin as little or as much as you'd like, but whatever you choose...fill the musical space. This might be a good motivator to work on one's solo spinning skills as they will be required.

Charleston Double Kicks

Author: Aldo

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