Solo Two Foot Turns

Everybody that wants to call themselves a dancer must know how to turn. Followers will especially benefit from these drills as classic Lindy Hop uses this turning technique throughout the dance. And Leaders, this skill is for you to learn as well! Every top-level Leader is skilled at two-foot turns, so don’t think anyone is off the hook for this training.

Spinning Fundamentals (part 1) Traveling Turns

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If you can't turn, you can't dance. Leaders are especialy guilty of terrible turning technique. If you want to lead turns properly, you need to understand and know how to turn yourself. Followers are forced to survive turning moves because they are so prominent in the dance, but most follows lack proper technique and plateau quickly. If you learn this technique, you dancing can easily advance to the next level.

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!

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.

Yo Yo Turns Challenge (Level 3)

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Get ready to lead and follow turns in 3 different rythms (half time, full time & syncopated) and on both sides of the body using the Yo-Yo shape. This assumes you are comfortable with the solo traveling turning drills found in core technique.

Budapest Turning Challenge (Level 4)

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Originally taught to the invitation group at Lindy Shock (a dance event in Budapest, Hungary), this seemingly simple exercise combines a ton of skills that are difficult to accurately execute. Both sides of the body should be drilled equally to make you a more wholistic dancer.

Pop Turns (Level 2)

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Pop turns are a dynamic basic move that can add some flavor to your dancing. These are 4 core pop turn figures every lindy hopper should know.

Charleston Tuck Turn

A solid fundamental Charleston move that must be mastered. The upper body and geography is basically the same as a standard tuck turn, but the footwork uses Charleston kicks.

Leader’s 5 Spin

The basic mechanics of this move are straight forward, but the styling and turning technique can constantly be varied and improved. Once you are solid with a single turn, try two, then three...etc.