Spinning Fundamentals (part 1) Traveling Turns

Author: Aldo

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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

Author: Aldo

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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)

Author: Aldo

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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.

Yo Yo Turns Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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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)

Author: Aldo

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Orignally 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. The first 3 videos show the basics of each ryhthm used. The 4th video goes indepth on the technique reguired to lead and follow rate of roation and be 100% accurate with this move shape. Both sides of the body should be drilled equally to make you a more wholistic dancer.

8 Count Lindy Figures (Level 1) Part 1

Author: Aldo

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The core eight count movements of Lindy Hop. Don't worry if your technique is not perfect. Memorizing figures is an important step in the learning process of any dance form.

Pop Turns (Level 1)

Author: Aldo

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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.

Fancy Vocabulary (Level 2 – 5)

Author: Aldo

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Moves Moves Moves! At some point every dancer goes through the "how many moves do i know?" stage. It's a crucial part of the learning process. Even if you don't like the move, it's important to know that they exist. This can especially be true when in the following role as a way to avoid injury when dancing with a leader who might be dancing beyone their abilities.