Scissor Kicks in a Swing Out

A fantastic variation that can be done both independently and in synchronization your partner. It's rhythmic, stylish and flashy. What more can a dancer ask for?

Sweeps (Scissor kick variation in a SO)

Top dancers know how to sweep their competition off the floor. Learning this move will provide you with the literal and metaphorical ability to sweep the competition away. It’s also versatile for independent styling and synchronized coordination.

The Swing Out

What is Lindy Hop without the Swing Out? As we reverse-engineer this move, pay special attention to when and where we push and pull. After all, you don't want your partner thinking this is a circle!

Reverse Swing Out Arm Hook Turn

Requiring precision, this technical move is fun for both the leader and the follower. It's less about flash and more about complex partner connection dynamics. This is the sort of move a fellow lindy geek will see and go, "Whoa, what just happened? Do it again!"

Swing Out Behind the Back

A simple flashy move that can easily look terrible. Focus on the contrast between the leader and follower in this move. Leaders, please learn how to stop moving so your follow can shine, which in turn makes you shine. It's this contrast that makes it work. It's all about the contrast.

Counter Balance Switches

This lindy staple can be done on weight, but it's spectacular when it's done in counter-balance. It's worth learning both techniques before you make a judgment. The leader's role is less visually important as the power of this move comes from the follow shine, but the technique requires that both partners know the technique for it to work. It might be fair to say, that every lindy routine and social dance doesn't quite feel complete unless switches have been done.

Texas Tommy Challenge (Level 1 – 5)

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Texas Tommy with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

The Redirect

Arguably, this move feels better than it looks. When done with the correct partner connection, it can feel magical. So focus on the feeling more than the visuals. Social dance lindy hoppers learning quickly that feeling good and taking care of your partner has more merits than visual flash. We invite you to discover the internal magic of the Redirect.

One Swing Out One World (Level 3)

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Swing Out Training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.