One Swing Out One World (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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.

Arm Hook Tuck Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

It's a sneaky fun but in a good way. It doesn't always work because the follow might be doing some cool styling with their free arm, but when it does it adds a technical spiciness to the dance. This one is not about flashy, it's about playfulness and creativity.

Over-rotated Swing Outs (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

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

These are super fun. Once you've mastered each variation you can mix and match them fluidly. In modern times Swing Outs are usually taught as a 360 degree rotation, but traditionally a Swing Out could be underrotated or over rotated depending on the tempo, space on the dance flloor or dynamics with your partner. If you plan to perform or compete, mastering these techniques can be super helpful.

Reverse Swing Out Arm Hook Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

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 Challenge (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Lindy Hop Swing out training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

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.

Lindy Circle Statue for Followers

Author: kevinstlaurent

A spectacular move that provides contrast, momentum and an opportunity for musicality. Requiring follower initiation and a receptive leader, this figure is both visually interesting and really fun to dance. Both partners need to work together to really make it work.

Side by Side Cross-overs Challenge (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Charleston moves with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

This Challenge expands on the simple concept of a cross over step, but goes into the details on how to actually lead and follow it with your partner. Take your time and understand the connection principles before you race ahead and just mimic the shape. The goal is control and connection with your partner that will make social dancing more exciting and your musicality more robust.

Creating Follower’s Variations (Level 3)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Followers Variations with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

Jo uses the Swing Out framework and some set styling options as a way to establish a base of movement so followers can eventually create their own variations. It's important to practice the movement solo initially before attempting with a partner. Once you have a willing Leader, ask them to lead short sequences of just Swing Outs so you can really burn into muscle memory each new variation.

Follower’s Swing Out Styling Challenge (Level 4)

Author: Aldo

iLindy.com - Online Swing Dance training with Kevin & Jo

Jo breaks down some sweet variations for followers to use during Swing Outs. It's important to practice the movement solo initially before attempting with a partner. Once you have a willing Leader, ask them to lead short sequences of just Swing Outs so you can really burn into muscle memory each variation.

Partner Charleston Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

iLindy.com - Online Swing dance classes - Lindy Hop Partner Charleston training with Kevin St Laurent & Jo Hoffberg

It's all in the transitions! Spending time to thoroughly know the entrances and exits to each move can make all the difference when you get to the social dance floor. Naturally you need to know the basic partnered Charleston figures before you worry about transitions.