Partner Charleston Transitions

Author: kevinstlaurent

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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.

(Double Hand) Slide Through the Legs

Author: kevinstlaurent

Hold on for some sliding fun. It's a tad risky, but worth the effort when the conditions are right. Check the weather, check the floor and especially check with your partner. Not everyone likes to slide across a dirty, wet and sticky bar floor so maybe leave it for high-quality dance floors and known partners.

Heel Digs

Author: kevinstlaurent

It's time to get down and dirty. We don't care where your shoes have been. Dig in, feel the music and let the DJ know how much you're diggin' the song they are playing.

Basket Whip with Lean

Author: kevinstlaurent

Without commitment, everyone should just go home. This is a do it or don't move. If you say yes, commit to the cheesiness. Those who own this move will convince the people around that the move is cool. The added bonus is that it's also really fun to do.

Introduction to 6 count Swing

Author: kevinstlaurent

Every lindy hoppers needs to know these basic partnered charelston figures. In many ways, partnered chareston is at the root of lindy hop. Most complex partnered charleston figures stem from these core moves.

Follower’s Crank Spin

Author: kevinstlaurent

A serious challenge of one foot spins and partner connection. Follows need to have solid solo spin skills and leaders need to be flexible and responsive to the follows needs through out the move.

Basket Whip

Author: kevinstlaurent

Simple flash can be the best flash. Your only risk is perhaps upsetting the "purest" of Lindy Hoppers who might say, "Hey, that's a west coast swing move!" To which you can reply, "But we're having fun....go away!." or if you care to get more particular you might say, "But what dance did west coast swing evolve from?" The answer is Lindy Hop. Also, sharing is caring.

Jump Rope

Author: kevinstlaurent

This hilarious move will be sure to please everyone around. Its ridiculousness fits its name and the silly nature of lindy hop. It's low risk physically and visually looks terrifying. Have fun with it and own it when you do it.