Charleston Tuck Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Tandem Rainbow Rotational Kicks

Author: kevinstlaurent

It starts like the regular Tandem Rainbow, and ends like the regular Tandem Rainbow, but gets funky in the middle. Everyone needs to have solid independent balance, solid kick technique and strong calves.

Partnered Jump Charleston

Author: kevinstlaurent

Taking inspiration from the solo jazz move 'Jump Charleston,' this partnered version has some key differences to make it lead and followable. Naturally partners can just do the solo version while holding hands, but we encourage you to take this opportunity to expand what you think is possible with partner dancing. It's technical and fun and flashy.

Drags

Author: kevinstlaurent

Contrary to the name, this move can be really fun, but if you use bad technique it can be a real drag to everybody involved. This social version will make everyone's life pain-free if you take the time to discover the key details that make it look bizarre while feeling quite comfortable. Remember, bad technique is not a style.

The Redirect

Author: kevinstlaurent

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.

Tandem Rainbow

Author: kevinstlaurent

If you love rainbows, you'll love this move. If you hate rainbows, just rename it for yourself and no one has to know. It's arm flashy and fun, but does require some solid Charleston balance technique.

Pass By Leg Catch

Author: kevinstlaurent

It's funky and fun, but this full commitment move doesn't work when done partially. Attention: Leaders should know and be comfortable with their partners before trying it.

3 Wall Swing Out

Author: kevinstlaurent

This is not limited to 3 walls, but please keep it under double digits. It's fun to lead and really useful to change orientation when performing or competing. Caught on the 'closed' side of the dance, rest easy, 3 wall your way to open goodness.

Bomb Turn

Author: kevinstlaurent

The move speaks for itself when done properly. It really requires the follower to bring it. Jo makes it look good because she knows how to do a powerful jumping barrel roll. The leader's job is important, but not really the difference maker.

Hip Catch Spins

Author: kevinstlaurent

Super fun connection with a flashy spin exit. Hip catch spins can be applied to lots of situations. This is a solid foundation of the technique. We encourage you to then expand into your own cool variations.