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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.

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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.

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This version is a suggestable side by side Charleston variation. We learned it by watching various southern Californian dancers both old and new. We love the flash and rhythmic variety it brings to the dance.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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Slides need the right conditions. One must have a cooperative floor, a supportive partner and we recommend high-quality slippery shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing a beautiful pair of Saint Savoy Shoes equipped with hard leather soles that allow him to slip slide the night away.

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This might possibly be the move that Andy Reid is best known for. Never a social dance goes by that Andy doesn't execute a superb and musically inspired Flea Hop. One part rhythmic, two parts bouncy, all parts awesome.

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Always surprising and oddly functional. This move can be done pathetically or spectacularly. When done poorly, it's because the partners aren't working together. To achieve the magic, everyone needs to do their job correctly. So focus on the technique and then film yourselves to know if you've really achieved the 'look' of the move.

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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.

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