Lessons

Time to take ownership of this classic routine. Using one example, Jo breaks down the general concept of maintaining the musical structure while creating new variations. Then in the demo video, Jo and Kevin let go and dance, which is a great example of them owning the routine and contributing their personal style and flare. Use it to inspire your own progression. The ultimate goal is for you to express yourself on the dance floor with ease, precise rhythm, and own personal style.

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It's time to step up your break step. This soft shoe version of the break step is used in the original tap dance version of the Shim Sham Shimmy. It’s more challenging than the break step version we showed in Level 1, but is absolutely accessible with practice. This assumes you are comfortable with the Level 1 Shim Sham.
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The Shim Sham has become a global Lindy Hop phenomenon. When in doubt....Shim Sham! We have 3 versions for you to learn based on your current skill level or if you need inspiration in deciding what to teach your students. Originating in the tap dance community in the 1920s from Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant, Lindy Hoppers have since modified it to work for "soft shoe" dancing. The primary version used in the global Lindy Hop community was introduced by Frankie Manning to NYC in the 1980s.
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There are many different ways to hold ones' body while dancing Lindy Hop. These training videos explore what we have identified as the 4 main Body Positions used when dancing Lindy Hop (Front, Center, Back, and Counter). It might feel awkward initially, but with practice and time, they will become fluid and begin to feel natural. When we social dance, we usually flow in and out of these body positions, but for the sake of the drill, stay disciplined and focus on one body position at a time.
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These videos explore the various footwork patterns that can be used while Lindy Hopping. The goal is to explore the differences and build awareness of what footwork patterns work best at certain tempos. Be sure to push yourself as training and familiarity with the drills will open up new possibilities for you. Don't fret if it doesn't feel comfortable yet; with time and practice, it will become easier and more fun.
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Triple steps are at the core of Lindy Hop. Once you're personally comfortable with the solo technique of triple stepping, it's time to apply it to a partner situation with a focus on connection and communication.
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How good is your rhythm? No really, how do you know? When did you check last? Jo found out in 2017 that her rhythm needed work and here's what she did to tighten it up. Using the same tools that musicians do, a metronome won't lie to you about when you're making your weight changes. No matter how long you've been dancing, it's probably time for a check-up. In these videos, we’ll practice stepping in full-time and using triple steps. Once you’ve gone through those sequences, then follow along with Jo as she creates different shapes and rhythms to challenge your eyes and ears.
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All around the world Followers ask about how to improve your swivels. This is everything. If you can do this, your swivels will be unstoppable. Practice along with these videos until you're ready to make your own playlist and increase the tempo. Oh, and Leaders, Kevin trains these as well because everyone needs to know how to use their bodies. Boom!!
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These drills are balanced on both sides of the body and comprehensive in the kick variations you will see throughout Lindy Hop and Charleston. Straighten your legs on every kick. Regardless of your personal skill, start at Level 1 and work your way to Level 4 (it's a great workout, we promise). Everyone needs to regularly push the limits of their tempo in order to stay agile and ready. These drills will kick you to glory!
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Everybody that wants to call themselves a dancer must know how to turn. Followers will especially benefit from these drills as classic Lindy Hop uses this turning technique throughout the dance. And Leaders, this skill is for you to learn as well! Every top-level Leader is skilled at two-foot turns, so don’t think anyone is off the hook for this training.
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