SWING DANCE 8:45 to 10:45pm
Drop-In Admission $6.50
TWU STUDENTS $3, FACULTY/STAFF/ALUMNI & JUNIORS $5
Pay by Debit/Credit in person. No Cash. 5% Sales Tax Added.
Pay by Semester and Save (pro-rated)
SATURDAY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
4-Week Beginner Swing Course 7:30-8:45pm
Every 4 Saturdays either A, B, or C curriculum is taught.
Each time you repeat a class series you learn something slightly different.
Learn how to swing dance with my Progressive Swing Beginner Course. It is a fun easy way to learn a variety of beginner swing dance basics! We assume that you can only count to 2, walk and run a little. You will get lots of repetition! The steps we teach are simple! Lots of laughs! No pressure! Learn new easy moves every week! We teach a combination of basics from the 2nd video above plus an intro to the Frankie Swing Out. PAY DROP-IN
Study Swing Tips to look terrific on the dance floor!
Rhythm City Intro to Swing 2 recap: all the 8-count moves.
Rhythm City Intro to Swing - 8-count recap: all the moves!
4-Week Intermediate Swing Course 7:30-8:45pm
Triple Step Exercises:
Daniel and Asa break down the 8 count Lindy Swing Out
Rhythm City Intro to Swing Swivels
Rhythm City Intro to Swing 6-count recap: all the moves
Intro to Swing 3 with Rhythm City Productions
Lindy Hop Intermediate A with Rhythm City
Jig Kicks in CP and OP with Michael & Evita
Shim Sham with Frankie Manning
Shim Sham with Michael Jagger
Shim Sham Instructions with Shauna Marble
Balboa Lesson 1 with Eric and Sylvia Skylar
Crash Beginner Swing Course
1 Hour Private + 1 Hour Group Class
ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED
COST: $45/couple or single
Cost includes the 9-11pm Swing Dance.
To offer your testimony contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marie 604 536 0195
SWING DANCE DATE
Got a date with an angel! Meet her at 8
Pay your dollar at the door! Don`t be late!
Dress to impress with a grin! Cry no more!
We will match you up with your Angel
Dancing 4 one hour in heaven!
If you can walk or run or count to 2
If swing dance is new to you; Just one hour, that will do!
SO YOU TOO CAN DANCE!
To the really swingin jazz tunes from the the 30s and 40s
Meeting all the swells and the darlings of dance,
The Retro Swing Kid & Company, Guarantee this to be A really good time!
Feb 10, 2018 Tatyana: You are a very good teacher!
We had a wonderful time, Thanks Ed and Susan
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and passion for swing! It is so inspiring and you are a wonderful teacher! Elizabeth
You have taught me so much! Thank you for your patience and dedication that you have put into teaching us. Anthony
Your generosity and commitment to hosting these dances has been an oasis of fun! Tim
You are the best. Shawn
Thanks for all the fun! William
It`s been so much fun!! Justin
Dec 15 2017: Meganne: Thank you again for a fantastic evening last night. :-) I had such a wonderful time and can`t wait to start up again in the new year! (Comment texted morning after a Swing Dance)
Feb 22, 2012: Sam A.: Thank you for all your email updates. I`ve actually moved and won`t be able to attend your fun swing dance classes anymore. You`re a great teacher! God bless you!
2012 SUN DEC 18: WHALLEY CHRISTMAS DANCE PARTY: Trevor W.: "I wanted to acknowledge you for an awesome event last night at the Metro Kids facility. It was a very fun evening and it looked to be quite the success. It was fun watching you in your element. You are an excellent dance instructor and Amber and I had a lot of fun learning a few swing moves!" From our talented musician/vocalist, Gail Hawksworth: "I wanted to say a big thank you for having me entertain for your event.You were so well organized and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. You have a nice group of kids they are really great!! The choreography for you and Kirk was very well done, I admire your creativity in that area. You are also very clear when you teach. I was really impressed how well you explain the dance moves, everyone understands right away, you have a very professional way of teaching and it was a pleasure to watch everyone learn new things, they were all so happy when they finally got it right!"
Good place for beginners! Individual attention and value for money!
Just wanted to say thank you for having us in class last night, we had a blast! Feb 5 2013
We had a blast on Monday! (Retro Swing Course) Feb 7 2013
You will have alot of fun! For girls-a great place to pick up hot guys who can move. For guys-tell them they will learn how to get the ladies..
(after first lesson) We learned enough steps to immediately start dancing. Easy to get started with only a few steps, but you can still keep adding steps.
: It is a great way to get a solid foundation
: It is FUN! Good to improve your skills, add style and learn new moves. Great Experience!
: Small class size makes this enjoyable. Great music.
: You will learn alot of cool moves!
: We got constant review as we progressed to new levels. Very enthusiastic instructors and lots of fun.
: Great for learning basics ad some styling
: It`s fun easy to learn and instructors are quite patient. They allow you to repeat classes while going into the next level which helps to advance you more quickly.
: Welcoming environment. Easy to afford. Fun instructors
: The excitement of learning and getting a hold of it. It starts out very slow so as not to be intimidating. Very exciting.
: It is fun and easy to get into-you can do alot with a few basic moves. There is a large variety of possible moves-finally figuring out switches.
: Hot dudes
: Excellent instruction. The class was a lot of fun. Good exercise. Meet new people-lots of fun.
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Jump Joint Location: #110 12332 Pattullo Place, Surrey Studio Swing: 14579 16A Ave, South Surrey
Check out the You Tube Playlist on www.vanswingsociety.ca
DJ FLY AWAY: CLASS PLAY LIST
Lavender Coffin Lionel Hampton
A Wink and a Smile Harry Connick, Jr.
My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone
Shimmy Like My Sister Kate Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home Ella Fitzgerald
Smooth Sailing Live) Ella Fitzgerald
Trombone Cholly Ottilie Patterson & Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Satisfy My Soul (10-26-50) Buddy Johnson
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It Grand Dominion Jazz Band
Monday Night in New Orleans Kermit Ruffins
It Takes 2 to Tango Louis Armstrong
Keep Cool Fool Ella Fitzgerald
That's Alright Stompy Jones
Organ Grinder's Swing Buster Smith
Up a Lazy River The Jive Aces
Tuxedo Junction The Andrews Sisters
Your Giving me a Song and a Dance Artie Shaw
Shout, Sister, Shout Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra
On the Sunny Side of the Street Kermit Ruffins
Bli-Blip Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
In a Mellow Tone Sarah Vaughan
Davenport Blues Titan Hot Seven
Atomic Cocktail 128 (Original) Slim Gaillard
Satin Doll Ella Fitzgerald
Fine Brown Frame Nellie Lutcher
Old Plantation Fats Waller & His Rhythm
Southbound Special (Remastered) Lloyd Glenn & Orchestra
Swingin' on Nothin' Jonathan Stout & Campus Five
Things Ain't What They Used To Be Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Yes Indeed Sy Oliver
Early Jazz movement is part of the origins of Lindy Hop. Early Jazz movesare used for warm before the dance lesson to help dancers feel and move to the swing beat. Pulse your body to every beat of the music!
LIST OF EARLY JAZZ DANCE MOVES USED DURING WARM UP AT THE SWING DANCE LESSON
BREAK A LEG
KNEE SLAP (combo with CHERRY PICK)
SHIMMERS (Shimmer hands and twist the knees)
POSE (with a partner link R elbows-follow pose with a skip)
BRIDGE with back sisscor kicks
TRIPLE STEP (Trip step step)
BACK KICK RUNS with claps and a wave (clap 8+1 wave 567)
DIGS (same elbow and hip up on the side hold - then reverse)
SPANK THE BABY
JIG WALKS/ KICKS
ROCK STEP KICK X
CRAZY KNEES and WINDMILL ARMS
SHIM SHAM STEP
PUSH AND X OVER
TOE HEEL SLIDE (JAMES BROWN)
CLAP BOOGIE BACK
JUMP BOOGIE(Clap on evens circling hands down)
BREEZE THE KNEES
RIDE THE PONY(Guys jump boogie back while girls CAKE WALK)
FALL OFF THE LOG
KICK BALL CHANGE
TAP BALL CHANGE
BLACK BOTTOM STEPS: BASIC STEP -Swim slow slow and Quick Quick slow,
HIPS DOUBLE AND SINGLE,
SHUFFLE STEP UPS
DROP IT DOWN
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Beginner Drop-In Swing Class 8-8:45pm
Swing Dance 8:45 to 10:45pm
Call/text 604 536 0195
Robson Hall Lounge TWU 7600 Glover Road Langley, BC,
TWU swing kids $3 , others $6.50
Hot Club Swing
181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown
1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month (check the schedule for dates)
8-8:30pm: Drop-in beginner swing lesson
8:30pm-Midnight: Dancing with DJed or Live Music
at the Roundhouse Dance Studio
$8 DJed nights / $15 Band nights
THURSDAYS: Rhythm City Strut
St Michael's Hall, 2474 Prince Edward, East Vancouver
$7 from 9pm to 12am
$5 for swing kids
SUNDAY: Suburban Swing, in Abbotsford
1) Lindy Hop Single Swing or Triple Swing : for beginner to advanced
3) Early Jazz Routines:
Shim Sham Shimmy, Tranky Doo, Jitterbug Stroll, Blackbottom
4) Lindy Chorus by Franky Manning
5) Solo Charleston, 20s partner Charleston
6) Collegiate Shag
7) Big Apple
8) Balboa/Bal Swing:
Maxie Dorf: Bal Swing champion.
Join a performance team! Learn a variety of different Lindy Hop routines/Balboa/Aerials. Learn a swing line dance like the Shim Sham Shimmy and more! This is the most fun swing dance learning experience offered and well worth the effort to participate. Held once a month on a Saturday afternoon. Look smashing on the dance floor! Required: currently attending a swing dance course!
PERFORMANCE AERIALS taught by Flip Flop & Fly:
Back Flip or Sling Shot taught by Patrick & Natasha:
May 2 2012: Dips & Lifts Workshop
Corte to Oversway,
Free Spin to Oversway,
Cuddle Corte Front,
Cuddle Corte Side,
Floor Sit (Boogie Drop or Cherry Drop.)
Invite us to your school/event for swing dance lessons in French! You will be glad you did!
Video of Marie and Pascal dancing for St Jean Batiste Day 2011
Students learn the French language while having fun with East Coast Swing dance lessons. Two instructors, one providing instruction entirely in French. No English spoken. Willing to travel anywhere in the lower mainland.
Les eleves peuvent apprendre le francais tout en s`amusant avec le East Coast Swing. Deux professeurs enseignent en francais. L`anglais n`est pas utilise. Accessible pendant des heures d`ecole. Possibilite de voyager n`importe ou dans le Lower Mainland.
|Contact:||Retro Swing Kid|
|Phone:||(604) 536 0195|
|Verbes (imperatifs)||Parties du corps||Autre vocabulaire|
Le buste /
Le garçon, la fille
Danse de couple
La position fermée
Au compte de: un,
Tout le monde debout
En avant, en arrière
En ligne, en cercle
Vers le haut, vers le bas
Un style de danse
Il faut que, il faut
Dance Videos and Links: How What Where When and Why:
Video links for beginners: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYX-RdLnAY&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhX-VZrEil0&feature=related
Advanced styling for the follows with Nina!
Lindy Hop as we do it at the Jump Joint!
Toronto Lindy Hop on VOX
Learn to Dance Lindy Hop:
Basics of Lindy Hop
Lindy Hop meets Charleston
Rockabilly Jive: a modern off shoot of Single Lindy
Jitterbug to Rockabilly
Rock and roll moves that come from Lindy Hop
Hand Jive with Johnny Otis:
Great 50s music and dancing by 3 tions of Joy
Videos with Joel and Louise:
Intermediate Lindy Hop:
Advanced Lindy Hop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRC60oWe3E8&feature=related
Groovie Movie: Scroll down to watch!
Tricks and Air Moves in Swing: AWESOME!
Andy and Nina in Lindy Hop Jam:
Shim Sham with Frankie Manning:
Surrey website in England : www.surreyswing.com
Camp Hollywood Swing Videos: Totally addicting!
Fun Line dance- The Jive Stroll
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RZK-LyksG4&NR=1 Spirit Moves Documentary: Lindy Hop.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD2UY7Pf0Hk&feature=related Amazing Lindy
Charleston and Lindy Hop! http://www.swingdanceshop.com/charleston5.html Watch a video clip to find out how Lindy Hop evolved from from the Charleston.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUmGBFusL_I Spirit Moves-EXCELLENT
www.havetodance.com for places to dance anywhere: lots of listings
www.charmcityswing.com Check out the beginner East Coast lessons in the link below: I personally reccomend it!http://www.charmcityswing.com/videolibrary.php
Rusty`s Rhythm Club Stomp: with Rusty and from the original movie: Lady of Burlesque. Here are the steps for the Rhythm Club Stomp:
www.gottaswing.com view East Coast Basic and sample teaching videos.
www.swingdancers.com Online radio for swing music! Swing chat lines! Calendar of Swing Events! Online shopping for swing dancers! History of Swing and more!
http://bcgoodiebag.com/2007/03/31/the-noisettes-sister-rosetta-video-and-contest/ watch a music video performance of East Coast Swing.
for videos of daxandjojo
UTUBE VIDEO CLIPS:
Groovie Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbaNYWkQYYA&NR=1
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=72969663 SISTER KATE all girls from Seattle
www.swingvancouver.com for local places to cut a rug
www.portoswing.com Quebec swing in French and English
www.swingdanceshop.com Order videos
www.canadianswingchampions.com -Myles Munroe West Coast Swing
www.dcswingdancing.com -great videos
-swing history-Big Apple
-everything about swing!
-Balboa & other videos
-Marty & Val Balboa videos
-Hot Swing Dance venue in LA
-swing dances & classes in LA
local dance supply shop!
Great jive dancing to the Noisettes: a tribute to Rosetta Tharpe
Hear the guitar playing sensation: Rosetta Tharpe
Contact email@example.com Cell 604 536 0195 Peter 778 867 1457
RETRO SWING KID CURRICULUM 2017
INTERMEDIATE LINDY HOP (For Beginner Drop-In Intro Lesson See Drop-In Lessons)
Hammerlock in 8 counts to SAILOR KICKS
EXIT with 8 count:n double turn out
Nov 4 INT B Charleston
Skip Up Turn Back 8 counts to CP
Skip Up Turn back 8 counts to OP
Outs and ins to CP
Skip up Turn back 8 counts to OP
Airplane or Swoop Charleston with X- ending
Out and ins to CP
Circle, Lead Promenade
Swing Out with lead on count 4
Basic 8 count in OP
Break: Boogie Drop in OP
Forward and back in CP 8 count Basic
Circle to CP
CP 8 count break: RS STEP, RS STEP
Jockey, CP Basic,
Follow Promenade, Circle
Flip Flop, Circle
Follow Break, Lead Break, Circle
Follow Promenade to OP. Go with Follow on count 5, back up count 6, triple to the side.
OP 8 count Basic
Lindy circle to CP
Follow break sandwich: 4 traveling walks in the middle. GREAT MOVE
Follow Promenade, Circle
Flip Flop, Circle
Follow Break, Lead Break, Circle
Box 8 count Basic
Promenade for Follow
Sept 9 Intermediate A Lindy Hop 8ct Basics for Swing Outs with Enda;
Jockey in a Box,
8 count CP Triple Basic in a Box- add 4 traveling walks.
Circle in CP
Circle in CP
Follow Break to O-P: Go with the follow on 5 and go away 6, triple to the side.
OP Basic 8 count
Styling move in OP Boogie Drop
Mobile: RSK 604 536 0195 or Peter 778 867 1457
SATURDAY SWING DANCE
FITNESS STUDIO, DAVID E ENARSON GYMNASIUM,
TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY, 7600 GLOVER RD, LANGLEY, BC, V2Y1Y1
LOCATED in LANGLEY, a suburb of VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
Campus Map https://www.twu.ca/about/campus-locations/campus-map
GOOGLE MAP for Directions
mobile: Retro Swing Kid 604 536 0195 Peter 778 867 1457
Book Retro Swing Kid for your event!
Retro Swing Kid with Enda Tan on the right.
Brenden & Ayla:
The Kid dancing at Lindy Bout 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wkVR9y33Ac
The Kid performing with the RC Lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN-Bl5p-RBo&feature=share
Marie & Pascal social dance easy single time Lindy Hop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yss8yDSbMHk
Marie and Darlene clog dance to Sister Kate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoWPuaeLhqY
VISION FOR Jump Joint Swing
Connecting you to create dance community that is fun and friendly. A percentage of all dance class fees support www.metrokids.ca , a government registered Surrey charity.
Motto: Together to care.
Contact RSK for bookings for weddings, parties, GROUPS, PRIVATES, workshops, shows, instruction, choreography and DJ. PRIVATES: Minimum fee is $30 for a one hour private for up to 2 people. Travel and DJ equipment are additional costs.
RETRO SWING KID & COMPANY:
Retro Swing Kid started teaching Frankie Manning style swing dance in 1998 with 3 other Lindy Hoppers. The rest is history! All the company have received extensive Lindy Hop training! The Kid was trained by Frankie Manning, Tonya Morris and many other international Lindy Hop instructors. Instructor training for teaching swing dance for lead and follow from beginner to advanced was received from Graeme Oxendale. At present the Kid leads and follows at an advanced level. Intermediate A, B & C leading was obtained from Rhythm City. The Kid still takes the Lab classes at Rhythm City both as a lead and follow and can be seen dancing lead and follow most Thursday nights at Rhythm City Strut. I highly recommend the Rhythm City Mess Around in the Fall, Lindy Bout in the spring and Camp Jitterbug in Seattle on Memorial Day weekend.
JUMP JOINT SWING TEAM:
Marie Welton: Creator/ administrator providing professional swing dance instruction for Wedding Dances, Dance Privates, Progressive Dance Classes, Workshops, Aerials, Swing in French and University Swing Dance Classes. Swing dance styles taught include Lindy Hop, Balboa, 20s Charleston, Lindy Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Early American Vernacular Jazz Routines. Choreography provided for performance!
Peter Welton: Security, Front Desk, Set up/Clean up and venue renovations and maintenance.
ASSISTANTS TO THE INSTRUCTOR:
Students who attend instructor training courses are eligible to sign up for assistant instructor and instructor positions.
HEAD INSTRUCTOR RETRO SWING KID/ DJ FLY AWAY: Retro Swing Kid (RSK) can be found dancing Lindy Hop at least 3X a week and listening to music that swings at least 6 days a week. Besides DJ, RSK does music analysis & choreography for shows, weddings and for private and corporate events.
See www.cityofrefugecityofpeace.com for Israeli Folk Dance Classes.
PHOTO of Retro Swing Kid with Eric K in the Surrey Leader:
JUMP JOINT SWING: CONNECTING YOU TO CREATE COMMUNITY THAT CARES:
Given today`s scattered families and technology`s replacement of in person interaction there is a need as never before for caring community relationships.
DANCE VENUE in
SOCIAL DANCE STYLE: There is nothing like dancing with a partner to make connection with others. Lindy Hop is a fast fun easy way to learn how to partner dance.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR and DJ provided by JUMP JOINT SWING, playing uplifting music including gospel jazz from the Swing Era and beyond and taking requests.
FUN: Dance courses provide a no pressure environment so anyone regardless of skill can learn to dance. Everyone is given positive encouragement to build up confidence with newly acquired dance skills. Birthdays and any special occasion are celebrated at the dance!
SPONSORS: M HABERSTOCK, BILL FEX and PETER & MARIE WELTON and YOU whenever you pay for dance lessons at the Jump Joint.
FRIENDLY: Dance etiquette presented at the drop-in lesson.
AFFORDABLE: Low admission costs, group rates, progressive class discounts.
TRENDY: Progressive classes for ambitious dancers and workshops provided by request.
SAFE SPACE DANCE ETIQUETTE
#1 HYGIENE: Please shower, freshen breath and use deodorant before coming to a social dance. If you perspire when you exercise, please also bring 2 or 3 extra shirts.
#2 SMILE: Be a fun person to dance with in class and on the social dance floor! Be friendly-don`t take anyone or anything too seriously.
ETIQUETTE IN THE DANCE CLASS
#3 DANCE LESSON FORMAT is usually a circle around the instructors. Our classes are often balanced so everyone has a partner, but if there are singles, they are usually spaced in between the couples. Singles are waiting for a rotation to have a partner to dance with. A rotation is called every 2 minutes. When a rotation is called, smile and introduce yourself to your new partner. If you and your partner decide not to join in the rotation still smile and introduce yourselves to the new dancer and politely decline saying: “Thanks for offering, but we are not joining the rotation this time.” Be friendly! Repeat this every time you decline a rotation. When joining in the rotation, please first thank your current partner for dancing with you before introducing yourself to the next one. Thank you for your help in making everyone feel welcome in the dance lesson regardless of age, dance experience or partner status.
#4 PLEASE LISTEN when the dance instructor is talking and watch when they demo before doing:) Dancers cannot listen to 2 voices at the same time. Please direct your questions to the instructor rather than to your classmates so everyone can benefit. The instructors provide frequent opportunities for students to ask questions, give comments or share ideas. Please interrupt the instructor when they are talking if you have a question about their instructions. Excuse me. Thank you. Please and You Are Welcome quickly get the instructor`s attention.
#5 PLEASE UNDERSTAND: that your role as a class participant is not to offer coaching/extra instruction to the other participants. Please leave feedback/advice to the instructors.
#6 PLEASE REFRAIN from asking other class participants for assistance during the lesson. Please direct your questions to the instructor who is there to help you.
#7 YOUR COMFORT is very important to us. Let the instructor know if you are uncomfortable at any time. We can always adapt the instructions so you can dance in comfort. Let the instructor know right away if you experience pain when dancing. Do not dance with pain! You could be aggravating a previous injury.
ETIQUETTE AT THE SOCIAL DANCE
#1 At the social dance invite someone to dance with you: For example: Would
you like to dance? Ask the same person for a 2nd dance if they look interested. Asking the same person more than twice can be misconstrued as pushy.
Better to wait & see if they ask you to dance next.
#2 Accept or decline an invitation with a smile. No explanation necessary. If you do decline an invitation, say something like, " I`m good, thank-you, but thanks for asking" Then wait for the next song to dance. At the end of a song, always thank your partner for dancing with you.
#3 Please report any rude, unsafe or pushy behaviour to the dance instructor. The instructor will address this and if the instructor determines the offender to be a threat to the safety of the dancers, they may be denied admission to dance events.
Marie, Kirk and Dawn perform at Surrey Children`s Festival 2009.
Surrey Leader News promo photo by Boaz, 2006
Leads start L foot, Follows start R foot. Give the lady a hand up!
#1 SINGLE LINDY 6-COUNT LESSON COMBO:
JOCKEY-Walk one forward and one back in Closed Position (CP), pulsing every beat of the music. TAXI WARMUP: the engine warms up for the journey. Dance is not about getting somewhere it is about enjoying the journey. To repeat the combo from the top-TAXI warms up with a new passenger or with the same passenger for another trip.
6 COUNT SINGLE BASIC in CP -Back-Up: (1 Run back, 1 Run up), Walk Side, Walk Side. TAXI SIGHT SEEING: Move around with your basic. Make the trip interesting.
ARCH TURN to Open Position (OP) Follow is led forward on count 1 of the 1st Walk, Lead lifts L hand count 2 of 1st Walk to make the Arch. Follow goes under the Arch under her own hand, pivoting to step back on the 2nd Walk into OP. TAXI DROP OFF: On 1st walk Lead brings Follow forward using the bar on the back and Lead makes an arch to open the Taxi door. On 2nd walk Lead relaxes the hand down, closing the Taxi door, & both step back in OP.
LOOP TURN to CP: Lead crosses the L hand over on 1st Walk to Loop around Follow to bring the Follow to CP. Together Lead and Follow step back on 2nd walk in CP. TAXI PICK UP: Lead has the pick up bar ready before the Loop Turn. Bar touches the Follow`s back by the end of the 1st Walk. Both go back in CP on the 2nd Walk. Summary: 1st Walk taxi door opens as Lead arm loops across, and around Follow. Taxi door closes as the arms come down and together they go back in CP on the 2nd Walk.
8 COUNT TAP BREAK In FLAT (both facing forward): Back Up, Tap front leaning back, Freeze. Style it up using your hips, shoulders, knees or head. TAXI comes to a STOP sign but engine is still running.
#2 TRIPLE LINDY 6-COUNT LESSON COMBO
JOCKEY: Walk one forward and one back in Closed Position(CP), pulsing every beat of the music. TAXI WARMUP: the engine warms up for the journey. Dance is not about getting somewhere; it is about enjoying the journey. To repeat the Combo TAXI warms up with a new passenger or with the same passenger for another trip.
6 count in CP: Back, Up, Triple Side, Triple Side. TAXI SIGHT SEEING: Move around with your basic. Make the trip interesting.
Exit CP to OP (Open Position) Lead with the bar on her back on Count 2 of 2 STEP. Lead lifts L hand count 2 of 1st Triple to make the Arch Follow goes under her own hand on count 4, pivoting, stepping back or sideways on 2nd Triple. Lead takes bar back with the second triple.
TAXI DROP OFF: on count 1 of 1st Triple lead Follow forward using bar on their back. Lead makes Arch on count 2 of 1st Triple, relax hand down on start of 2nd triple. The 2nd Triple takes you away from your partner.
FRISBEE TOSS As Lead steps out of Arch turn, the Lead takes the running Back Up to the side. The Lead arm comes between on the 1st Triple to initiate the Toss. Lead releases the hand by the end of 1st Triple. The Frisbee turn is completed on the 2nd Triple facing partner. Leads places the L hand on top of Follows R hand for the Loop Turn to CP. TAXI SPIN: After the Drop Off Lead takes follow for a fast spin with the Frisbee Toss.
LOOP TURN Loop to CP: Lead crosses the L hand in front on count 1 of 1st Triple to loop over Follow count 2 of 1st Triple to bring Follow to CP. Follow & Lead step back together on 2nd Triple in CP.
TAXI PICK UP: Lead has the pick-up bar ready before the Loop Turn. Bar touches the Follow`s back by the end of the 1st Triple. Both go back in CP on the 2nd Triple. Summary: 1st Triple: taxi door opens as Lead arm loops across, and around Follow. Taxi door closes as the arms come down on the end of 1st Triple. Together they go back in CP on the 2nd Triple.
8 COUNT TAP BREAK -TAXI comes to a STOP sign but engine is still running.
#3 TRIPLE LINDY 8-COUNT LESSON COMBO:
JOCKEY: Walk one front and one back in Closed Position (CP), pulsing every beat of the music. TAXI WARMUP: the engine warms up for the journey. Dance is not about getting somewhere; it is about enjoying the journey. To repeat the combo: TAXI warms up with a new passenger or with the same passenger for another trip.
8 COUNT TRIPLE BASIC: Back-Up, Triple Side, Step-Step, Triple- Side. TAXI SIGHT SEEING: Move around with your basic. Make the trip interesting.
FLIP FLOP: Exit CP Basic to Flip Flop: Lead with the bar on Follow`s back, releases L hand count 1 of BACK UP step to make the Follow open out while stepping back. Lead folds follow in on count 2 using the bar on the back to initiate the half turn. Finish the half turn on the first triple. Using opposite feet and arms repeat the Back Up & the 2nd Triple to return to starting CP. TAXI TURNING AROUND
8 COUNT TAP BREAK: TAXI comes to a STOP sign or a parking spot but engine is still running
LEVEL #1 EASY BEGINNER SINGLE TIME LINDY HOP CURRICULUM
The following 9 combinations dance well to Lollipop or any swing song with 32-count phrasing.
FLAT POSITION: Connection on the Follow`s back and Lead`s R shoulder/arm Walks: each walk is 2 beats of music. Jockey: Walking one forward and one back. #1 Combo: (Give the Lady a hand up!) 8 count Jockey, 4 walks forward, 8 count Jockey, 8 count Break
LINDY CHARLESTON: Connections for lead and follow. Swinging the connections. Runs: each run is one beat of music. Beginner Charleston (8 counts): 2 Runs (one back one forward) One Walk forward, Swing your leg, one walk back. #2 Combo: 4 Charleston, 8 count Break (Lead can take the follow`s front hand during the break.)
CLOSED POSITION: Connections with the front hand: Swinging the connections. CP Diamond: 6 count Single Lindy Basic: 2 runs, 2 walks: Say: ROCK STEP, STEP- STEP- 1st run back, 2nd run forward. 1st walk forward, 2nd walk back. Circling with the basic CW & CCW #3 Combo: 4 Basics in CP circling, Break
CLOSED TO OPEN TO CLOSED POSITION BASIC: 6 count Single Lindy CP Basic: 2 runs, 2 walks (1st walk forward, 2nd walk back) #4 Combo: CP Basic, Arch Turn to Open Position, OP Basics, Loop Turn to CP, Break
TRADING PLACES: CP-to-OP-OP: Connections: away and toward partner. Swinging the connections... #5 Combo: CP Basic, Arch Turn to OP, OP Basic, and Loop Turn Trading Places, Break
TRADING PLACES: OP to OP: #6 Combo: OP Basic, Arch Turn, OP Basic, Loop Turn, Break
OPEN POSITION BASICS in 2 HANDS to HAMMERLOCK (ARCH TURN): #7 Combo: OP Basic, Hammerlock, Out to OP, Basic, Break
CUDDLE OUT AND IN: #8 Combo: OP Basic, Cuddle, Cuddle Basic, Out to OP, Break
FLASHY ENDING: #9 Combo: OP basic, Cuddle in, out, in, Break: unwind follow forward
LEVEL #2 BEGINNER PLUS (Beginner curriculum with triple step)
Easy learn how to swing dance drop-in lessons for new beginners are where the basic and a few easy moves are taught. The list below includes moves taught on Jump Joint Surrey opening night to present day at TWU. See also moves taught at Kwantlen Surrey and SFU Surrey . Check it out!
SIMPLE STEPS! LOTS OF REPETITION! NO PRESSURE! LOTS OF LAUGHS!
Trinity Swing Dance Saturday Night Drop-In Lessons:
Fall 2017 Swing 6 and 8 Count Triple Lindy Hop
Nov 11: Travel in LINE OF DANCE: CP Jockey with Side Tap. Follow Promenade + half circle to repeat, Promenade to OP, OP basics.Competition Whip, Side tap break coming out of CW. Basic 8 count to CP.
Nov 4: OP Basic 8 count, Flip Flop, Follow Break, 1st half Follow Break,( Side Close) 4X meringue style, last half of Follow break.
Oct 14: Jocjey, Send Out, Hammerlock, Exit to OP or CP, Cuddle,
Oct 7: Jockey, CP Basic, Send Out to 2 hands, OP basic, (American Armslide, Pull to trade places: after lesson), Break with Tacky Ann, Return to CP.
Sept 30: Jockey, CP Basic, Roll out to R to R, Tap the back, Rock Pull to trade places in OP,Basics, Loop to CP
Sept 23: Jockey in CP, Basic CP Box, Tuck Turn (Arch Turn) to OPTrade Places with Follow Loop turn to 2 hands. OP Basic in 2 hands,OP Basic in 2 hands, Tuck turn trading places, releasing the right hand. Frisbee Toss to OP, Frisbee to CP.
Sept 16: Jockey in CP with 4 walks. Travel in CP with Jazz walks.(gliding) Use Jazz walks to move to OP. Frisbee Toss to OP Jazz Walks or do Shim Sham step.
Sept 9: 6 count CP Box Basic, Leads back up on 2 triples to OP. 2 OP 6 count Basics, Trade Places with Follow Arch Turn, Trade Places with Follow Loop Turn. On count 2 lead follow into CP. Take second triple to the Side.
Fall 2016 to Spring 2017
Nov 26: Rock Step to Trucking in CP Box, Send Out to OP in 2 hands, Trucking in OP, Follow loop turn to R to R, Frankie Strut in reverse skaters with X walks or Trucking, Exit with free tuck out, Pull to CP, Charleston, Ending 2nd charleston with push count 6, step back 7, drag back count 8.
Nov 19: CP basic with follow Jersey bounce, Send Out, Trade Places, OP basic into both Jump. 6 count Lindy Circle to CP flat, Charleston, 6 count Swing Out, Sling Shot, 6 Count Circle to CP.
Nov 12: CP flat Jig walks, Rock step tuck POP follow (jump), Jig Walks in OP, Pull to CP, Charleston, Kick thru Charleston, Charleston.
Nov 5: 2 Charleston in Flat, CP rock step walk 4 steps, 2 CP 6 count basics, circling, Free Tuck, R to R pull, Side rock, 4 Walks: X pivot, Tap hand(palm to palm) step, X pivot Tap,, X Catch follow on the waist into CP.
Oct 29: Electric Slide warm up. CP 4 walks circling, CP Basic, Charleston Flat, 6 Count Swing Out to OP, Mess Around, OP Basics, Man`s Wrap, Both Frisbe Toss, Mess Around, OP basics, Man`s wrap, Frisbe to CP.
Oct 22: CP basic, Tuck Turn with no front hand, R to R Pull through, Pull to CP, 20s Charleston in flat, Lindy Charleston, and extension.
Oct 15: Charleston and walk extension, CP to OP to CP with quarter turn
Oct 8: CP basic, Tuck Turn, OP basic, Follow Loop turn to CP, Tuck Turn to 2 hands, cuddle with quarter turn, cuddle basic, cuddle exit, Loop to CP.
October 1st: Jigs, Tuck Turn, 2X Follow Loop Turn trading places, Pull to CP
Sept 24 CP <> OP with quarter turn to CP in a 4 wall, Trade Places Follow 2X, Lead 2X, Lead wrap, Follow trade places, OP > CP with quarter turn.
Sept 17: 2CP basics to 2 OP basics, CP Tuck Turn with high 5, OP follow spin to CP, Rock Sppin returning to CP, CP 6 Jig Kicks, CP lean Dip.
Fall 2015 to Spring 2016
March 12, Shim Sham completed. Triple Lindy: 8 count basic, CP forward and back triples or side to side, Follow Break or Fake Charleston, Follow Promenade.
March 5, 6 count Triple in CP, Arch Turn in palm to palm to OP (do triples forward and back), Loop to CP, 8 count Triple in CP, Fake Charleston, 8 count circle. Shim Sham.
Feb 27, Triple Step: Send Out, OP, Return. Shim Sham part 1, 2, 3 & Break, Charleston,
Feb 20, Lesson for fast dancing: CP Charleston 3X, Break: RS Shaky, Shaky, Shake. 4X 6 count basic in CP Circling, Break as above, Send Out to OP in 2 hands, 3X OP Basic, Break as above, 2X Lead Wrap to R to R Pull Through, Break as above, Lead Wrap to CP, Lead right arm Dip Break in front, CP basics. OR: 2 Charleston, 2X (CP basic plus CP basic with half turn) Send Out to 2 hands, 4X OP basic, 2X Trade Places: Lead Wrap, R to R Pull, OP Basic, Lead Wrap to CP, Basic in CP, Break Dip with Lead`s R arm bringing Follow in front with RS Break, Peck 3X in Dip crossing shoulders, CP Basic.
Feb 13, Triple Step, CP Basic, Circle, Promenade, Lead wrap, Free Pull in R to R, Wrap to CP, Dip.
Feb 6, CP, Running Tuck Turn, Frisbee, Pull to CP,
Jan 30, Triple Step: CP, Send Out, OP with Side Triple, Trade Places with Loop Turn, OP Basic Side Triple, Return
Jan 23, Triple CP, Running Tuck Turn, Frisbee, Pull to CP,
Single Time: Charleston (1 kick) Fake Charleston, Promenade with Pecking, Promenade to OP,
Jan 16, Tuck Turn, OP Frisbee Toss, Hammerlock, forward Rock Spin exit, R to R forward rock into arm rest position for cherry drop back on the bent right knee, push exit up on left foot, both rock step on right foot to exit out to OP, double head loop to CP
Nov 21, Repeat Lesson prepped on Oct 24.
Nov 14, #1 repeat lesson from Oct 24. #2 Step Crosses, in OP to leads right side, then to leads left side and FrisbeeToss ending. #3 Charleston in Tandem, Shim Sham steps.
Nov 7, #1 CP triple basic, Tuck Turn to 2 handin OP, Cuddle, Dip. #2 CP Charleston, Jump, Mess Around, Dip (coat hanger)
Oct 24, CP Tuck Turn, OP hand change to R to R, Pull to Skaters, Skate 234, 5678, Jump to Mess Around, RS Lead Duck down up to shoulder drape, Dip follow, Lead Duck and Pop out Follow to OP on Lead`s right side in R to R, hand change, Pull to CP.
Oct 17, Single Time Swing: CP, Arch Turn, OP basic to R to R: Loop follow, Hook Shoulder Drape lead to Dip follow on Lead`s left side, his arm around her waist and right hands joined behind lead`s head. RS Block and lead lunge on right leg to dip follow. Push to close feet,. Lift and lower right hands connected in front to loop turn exit. OP hand change. Pull to CP.
Jump Joint Monday Drop-In Class: 2012 Fall Semester:
Oct 22, CP basic, All points of connection. Jam circle claps, cutting in. Faster music. Hitting a break.
Oct 15, CP flat free outside hands: Walks Runs, Circling, Styling, Freezes, Lindy charleston: RS Step Swing your leg, Circling. Lead Follow Connection and Musicality.
SFU Sat 2012 Fall Semester:
Oct 20, Musical phrasing: 4 CP basics & one 8ct. Arch Turn and Loop Turn to CP. CP ONE STEP with styling, variations, arch & loop turns.
Oct 13, CP free hands walk (heel toe) & run (toe heel), Freezes, Charleston, CP basic with front hand connection, Circling in CP.
TWU: Thurs 2012 Fall Semester:
Nov 15, Trading places with follow loop turn.
Nov 8 OP basic in 2 hands, one hand, quarter turn to CP.
Nov 1, Review
Oct 25, Cuddle In and Out
Oct 18, Review, Follow half turns.
Oct 11, OP basic, Outside(Arch Turn) to Inside turn. Inside Turn (Loop Turn) to CP. CP basic. Charleston.
Oct 4, CP Jigs basic. CP basic, OP basic one hand, OP to CP basic.
Sept 27, OP Basic, Arch Turn, Loop turn, Dip. Rotating in the basic.
Sept 20, Charleston in CP, OP basic one hand, Charleston to CP basic.
Sept 13, Lindy Charleston, OP basic, CP basic, Switching positions., Charleston styling with bounces, walks forward and back.
Sept 6, OP basic, loop turn hand change to R to R loop turn to shoulder slide to hip block to hand change.
2012 Jump Joint Beginner Single Lindy Hop 10 Weeks Basics Passport Series:
Wed Feb 22: She Goes He Goes, Tuck Turn to OPSun Feb 19: Triple basic for CP, Underarm to OP, Loop turn to trade places. OP to CP basic.
Wed Feb 15: 8ct charleston, CP tuck turn, She goes He goes.
Sun Feb 12: Same as below plus OP to CP to OP plus review ) Competition Walks, Shoulder slide walk, Lariat or egg roll. (Challenge: Body Wave, swivel walks, crazy legs)
Wed Feb 8: Closed Position Basic, Outside to Inside Turn. (Challenge: swivel styling, Tuck turn, Tuck spin, Double Trouble)
Sun Feb 5: Same as below.
Wed Feb 1: Open Position Basic, Outside to inside turn. (Challenge Tuck turn, Double Trouble)
Sun Dec 18: Christmas Dance Lesson, Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Hold hands in flat, walking. Skate: Walk forward and backward. Wrap & Unwrap the Gift with Cuddle Basic, Rockin` Christmas Tree with CP squared off CW rotation rocking from side to side, lead`s left hand joined to follows right held high as a star on the tree.
2011 10 week Fall Passport to Lindy Hop series:
Sun Dec 4th: Wrap to unwrap with double turn out.
Wed Nov 30th: Tap the back step,
10. Sun Nov 27th: CP traveling kicks with a half turn to change direction (using only one arm around the waist connection) Front hands free.
Wed Nov 23: She Goes He Goes from 2 Crossed Arm hold. R to R rock pull Follow Free Spin.
9. Nov 20: Dish Rag
Nov 16: 2 hand OP both rock turn. OP Side Rock Travel Turn, She Goes He Goes (her loop turn, his wrap) with his Hand Change Behind the Back.
8. Nov 13: Skaters, sweetheart, exit: pull thru to open or CP.
Nov 9: Dance to Swing Kids Woodside 200bpm music. OP in 2 hands RS JUMP to palm to palm push to jump back, basics to partner or Zone Out kick steps in solo circle circling arms (swing kids movie). OP RS BREAK: X Palm push to R to R push into follow spin or the Zone out kicks.
7. Nov 2: OP 1 hand lead: Outside Inside Turn, 2 hand lead to Follow Wrap and Cuddle.
Nov6: CP Tuck Turn to OP, American Armslide
6. Oct 26 & Oct 30: Cherry Drop or Sit, Flat to Tuck Jump, Traveling Kicks in Flat.
5. Oct 19 & Oct 23: Cuddle X kicks, Review of Cuddle and YOYO
4. Oct 12 & 16: CP Flat traveling Kick Basic, Free hand on rock to tuck turn to OP, Man`s Wrap to R to R, Shoulder drape to OP, Cuddle, Cuddle basic, Cuddle YoYo (tuck out to OP)
3. Oct 2 & 5th, Putting it all together.
2. Sun Sept 25 & Wed Sept 28: 6ct single Lindy CP basic, CP kick basic in flat, Outside turn to OP, Inside turn trading places, OP basic, OP kick basic, Follow Underarm or loop turn trading places, basic to CP.
1. Sun Sept 18 and Wed Sept 21st: Lesson #1 of 10 in level one SINGLE LINDY OP basic in 2 hands rotating, Outside Follow turn on lead`s left side with lead moving out of the way and walking around. Inside Follow turn passing on Lead`s right side with lead again moving out of the way walking around the follow.
FALL 2011 SINGLE LINDY SERIES STARTS. Lessons repeat every 10 weeks. Drop-ins welcome. Series students start anytime for 10 weeks.
Wed Sept 14: CP basic, underarm to OP, Follow Loop turn, OP basic to CP.
Sun Sept 11: CP Free Tuck to OP, R to R Tuck and FRISBE TOSS
Wed Aug 17: Wrap in from OP. Lead underarm trading places. Charleston in CP
Wed Aug 10: OP to Sweetheart. Tuck turn to OP. Shoulder drape to CP
Wed Aug 3: CP to 2 hands OP to CP, OP tuck turn, Follow inside turn to trade places.
Wed July 27: Underarm to OP. Tuck spin, underarm to CP.
Wed July 20: OP X Kicks, Follow Cuddle, Fake Cuddle to change sides to 2 hand OP.
Wed July 13: CP Charleston to OP, Follow underarm trading places, SIT dip from CP.
Wed July 6: Rotating in CP, Charleston, Kicks forward.
Wed June 29: OP Outside to Inside Turn. Tunnel, Double Shoulder drape to CP
Wed June 22: Cuddle, Underarm
Wed June 15; Darryl`s rockabilly swing basics, op rotation, cuddle, cuddle exit to op for lead.
Wed June 8; tuck spin off lead left palm from cp to op, tuck or step crosses in a line or circling into hesitation tuck
Wed June 1; op hand to hand charleston, 2 hand follow spot loop turn, 2 hand lead spot underarm turn.
May 29: CP tuck turn, octopus, cuddle, cuddle yo-yo, underarm to cp.
May 22: Cuddle, Cuddle roll out to spin to dip
May 15: Follow wrap in, Follow double turn out of wrap in, sweetheart, tuck turn, pull to CP
May 8th: CP free tuck to OP, R to R pull to CP,
Sun May 1st: Lead wrap to R to R, pull thru to CP, 2 Fakey Charleston,
April 17: CP Lollies (move fwd or circle CW) Underarm to OP, She goes-He Goes!
April 10: CP charleston, from handshake to OP break to hand to hand charleston, 4 count lead out to OP basic ( lead does R kick step rock step)
April 3: Free Tuck turn from closed to OP, Charleston
Mar 27: OP Follow Underarm, Mans Wrap, FU first slow-MW second slow.
Mar 20: OP Tuck Turn, Loop turn, OP to CP.
Mar 13: Cuddle, arm-slide, sweetheart, free spin
Feb 20: Rotating in OP, Arch turn, Loop turn, Loop turn with hand change, R to R Loop Turn- hand change.
Feb 13: Tuck spin. Leads for traveling on the dance floor. In CP and OP repeat the slows in the 6ct basic. Travel forward or backward also travel CW in CP.
Feb 6 Circling in CP basic, Charleston with 3 kicks in flat CP. Rock push her underarm to OP. Rock pull return her to CP. OP basic to she goes underarm on first slow, he goes on second slow.
Jan 30 OP Lead wrap to handshake hold. Follow loop turn to his shoulder drape, block and dip her on lead`s left side. Up to balance and undrape the arm. Rock step into repeat loop turn to hand change.
Jan 23 CP basics, 4 slows rotating in CP, OP basics, follow underarm to change places.
Jan 16 CP to OP to CP. Extending the basic: Wheel, Follow twist styling, lead crazy legs.
Jan 9 2011: CP underarm to OP to Shake hands, Pull release to change sides and regrab for basic OP.
Dec 19: Traveling Kicks, Butterfly, Stacked Hand Turns.
Dec 12: Cuddle, Cuddle Corte, Cuddle Tuck Turn to OP
Nov 28: APACHE, TUCK SPIN, Rock Spin Frisbe: 2 hand follow spin to CP.
Nov 21: FAST CHARLESTON, 4ct: RS Slap Slap in CP, JERSEY BOUNCE in CP, RS Down Up to OP, Follow 2 HAND SPIN to CP.
Nov 14: OP American Armslide, She Turns & His Hand Change Behind the Back
Nov 7: Duck & Dive
Oct 31st: Follow Solo Spot Turns with Lead CW Rotation: 2 inside turns with hand changes. Lead spot wrap to R to R and follow solo turn to CP.
Oct 24: Left Side Pass, Follow Outside Passing Turn, Inside Passing Turn, J lead to CP
Oct 17: APACHE ~LL FOOL YA, R to R pull release to CP.
Oct 3: Free TUCK from closed to open, follow SPOT LOOP turns: his L to her R and R to R with SHE GOES HE GOES.
Sept 26: Penguin Swing for super fast swing music, Tuck turn from CP to OP
Sept 19: Follow Free Spin, Easy Dip
Sept 12: Send Out and Return.
May 16: American Armslide, Fall Backs, Twin Turns, Alternating underarm for the follow with magic hands to basic OP.
May 9: Jig Kicks in CP, Crocagator Kicks in OP.
May 2: Cherry Drop
April 25: OP Slow Drag with basic to the side, Backward Skater: R to R: lead infront with back to follow pulls her forward in a full loop turn to skaters, Windows: alternating underarms for lead and follow.
April 18: CP EASY LINDY CHARLESTON, CP, Outside to Inside ladies turn (Hand change to R to R), SUPER SHOULDER DRAPE & HIP CHECK, OP.
April 11: Skater`s Slide: in skaters push follow with right hand and catch with the left hand, pull her back into skaters, Getting Ahead: moving from CP to open pushing into the follows right palm with his Left hand on ct 2 so she moves back as the lead comes infront!
Mar 14: Getting Ahead Cuddle Pull to OP. Double Hand Twin Inside Outside Turns.
Mar 7: CP with back connection only into OP with one hand connection. Lead`s SPOT LOOP Turn. Follow UNDERARM with Lead WRAP. Underarm to magic 2 hand connection into Follow WRAP IN and 2 hand turn out!
Feb 28: Bounce: Lock Turn, Twist step for 20s Charleston. CP GUY SPIN to OP, Lead R to Follow L: RS XBreak Step. Use the Break step to OP and switch to regular handhold on second slow. In OP R to R do X Break Step-2X On 3rd time give her a loop turn.
Feb 21: TOUCH STYLING in OP to the side or to the back, Rotate CW while performing: Underarm R to R. Sweetheart to X arm hold to double hand loop turn and MAGIC HANDS to OP.
Feb 14: OP: The DIP: Front Corte and oversway to TANGO dip
Feb 7: Jigs: From CP rock step and square off to kick step kick step(alternating feet) while rotating CW(joined high held hands in clasped hold. Peppermil is step Xs in CP using a down up styling. Continue same styling with underarm changing places and underarm to closed!
Jan 31: Bounce with Me! CP rock step , bounce (on both feet) Forward and back. Use same styling to go from CP to OP. In OP in 1 hand: rock step lead her forward (angled almost hip to hip) and down on the first slow and back and up on the second slow-keep this styling for her underarm turn as the lead walks around her. OP in 2 hands: rock step bounce on both forward (Rto R shoulder with long lead left arm) Reverse the side and arms on the repeat. GREAT LESSON!
Jan 24: Touch and Go: Spot Turns from CP and OP. Lead thinks rock, pull, push (with palm at her waist height) and turn her on the second slow. Similar dynamics to tuck turn only it is a flashy spin for the girl. Can do as a free spin!
Jan 17: Jammin`routine: Run or crab walk backwards to your partner in the centre of the Jam circle: Turn to face in kneeling or standing position: clap 1&2, peck over R shoulders, L shoulders and double peck over R shoulders, repeat with clap and peck, in standing position lead does badum to signal a new move: R to R to skaters and SKATE off with partner!
Jan 10 2010: Itchin and Switchin. OP Lead`s wrap to his L underarm, Repeat: wrap to R to R to Tap the Back. End with 2 follow loop turns: lead changes the hand on top inbetween the 2 turns-for the extended basic.
Dec 20 2009: Peppermint Twist. Lead the girl into a twist together down 4cts and up 4cts in: hammerlock, open position and in skaters! Only in skaters do both patrners twist the same way.
Dec 13: Underarm Wonderland of Fun: CP underarm to OP. Outside follow turn changing places and the hand to R to R: continuous pattern CW rotating Loop turn to change the hand and OP basic change the hand again. Lead wrap to CP.
Dec 6: The Guy takes the wrap to R to R and guy and girl shine with duo tuck spin!
Nov 29: Power CP basic with Lead on 2: Push into OP: Power into cuddle: Power out with push using L or R lead hand. Power roll out and roll up into cuddle dip! Power lead into CP.
Nov 22: HIS & HER POWER TURNS-leading on ct 2 & not trading places: CP underarm to open, Lead arch turn, Using Lead right hand: her loop turn and his loop turn.
Nov 15: Frankie Manning`s SHIM SHAM SHIMMY
Nov 8: LINDY CHARLESTON BASIC, FREEZE STYLING (from Swing Kids movie) hold 5678 1-kick 2-bend 3-kick 4-plant, OP to FLAT for charleston. OP BASIC with HEEL POP styling
Nov 1st: Bunny Hop Conga Line, Monster Hop, American Armslide: 8ct rotation with CRAZY LEGS or SWIVELS.
Oct 25: DISH RAG & CROCODILE KICK!
Oct 18: Her Underarm-His Change Hands Behind The Back, His Lariat, CP Double Under to OP.
Oct 4: Triple Step, Sweetheart from walk across to R to R, Double Hand Turns: Inside Turn & Outside Turn, Passing Free Spin to change sides.
Sept 27: Closed Position (CP) Tuck Turn, Open Position (OP) Tuck Turn, Free Tuck Turn from CP to OP.
September 20: Triple Step, Charleston, She Goes, He Goes, Flat to Duo Spin
September 13 2009: Arch Turn & Loop Turn changing Places, Lead styling getting down low at the end of the Arch Turn, staying low thru the Loop turn to catch her elbow with R lead hand and slide down to take the follow`s L hand in OP.
Aug 16 LOOP TURN: CP -OP, OP-OP, Cuddle IN & OUT, Cuddle Duck out to OP,
Loop Turn to CP. **
Aug 9: OP Break: Mess Around, Twin Turns: Lead under his L hand first: Lead Ftwrk: 1 full L turn in 2 steps, Follow: X behind lead back then X again turning R to face Lead.
Aug 2nd: American Armslide and ShBoom, Rock Step Step- POP back: 2X and end in OP.
July 26: Texas Tommy in CP to OP, Shoulder slide and Hip Push (Sh Boom) back to OP, CP: Hip Push follow to OP, Twin Turns: L hand on top, R joined underneath; Girl turns first.
July 19: CP Guy Underarm to OP, OP RS Tuck Spin Girl to her R using Guy`s L hand, X arm Tuck Spin her using Guy`s R hand. **
June 21: The Tunnel, Line Dance: Hafinale
June 14: CP Loop Turn to OP, Man`s Flat Back.
June 7: Rock Step Jump Jump for: CP Tuck Turn, OP Push, Basics to OP,
May 10: Wrapin to Jump
May 3: Duck Walk and 2 Head Loops to CP
Apr 26: Sweetheart to Frankie`s Strut
Apr. 19: OP X Arm Spin, OP 2 Hand Tuck Free Spin
April 5: CP Step Xs, CP Rock Step X--Rock Step Loop Turn Her to OP**
March 29: Tuck Spin from CP, Fakey Charleston
March 22: Octopus
March 15: 2 Handed X Kicks, Wrap In Unwrap
March 8: Rubber Tire and Sh`Boom
March 1: American Armslide and Underarm to Change Hands.
Feb 22: Sweetheart, Passing Free Spin
Feb. 15: Cuddle and Cuddle YoYo
February 8: From R to R : She Turns, He Turns Changing Hands Behind the Back
February 1: Man`s Skin Turn. CP Drop front hands and Walk, Tuck Turn.
January 25: 2 Handed Spins from OP for Guy Girl or Both. CP basic circling. CP Out to INside Turns/Changing Places. She goes He Goes.
January 18, 2009: East Coast Kicks, OP Outside to Inside Turns /Changing Places, OP CW rotation.
JUMP JOINT SWING
BEGINNER YOU TUBE VIDEO NOTES
Beginner Swing with Single Lindy Hop: easy natural movement using walks & runs and you only need to be able to count to 2. Each walk gets 2 beats.
Walk forward with the heel first, walk backward with the toe first. Each run gets one beat of the music. Keeping feet apart as though hugging the sides of a box; run backward and forward staying on the toes. This allows you to swing your runs and walks from side to side.Frame is a a slight jackknife forward and feet are apart for all movement: walks and runs. Shoulders back and down--good posture.
Closed position flat with a partner. Comfort is the priority before you start dancing. First lead places right arm around follow`s waist, next follow places their left arm on the back of the lead`s arm or shoulder.
Leads start left foot,follows start right foot. Travel with runs or walks as the lead directs or stay in place and take one walk forward and one walk back.
Rock Step: 2 runs; one back one forward keeping feet naturally spaced.
Freeze Break: Rock step STAMP forward on first walk in a lunge led by the lead. Exit break with a walk back.
Basic: Rock Step with 2 runs (back, forward) 2 walks ( forward, back) Action frame stays constant throughout.
Closed position BOX WALKS: Square up to your partner with relaxed front hand clasp connection. Feet hug sides of the box, Follow mirrors the lead.
Put it together: Walks in flat or in a box , break, come out on any one beat. basics with front hand.
Social invite to dance: Give the lady a hand up! Wait for intro to be over before doing OP. Start in closed position, any style, walks, break, basic in CP,
Start in closed position flat: Charleston: Rock step, one walk forward, swing the leg forward and back, one walk. To exit take the front hand.
Charleston Entry or Exit : CP Basic or Jockey or Freeze Break
Arch Turn out of CP on count 3 of the basic.
EASY BEGINNER CURRICULUM
Winter 2013 Single Time Lindy Hop or Retro Swing Dance: Dance Patterns for 10 lessons:
#1 Lesson routine: 32 counts
8 BEAT WAIT, 4 WALKS FORWARD, 8 RUNS CCW CIRCLING (lead runs in place) JOCKEY
PARTNERS: LEAD FOLLOW CP almost flat, and with front hands free. Lead`s right arm connects to follow`s back. Follow`s left arm connects to Lead`s right arm just above the lead`s elbow. Comfort is more important than where or how to connect. LEAD STARTS LEFT FOOT; FOLLOW STARTS RIGHT FOOT. Be ready to start dancing with all your weight on the opposite foot. WALKS & RUNS FOR DANCING: WALKS: Ready with all your weight on the foot not starting, feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Walk with clean transfers of weight. 2 beats: forward: heel/toe. Backward: toe /heel, * Relax, knees/shoulders, swing arms, nod head. 2X: Walk 8cts forward, 8 counts back. 8 count JOCKEY: 2X (1 walk forward, 1 walk back) RUNS: 1beat: stay on the toes for all runs. Run 8 forward/run back 8/ run 1 back, 1 forward 8X in place
#2 Lesson Routine: 32 counts
3X CHARLESTON + CP BREAK
CHARLESTON: 8 counts: Natural movement: Rock step, 1 walk forward, swing your other leg or tap the heel in front, 1 walk back on count 7, 8. FREEZE BREAK: Rock, step, stamp hold count 456, transfer weight back count 7, 8. Lead takes follow`s front hand for CP on 5. STYLING BREAK: Break with styling on count 5, 6. Transfer weight back on count 7, 8: Crazy Legs, Hips, Shoulders: down, down.
#3 Lesson Routine: 32 counts.
4 BASICS + CP BREAK
CLOSED POSITION: CP with front hands clasped. Take the clasp on the previous break on count 5. CP BASIC: 6 COUNTS: 2 runs, 2 walks: Run: count 1 back, run count 2 forward. Walk: 3,4 forward, 5,6 back. Sing: Rock Step, Step-Step-
#4 Lesson Routine: 32 counts
4 BASICS CIRCLING CCW + CP BREAK
CIRCLING: Leads: circle CCW with 4 basics: make 4-quarter turns for a 4-wall circle. Lead pivots on count 2: facing each wall on 3.
#5 Lesson Routine: 32 counts
CP BASIC, ARCH TURN LOOP TURN, CP BASIC, CP BREAK,
ARCH TURN /LOOP TURN: Lead stays in place. Follow travels on the turns. Lead uses the arm on the follows back to take them forward on count 2 of the basic for the Arch turn. Leads make the Arch or Loop on count 3. Follows turn following their hand, going under their hand on the Arch turn. Arch turn is to the Follow`s right & Loop turn is to the Follow`s left, going forward on the first walk and back on the second walk. After the Arch turn the lead allows the joined hands to relax to follow`s waist height before taking the rock step and leading the follow back to closed position with a loop turn. Lead needs clear a path for the follow to go straight and the lead needs to get their right hand on follow`s back by count 4 and take them back for the second walk in CP.
#6 Lesson Routine: 32 counts.
2 CP BASICS, ARCH TURN to OP, LOOP TURN TRADING PLACES, OP BREAK
LOOP TURN TRADING PLACES: Leads do a ½ right turn with the basic traveling: first walk forward pivot, second walk backward, staying out of the Follow`s way. The follow follows their connected hand going in the direction they are led until the rock step.
OPEN POSITION BREAK: With one hand connection, ( Lead`s left hand to Follow`s right hand): rock step, lead stamps to the left side on 3, holding 456. Leads step to their right side on 7, 8. The follow squares up to follow the lead when in OP.
#7 Lesson Routine: 32 counts.
4 OPEN POSITION BASICS and CIRCLING + OP BREAK
OP BASIC: Lead stands in front of the follow, leading a rock step and the 2 walks (use toe first if walks are in place facing the lead): 1st walk is forward and to the side and second walk is to the other side. End first OP Basic in 2 hands where there is more connection. Lead circles ½ CW with 2 OP basics. End 4th OP basic with one hand connection. Best to change hand connections on any walk in the basic.
#8 Lesson Routine: 32 counts.
4X TRADING PLACES: ARCH TURN, LOOP TURN, ARCH TURN, LOOP TURN + OP BREAK
ARCH TURN TRADING PLACES: On rock step the lead stays to the right side of the follow while turning left. On count 3 the lead is behind the follow`s back, making sure the follow has the hand in front & above their head. Both travel forward on the 1st walk and back on the 2nd walk.
#9 Lesson Routine: 32 counts.
OP B 2 hands, Cuddle in, Cuddle out, Cuddle in, Break
CUDDLE: Take a loop turn to CP while keeping 2 hands. Lead stands slightly behind the follow when in the cuddle position. BREAK out of Cuddle: Rock Step unwind follow to the right side with the right hand taking 3 walks in place on count 3, 5 and 7.
BEGINNER PLUS CURRICULUM
1) STANDARD STARTER: Jockey, CP basic, arch/tuck turn, loop turn, OP
2) CUDDLE & HAMMERLOCK: Cuddle in, out, hammerlock in. out, Charleston
3) WRAP: OP basic in 1 hand, lead wrap, Follow loop turn changing places, OP basic, Charleston
4) PULL to CP: OP basic in one hand, lead wrap, follow loop turn, pull to CP, Charleston.
5) CHANGE HANDS to R to R: Charleston, CP basic, Arch Turn, Loop Turn to R-to-R, Loop turn to change places and change hands.
6) OP basic in one hand, lead wrap to R-to-R, Loop turn to change hands, pull to CP, Charleston
7) PULL TO CHANGE PLACE: Charleston, Arch turn to OP, loop turn, lead wrap to R-to-R, FREE pull to OP/CP,
8) OP basic, lead wrap to R-to-R, 2x Pull to change places, change hands. 8ct break.
9) TAP THE BACK: Wrap to R-to-R, 6X tap the back step, Loop-Turn to change the hand. OP basic.
10) TUCK TURN: OP 2 hands, RS TUCK TURN, Loop turn, trading places, pull to CP, Charleston
11) CP basic, Tuck Turn to OP, Loop Turn to CP, CP Basic. Charleston
12) TUCK/SPIN: OP basic 2 hands, TUCK SPIN, OP basics, Loop turn, 8ct break
13) CP basic, Tuck spin, OP basic, Pull to CP, Charleston
14) OP basic, Tuck turn to hammerlock, basic to OP, loop turn, 8ct break
15) OP basic to 2 hands, Cuddle, Tuck turn out of Cuddle, loop turn, Break
16) SWEETHEART: OP basic, pull across: changing hands to SWEETHEART, tuck turn to OP, Free PULL THRU, OP 8 count.
17) Basic in sweetheart, tuck turn to OP, Follow turn-lead turn, pull to CP, Charleston
18) SKATERS: OP basic, pull ax changing hands to SKATERS, Charleston, tuck turn to OP, Free PULL THRU,
20) Basic in skaters, tuck turn to OP, DOUBLE TROUBLE Turns, Free pull to CP, Charleston.
21) HESITATION TUCK XS: CP basic, HESITATION TUCK TURN: RS Tuck x, Tuck X, Tuck turn, loop turn, OP Basic,
22) DIP ENDING: OP basic, Lead wrap to R-to-R, Loop turn Follow lead also turning to hair brush R hand over head to position follow at leads Left side to pull her into dip as lead lunges on the right leg. Lift R hand up over your head, Turn follow changing hands.
DETAILED MOVE DESCRIPTIONS:
Progressive Easy/Beginner/Beginner Plus Single Time Lindy Hop
#1 Open Dance Position Basic, 6 ct single rhythm: quick quick slow slow. Also called Run Run Walk Walk. Runs get one beat each and walks get 2 beats. Practice walking to the beat with heel toe when walking forward and toe heel when walking backward. Start OP with feet shoulder width apart. Move with bounce and a tilt: side, side, back forward. Call it rock step, step, step. Push off with the ball of the foot on rock step. You can start the basic either with the slow slow or the rock step-either works. JJS usually teaches the rock step ( also called the Back Step) to start. Both are acceptable! With a partner –follow stands in front of the lead with 2 hands connected. His hands folded in half, fingers at 90 degrees to the palms with palms facing. Her hands are cupped, with her palms to the back of the lead`s fingers and her fingers folded over top. Thumbs are joined to the other fingers.. Arms are parallel, elbows slightly bent and her forearms are parallel to the floor. There is feeling of resistance between them called connection. Leads start with the left foot, follows start with right. The names of moves are not what`s important. What`s important is to be able to lead or follow.
#2 Outside to inside turn- two 6 ct basics. Also called Arch turn to Loop turn. Lead needs to adjust his rock step to move out of the way to lead follow forward to pass by on first his left side then on his right side as he walks around the follow. Lead`s left arm goes up on count 2 or on step of the back step and before 1st slow walk : follow turns as the arm goes up, follow turns under the joined hands.. On the Outside turn follow turns right and the Inside turn is to the follow`s left. They square off on the next rock step. The lead for a turn usually happens on the STEP of Rock step or on ct 2.
# 3 Closed Dance Position Basic.- Lead places his right hand either all the way around the back or in the centre of the follow`s back. The follow places her left hand near the top of the lead`s shoulder blade. The hands infront are as for Open position. The resistance between them puts them in a V position with the basic going forward and back and rock step. In closed position it is essential to connect well on the follow`s back and to relax & keep the front hands lower.
#3 B. Flat Closed Position for Lindy Charleston: Front hands are free to swing: Lead arm arounf the follow waist puts them in a flat position facing forward. Think rock step step, swing your leg! Move around led by the lead bar behind the follow back. Throw in a few freezes for breaks in the song for fun!
#4 CDP outside to inside turn-Lead uses his hand on her back to send the follow out.
#5 Closed DP circling –happens on the lead`s first slow moving clockwise or counter clockwise.
#6 She turns, he turns: Using the outside to inside turn, after 1 basic, he sends her out pulling her thru, she does her inside turn on the first slow step, he then turns counterclockwise under his own arm on the second slow step.
#7 Man skin turn or wrap-from open position, after the rock step, the lead drops his right hand, he steps forward on the first slow step pulling his left hand to the right side of his waist. On the second slow he takes a side step while she faces him sliding her hand across the skin of his back. He catches her hand palm to palm
#8 Closed Position tuck turn- He preps the tuck by twisting her out on his rock step. He`ll set up the tuck on his slow left, they square off, his left arm is above her head height in a palm to palm position. On the 2nd slow step he`ll push her out. CP Tuck Turn to open-Similar but different from the underarm to open: Think, Twist Tuck Turn Twist her out while keeping hand connection-use the rock sideways to twist her. Tip-the right hand pressure on her right side forces her to twist-right arm will be straight on the twist. On Step(of rock step) tuck her in to square off to you (shoulders & hips) having your left hand raised to her head height. on the step (of triple step) turn her to face you. Tip- on 1st Triple-look at your partner Tip-by the end of the first triple the left hand should be down. FOLLOWS- On most turns use pivot, step & keep your elbow bent infront of you so you can see it. Stand tall & do not anticipate the lead.
#9 Basic cuddle-From 2 hands in open position he`ll pull her under his left arm into the cuddle. She ends up at his right side dancing the footwork of the closed position basic. He`ll then lift the left arm up and send her out to 2 hands.
#10 Cuddle yoyo- Start the cuddle with 2 hands, pull her into the cuddle and dance the basic together, then he`ll unwind her to the side and finish with a tuck turn to send her out.
#11 She turns, he turns changing hands behind the back-After the tuck turn, on the second slow step of the basic as her right hand is coming down, he`ll pass her right hand into his right hand. He`ll take the rock step and pull her under clearing her head height on the first slow step. On the second slow step he changes the hand behind his back.
#12 The American Armside- From open position with 2 hands swing the arms in on the rock step and up to loop over the heads. Finish with the changing hands behind the back piece.
#13 Sweetheart to passing free spin-from right to right handhold he`ll walk her across into sweetheart position. They`ll take a closed position basic. He`ll send her out under his left arm on the next basic to a passing free spin at waist level.
#14 Sweetheart to trading places with passing free spin-From sweetheart he`ll send her out under the left arm. Now they`ll trade places keeping both hands. First he`ll step under both arms one at a time, then she`ll step under the arms one at a time. They`ll finish with the same passing free spin.
#15 Two handed cross kicks- Signal the move by lead adjusting the hands on the second slow of the open basic. Cross kick 4 times. Finish by pushing her into rock step. Readjust the hands and return to the basic.
#16 Wrap in-From open position the lead lifts his left arm for her outside turn, keeping both hands. He lowers the right hand behind her back on the 2nd slow. The left arm pulls her around til she squares off to him on the rock step. He pulls with both arms to unwrap her.
#17 Wrap in to double turn out- He pulls the lower arm and she does 4 steps for a double turn. Double turn-both replace the 2 slows with 4 even steps for the 2 turns. Follows think-turn look –spotting the lead
#18 Lindy Charleston-6 count Lindy Charleston: In closed position basic drop the front hands and wrap her waist tightly. Both face forward and rock step, kick forward step, kick forward step. Let the free hands dance with you. The upper body is forward and there is a bouncing motion throughout.
#1 X hold tuck with free spin-is really 2 tuck turns -Tuck basics-prep by twisting her out, square off on the tuck, turn her out change the hand and square off in open before the rock step. Prep another tuck on the rock step. square off stepping to the side on your left. Connect with a tense right arm at her waist height . Give her a push a she pushes off into a free spin on her right foot. -Take a tuck from closed position into open right to right handhold. Twist her out on the rock and tuck and free spin her at waist level. He preps the tuck by twisting her out on his rock step. He`ll set up the tuck on his slow left, they`re squared off, his left arm is above her head height in a palm to palm position. On the 2nd slow step he`ll push her out. To change the hand he brings his rt hand up to meet her rt hand. Follow` arm moves the body as a unit
#2. Step Xs- Prep a tuck then any even number of step Xs before the turn. Prep a tuck but keep the left hand low and adjust the right hand to her hip as you step to the side on the 1st slow then X away on the 2nd slow. Repeat the step X`s until the lead is ready to complete the tuck turn
#3 Circling Step Xs rotate CCW
#4 Tap the back step. From right to right the lead opens his arm more to the right to pivot the follow to tap her back . As he crosses she taps he is back. End with the tuck with free spin. Rotate CW from x handhold any even # of taps –6 then tuck with free spin
#5 Frankie`s Strut CP Tuck to x hold to reverse skaters hold Strut tuck out -The Strut is just a 6 ct basic with kick X on ct 1,2,3,4. Move fwd in small or big steps. The lead for the Strut is established with the follows L hand bent down on top of the lead`s L hand which is extended out to his L side. Frankie`s Strut -Using 1 basic-from R to R the lead gives the girl an underarm and looking over his left shoulder he goes forward turning a quarter to his left placing her in reverse skaters with her on his left side. With her right hand behind his back and his L hand infront of her waist joined to her Left hand they go forward in a strut basic which is kick step kick step rock step. When he wants to bring her out of the strut he release the left hand and walks her forward into a closed position with his R hand on her back and his Left and joined to her R infront. From here he give her a free tuck out using only the hand on the back to initiate the turn.
#6 One Handed X kicks, 2 CP basics, Tuck, Change to R to R, X kicks, Tuck with free spin- notice on the X kicks both using same foot, the body leans forward and then across. Both start with right foot- Kick, bend knee, kick to a straight leg, step down.
The base leg pivots kick pivot kick step! Use a X hold, thumbs up. The hands continue to adjust (to L to L) they adjust again coming out.
Practise connection. To get in & out leads use cheat step: Heel pop push your hips back- Heel pop replaces the Rock step! Start with 2 CP basics, tuck turn with hand change, heel pop to kick R L R L. Cheat again to finish with a tuck & free spin! Trade places & return to CP
#7 Cross Hold Double Loop- lead 2 loops over the head to CP-leads use finger tip connection and follows keep the arms infront in a casual bend to be ready at any time to go into CP. Leads stay in place and get the right hand on her back asap X Hold Double Loop: 2CP Tuck Hand Change, Loop, Loop,-4 basics: An easy pattern that comes in handy, from a x hold the leader loops his R arm(1st slow) up and over his head while asking underneath for the left Hand. When he takes it he then loops his L arm over his head (2nd slow) and they end up in closed position. Notice when he loops his chin is lifted & his eyes are looking at his partner. His elbows are out of the way-out to the sides of his face. He finishes the lines looping all the way down to the neck!
#8 The Duck Walk end with double loop - From CP tuck turn-.right to right- rock-step -duck walk-.rock step- double arm loop. The Duck walk: pattern of step together-- She R He L: when you step forward step onto a straight leg. Let the hip push out behind you. 2 CP Tuck, hand change, -After RS he`ll turn his back to her, pivoting on his right foot, he`ll step L and Duck walk for 6cts, 123456 finish with the RS & the double loop going to CP.
#9 The Chug Step- In CP move fwd together with snaps-2 CP basic, 6 cts of step together (3 chugs) , tuck out, underarm to trade places. CHUG – partners in Closed P. move forward in unison! Using opposite feet! His hand on her back pushes her forward! While the hand in front snaps or at least moves with the body as you chug forward. On the RS before the Chug he moves his hand all the way around the right side of her waist. When he moves her his right leg stays connected to her left leg so the move as a unit. The footwork is the same step together action as the duck walk. Finish Chug with a rock step! Do a tuck turn connection with the hand in front & turning her out underneath it.
#10 Wrap in to Jump: From a basic wrap the man connects his r wrist at her low waist, locking her between both arms. Timing is RS Jump hold RS Both land on both feet at the same time. From the wrap he will give her a push & a pull & pass her behind him as he moves under his own L arm.
#11 Wrap in to Circling Kicks- kick around#10 Charleston-8 count Lindy Charleston basic –In closed position basic drop the front hands and wrap her waist tightly. Both face forward and rock step, kick forward step, kick forward & kick back step. Let the free hands dance with you. The upper body is bent forward and there is a bouncing motion throughout.
#12 Wrap in to Circling Kicks with Jump: Kicks are single Kick step etc He starts L She R. From the wrap in he pushes her with the hand on the back for circling kicks. Finish with the same RS & jump on the end!
#13 Sliding Door: Start in wrap in! After the RS he steps across with his L foot under his L arm. On the second slow step he steps under his R arm & they square off in a reverse wrap. After the RS she will turn CW 2x until back in 1st wrap in position. As 1 arm goes up the other goes down. They both look over their shoulder toward each other. Finish with a jump on the end. 2OP/wrapin /sliding door/ turn her/ jump/ RS
#14 Sliding Door Combo- like the octopus –leads push/ pull /do Sliding Door/ Wrap in to Kicks and Wrap in to Jump in a combo
#15 X kicks in layout position-Traveling
#16 Toe Heel X`s- Palm to palm: Toe Heel Crosses - From open position. Switch hand grip during second slow-.rock step then starting with left (leads) toe, heel, cross in front...then with right (leads) toe, heel, cross in front and repeat and then exit the move during a cross with your right foot(leads). Return to normal grip.
#17 The Man`s Flat Back-Like skin turn-1 arm high and bend; From OP Keep the back straight as you bend.
#18 The Tunnel- from sweetheart-under 2xs:
#19 Intro Easy Intermediate Footwork Double & triple time All the above basics done in triple time. Single Rhythm review -Double Rhythm- Tap Step, Tap Step, Rock Step or Tap Step, Tap Step, Step Step. Triple Rhythm - Tri-ple-step, Tri-ple-step, Rock Step or 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 6.
Adding the Triple Steps in, we reviewed the: Closed Position - good frame, connection between elbows, Diamond Shape.Tuck Turn - From Closed Position. Out, in, spin. Keep your triples steps though-lead pushes the follow through on ct 4.
1) Triples in place. Triples traveling, 6ct triple basic in place and traveling, CP with partner triple basic in place and traveling.
2) Jockey: 4 Triples in CP
3) 6 count CP Basic: RS Triple Forward, Triple Back
4) Follow Underarm to OP, Follow Loop Turn to change places, Follow Loop Turn to CP. 8 ct Lindy Charleston musicality version.
5) 6 count Lead Wrap to CP
6) 8 count Lindy Circle
OP into Kick Thru Charleston, Tandem Charleston,
Tuck turn from CP to OP, Putting it all together.
Cuddle and X Kicks with Lead fudge on the second triple. Charleston Freeze ct 5, PUSH, 4ct Push to Toe Heel Xs
Hand to Hand Charleston, Fudge: Rs Jump onto both. Kick step lead to exit move.
Review and do 6 ct triple variations: She goes He goes etc
CURRUCULUMS with detailed descriptions:
A few styling tips for Triple Lindy dancing:
Do triple exercises emphasizing an anchored style. Weighted into the ground, knees bent.Feel the 1,2 rhythm of the music. Keep knees bent, weight forward, stay low. Stay on the balls of your feet. Bounce with every count of music. Bouncing from the knees. When rocking backward, drive toes into the floor. Lindy is circular. Don`t raise hand too high when placing above follow Open the palm to gently help her turn. Make hand leads straight- don`t bounce the lead hand up & down or left & right. Look at your partner-it is a couple dance. 6ct Triple rhythm patterns- rock step triple 1 triple 2. Lead start left foot, follows with right foot. 6ct triple basics CP-Forward look. 3 connection points-use them all-forces CP diamond shape. FOLLOWS** On most turns use pivot, step & Keep your elbow bent infront of you so you can see it. Stand tall & do not anticipate the lead
(NATALIE & UVAL 6 ct TRIPLE BASICS) Notes from section #1
INTRO: This 6ct triple lesson is either for the total beginner or for the more advanced dancer who wishes to review the basics of swing dancing. The form of swing you will learn here is universal Lindy Hop and is meant to build a strong foundation which will allow you to get more specific later on. In this lesson we will cover the 6ct basic step in its various rhythms. We will also explain how the leader and the follower communicate by using connection and technique. They acquire these skills while learning the very basic but essential moves; such as the send out and the underarm turn. First thing you need to learn is the basic 6 ct step. It just means that you are using 6 beats of the music. There are different forms of the basic 6ct. One of them is the single timing, the 2nd one is the double timing, The 3rd one is the triple timing. We will mainly cover here the single and then triple timing. Thoughout the lesson we will be using Triple Timing. Keep in mind of course since you can dance sigle, double or triple timing- one of us could be dancing single timing while the other one is dancing triple. Thiswill not affect the other person as you do that so please allow yourself to dance with an advanced dancer when you are starting out so we are going t o demonstrate those 3 different forms of basic 6 ct. in CP:
The first one is single timing and we go slow slow quick quick. (Repeat that) Double timing looks like this: Tap step , Tap step, Step step(Repeat) And triple timing is:
Triple step Triple Step Step ( Repeat) Now if you count it If you were to count the music it would go single: 12 34 56 (repeat) Double: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (repeat) Or again Triple 1&2 3&4 5 6 (repeat) So it doesn`t really matter which step one partner is using or the other partner is using you can still dance together. So if the lead is dancing Single timing and the follow is dancing triple timing it could look like this: 12 34 56 12 34 56 So basically you need to know some kind of footwork to be able to move around. So the first one we will cover is the:
Single timing step –which is good to use for faster music. Follorers no matter what you always start with your R foot-Leaders you use exactly the opposite of the follow which is your L foot. First we are going to shift our weight forward and we are going to go step we are going to hold for a second beat-2 beats of the music. The 2nd step we are going to shift our weight back- and we are going to hld for a second best of the music. And we are going to do our step step.-which is also called a Rock Step/ and we go again Step Step RS add a little boince to it-S S RS. That is Forward Back Back Step or Sl Sl Qu Qu So that is your basic Single timing Step. So now lets learn the triple step:
Triple step: Ladies you always start with your Right foot. Leaders you always start with your L.foot Triple is 3 steps to 2 beats of the music. Ladies you are going to go RLR Leaders you are going to go LRL exactly the opposite from the follower. Now pick up your knees while you are doing this-and you are going to go : triple step- so now your weight should be on the oiposite foot. So now we are going to start a second triple step with the other foot. Now ladies withyour left and leads with your R foot and we go triple step- Those 2 triples are replacing the 2 single steps we were doing previously.and let us repeat this-TS TS –now we are still missing our RS –our step step –Ladies with your R slightly back-leaders with your L you are going to go slightly back you are going to do 2 steps-step step-so that is your whole basic 6 ct with triples.
Repeat again TS TS SS- Repeat While you do your basic TS and your basic just in general you want to have a little motion forward and back. Why? We explain later. Again: Weight forward and back we are going to go Triple forward Triple bsack Step Step Go forward Go back and Step Step Reopeat- When you do this try to pick up your knees-make sure that you actually shift your weight-at the end of your triple step from 1 leg to the other-otherwise you may find yourself doing stutter step and you are not going to be sureyou may as welll make a mistake than not be sure where your at-make sure you pick up those knees so you know the Foot is off the floor. Another little detail about the triple step-think that your rhythm is 3 steps in 2 beats of the music. They are not all even steps-think of it as 1 uh 2/ 3uh 4 /5,6 (clap the beat)
So thast is going to be your triple timing 6ct basic
When you start dancing with a partner we usually start dancing in closed position. –So we are going to study our CP. We are going to give you a lot of details- a little bit technical-but that is essential to communicate between a lead and a follow. A leader gives the follow signals- Follower picks up on the signals and then –responds so to do that we need to hace some kind of connection. We are going to talk a lot about connection in this lesson. First we are both going to bring our arms up to waist level. Like Barbie and Ken.
Ladies turn your hands down palms toward the floor /Ken palms up/ now we turn to face each other-right now we are parallel to each othr-our feet are on the same 2 lines. What we want for a CP is feet off centre/ Ladies you are going to move slightly left- So leaders what we see is her shoulder lines up with your sternum bone –So ladies as a result your R foot should be inbetween his feet and leaders your R foot should be in between her feet Now if we walk toward each other- a little bit still parallel – the leader is still not connecting with me- for him to connect with me he needs to twist a little bit to his L: as he twists his forearm will be touching her rib cage, -try to be higher than lower on the rib cage. hand on the back.
His hand level on Her back depends on her height.. If she is a very short follower- his hand will be high on the rib cage if she is a tall follower and the lead is shorterthe hand is loer on vthe back-it is always a question of adjusting to the height of your partner. Follows L arm-you want to have the weight of your L arm touching his arm. So just let your arm drop down-just leave all its weight down and then from your elblow up-lift your forearm and your hand will just be resting wherever it goes. Try not to move your elbow-go from low to high-may be good for other dances-the space created is lost energy-this is where we do not have a connection. So we like to be connected behind the back, and somewhere around the tricep-Her R hand stays waist level. His L hand turns toward her- up and in like what`s up. When a follow sees a hand upit is always an invitation for her to put my hand on top so let it on top and just relax it and leave the weight down.. Leader if you want to have the correct position you will turn your hand in and the follower will just place her hand on top. Relax the hand -Follows be ready to start dancing with your R foot so your weight is on your L-Leders opposite. –Now you are in CP and you are ready to practice your basic-Single or Triple Timing. So we eithergo S
Most Common HOLD in open is Ladies with your R hand and leads with your L hand so you will have a lot of moves where you will end up in open position-clear we are far away from each other- Arms connect at a casual bend. Her hand on top. The Hold: In open position our hands are in the middle between the 2 of us-you don`t want the hand to be too close to the follow or lead-make it an even distance. The hands-Ladies create a little bridge with the R hand.-Lead do the same thing-only sideways.-For leaders most of the pressure of the follows hand will be on 2 fingers either the top 2 or middle 2 If it is the middle 2-you take your index out it looks like a pin ball grip-for pistol grip: ladies just rest it on top and you will be able to slide –so there will be some motion-from the wristbut maintain this bridge position. –you never lose the grip-. Leads do not press the thumb a very bad idea-the thumb lays down-just resting normally when followers donot hook well and do this –it gives the leaders the tendencyto hold tight so ladies make sure you hook*-Not too hard-Leaders make sure you do not press. Now to create tension-or Compression –Tension is going away from each other, It is like we are holding each other-Compression is pressing against each other It is our body weight going towards the hand. So follow presses into the palm-so tension-compression – so this is gradual –you are not going to push or pull –do a gradual compression and gradual tension. Mostly using tension in this lesson
THE SEND OUT
We are going to start from an OP and then we are going to go back to a CP:
CP-OP OP-CP: Tr Tr send her out Tr Tr back together. Tr Tr RS. So we are going to learn 2 different things-Leaders have to learn learn signals in order to tell your follower so she understands what you want. . Follows learn how to respond to those signals. You need to read them and then respond. So to simplify we are going to imagine leaders are an imaginary door- and only one person can go thru it and I am going to sendher out there and I am going to justguide her and say -ma`am table number 2 and I``ll be right there. So I just go and when I reach the end –he brings her right back in. and she just moves right back in. It looks just like this- We move out and we move in. Ladies pay attention-when he moves me out I keep moving away from him until I connect here at the hand again.-this hand is what stops me--do not allow the arm to extend or straighten I always keep it bent- so we call that when you extend your arm-.-Spagetti whip lash. Notso good we also do not want a robotic movement-not tense-find something inbetween.. The way to think about is is when we take our RS after we finish our 2 triples- you want to think that your body is moving away from your elbow-sand the arm has some tension to it-RS
Signal on Rock Step All moves generally start on RS. Tr Tr Rock Send/ TR TR Rock in repeat-so now that you walk thru the motion-you sent herout lsadies- you went out and you came back in. now we have to do it with the steps but before we do it with the steps we need to talk about timing-leaders you give your signal on the rs-followers when you go out do not go too far too fast-you need to rsation all your steps. –make sure that by the rs which is going to be the beginning o the move you do not extend your arm-s—so make sure you leave a little room to be able to take a rs.-like so-otherwise you will find yourselfvery far and not being able to take a rs-now the arm does not get very loose- if it does we call that spagettiwhip lash-and it does this- Think of taking your body away from the elbow so it has a little bit of tension-now notice the follow comes in she comes all the way with her body not with her hand reaching for his shoulder. –that is the last thing you wnt to touch-m this first thing you wantto fell is her rib cage when she comes in. Follow-In-Rib cage on lead forearm and then put your arm on his. Follows remember to keep moving until you connect—keep moving but ration your steps
Follows your basic motion is forward and back on your triple steps-that isctually what you are doing whenever you are doing a move-sendout looks like this- TS Rock –He sends me-I go oon my Triple-Triple step-Then I go back because I am looking at him-and I go TS-and I go back to my RS-RS Forward on the triple and a little bit back on the second triple- so we always find we go forward and bsack. Leads notice that when I send her she doen`t open her body all the way-Like So:-That ould be something else-What leads are going to do is make sure her boy is parallel to his as I send her out-In OP follows try to know where he is trying to send you-look at his shoulders-they will tell you where he is trying to send you-I do not know where he is trying to send me I am just going to follow-RS TS TS –as you go out just svquare yourself off-RS TS TS RS-So keep looking at each other-and that is your basic send out. Triple 2x send her out/ tr 2x back together. Leaders learn the signals so follows understand what you want. Girls have to read and respond to the signals. Imaginary door –only one person goes thru-send her out there and back again-when she goes out –keep casual bend-do not stretch arm too straight. Called spaghetti whip lash-as she goes out she reaches the end of her arm and goes back in again.
Next step will be the underarm turn and it looks like this: Demo RS TR TR 12 3&4 5&6 RS Turns are very important in swing. You do a lot of them: they travel, they stay in place-There are many different kinds. Right now we are using traveling turns. For now we are going to have the follows go underneath and ladies this is going to be a turn to your left-so you are going to be turning left. So my signal leads is I open my body: so Ladies this is a visual signal-anytime he clears the way you are invited to travel. So the leader turns and he opens the gate and the follower will just go thru.-I would just go thru-right?
I am also going to give her a physical signal-Ladies you get stopped. You come from somewhere so whenever he stops you it is to change your direction so you are moving forward again.. It is like an elastic band.You are getting a visual signal and you are getting a physical signal. You need to keep moving. How do you know you are going underarm? Simply because the hand goes up-now when the hand goes up it is still in the middle-she could be going or he could be going- it depends where the hand goes up. If it goes on top of my head I will be the one turning-if it goes on top of his head –he will be the one turning. So for now ladies you are going to go- So leaders you are going too clear the way-bring the hand up- -Ladies you walk thru your hand ends up on top of your head – you keep moving thru-and ladies you want to end up looking at your leader. Ladies you want to look at your leader as you keep traveling otherwise you are going to strangle yourself. You want to keep turning to look at your partner. Lets review it again: As the follower is coming in just before you feel tension on your fingers- because this would stop me- you will look at your wrist. As if you need to see what time it is and then it comes down and then you exchange places. So that little movement of the wrist from the leader allows the follower to slide around his fingers- so you are going to be sliding around his fingers. So imagine that those 2 fingers are a gun And I am John Wayne and I am shooting to my right.(JW is blind) and the follower is coming in, and as soon as I see her coming in I will turn my wrist -because JW wonders what time it is and then exchange places. If we do it again on this side-the hand goes up-I keep moving and he faces me. Followers if you notice, I am always traveling down my line- the leader clears out and he comes back in. –he clears out he comes back in-.If you see it from a back view: I see him clearing the way- I just move thru and he comes right back in. Again-he clears the way I walk thru and he comes right back in. So this is the movement. Now we need to do it with the footwork
Again we are going to talk about timing. The timing is going to be the same as for the send out. So the Rock Step is the beginning of your move. We start with the RS this time as we did for the basic send out. So the RS is the beginning of your move. We are going to start actually on the RS. So we will go Rock Step-Ladies move forward on the first triple/triple step/ back on the second triple/triple step and back to your rock step. Rock step, triple step, triple step, rock step. Now why are we not hitting each other-we basically both turn a quarter turn. Because we dance- when we dance swing on two tracks. Track # one and track #2. Now when we come in and the follower turns we share the tracks (slot). I am standing on one track and she is standing on the other and then we pass each other and we face each other again. Now that we have gone thru the motion of the timing lets make it a little more specific. Lets break down the
Follows you start with your R foot. Remember in open position you start with your RS; not with the triple step it is just the common use. -because the RS is the beginning of the move. So ladies with your R foot you are going to take your RS back. Rock-you are going to come forward on the step-your weight is shifting forward. The leader cleared your way so you are going to keep going forward but your arm is coming up-so you are going to go under and you are going triple step-In the meantime I took a quarter turn because of my arm- second quarter turn I look at my leader-triple step-and as I stepe away- my arm is coming down and I finish with my rock step and I keep moving again triple ¼ turn, triple step and RS. So basically-you keep moving down the slot and you will eventually turn-just think about moving do not think so much about the rotation.
We start like the follows did with the RS-what we are going to make sure is: that when we do the rock step- Is that we already clear the way. Already when I take my RS it will be at a slight diagonal. We are going to go R and then make sure that you turn on step and then triple step which is a quarter turn. And then another quarter turn- I do not have to travel a lot just a little bit. Again: clear the way, and open triple step triple step. And clear and turn a quarter turn, a quarter turn. RS and that is the footwork for the leader. So together it would look like this: RS Tr step Tr step. RS a quarter turn, a quarter turn. Clear the way, tr st tr st RS. Now from this angle we talked about one more thing-we talked about this arm coming down-it only comes down because we step away. Lead don`t try to bring it down. So this would be the no-no: demo Rs tr down tr step-this would be a bad idea. Arm-It goes down because she travels back.-you basically want to make it nice and easy.
Underarm for the Leaders:
The arm still goes up; He still clears the way. He is going to X my right hand side so he steps out slightly to his L. But this time he is the one going under so he goes under his own hand. The funny thing is that we call this an under arm turn but in reality we are going under our hand- demo Together it looks like-RS triple step-triple step. Rs triple step Tr step RS. If you notice the time is exactly the same-RS we connect Triple step we move forward-second triple step we movea little backward. So lets review the handwork- Leaders when you want to go under bring the fingers toward the ceiling-it creates a little pole and she is going to turn around it-followers-as he is going thru-keep looking at him-I keep looking at him-keep looking at him-keep looking at him- now why is this like that- If I don`t keep looking at him this is what happens-he goes nunder- and I keep going and my arm is being pulled back –this is what we call breaking frame-any time your arm is there-that’s a bad idea- everytime your arm is too far forward- that’s a bad idea.So keep your shoulder at a certain angle don`t allow it o go too far back
and don’t allow it to go too far forward. If you just think about keep looking at him-it will prevent you from doing that. So again with the footwork-RS triple step triple step-RS again RS Tr s Trs RS. One last little detail-Anytime the arms come up for an underarm keep them bent the same way they are here up and down. Up Down.
Review: Footwork for the leaders:
What we are going to do is a quarter turn to the left and then another quarter turn to the left RS. Out of her way, L turn. What we are doing is creating a V-Out Clear the way and then we are going back in the slot again. All the follower will do is walk straight. Again we go RS and go out and in and RS. These are 2 quarter turns to the left- From the back it looks like this- Rock-Out-Triple turn/ triple step/ RS
RS TS TS RS. Rock –Out-Triple step Triple step RS.
Footwork for the Follows:
Followers- anytime he clears the way you know you got to go so leaders it is essential that you clear the way if you want your girl to stay in place and then you want her to travel- if she gets used to travel around you all the time- you won`t be able to keep her in place. So ladies he has gone out of the way-you are still doing your RS you are still going forward. But this timeyou are not turning to your L-That R hand is staying to your R- so you look at him do not break your frame-triple step you ook at your partner- so you are turning to your right-then I do again my triple step going backwards and again my RS. R step he goes underI keep moving straight forward-0triple step I turn a quarter to my right to look t him-and then Triple step back to my RSback.
A FEW TIPS:
When we do this leader underarm makesure that we don`t bring the hand up too late-leaders have a tendency to bring the hand up on three and then it is too late-the follower is traveling under. Leads start bringing your arm up on 2 –If you count your RS 1, 2 That would be your 2. So you go 1-UP(2) and get well to the side so she knows it is a lead underarm, no way is it an underarm for the follow-Tr S Tr S RS. If you keep the hand more in the middle-this could happen where we both want to go under-and it is possible-but you want to be able to control that. AGAIN: Rock out/ clear out of the way-Rock Out Triple Triple-RS Make sure leaders on the hand level that you don`t hold with you thumb-because it wont allow her to turn around the fingers. Ladies remember to create yiour hand bridge and slide around.
Every time we get back into CP it allows you leaders to kind of think of hat you want to do next-It gives you a little break in your dancing. So you have learned the Basic Send Out from CP , The Follower Underarm Turn & The Leader Underarm Turn. Then you got back together-CP We start in CP: We start with the triple step/ triple step send her out. Triple step triple step- underarm turn-where she goes and we can do another one where she goes again- triple step now the leader is going to go under. Out triple step Triple step RS –One more time for the leader and we get back together TS TS RS. Demo from looking forward in CP: From this angle- TS TS RS/ TS TS RS/ She Goes: TS TS RS (clear the way) TR TR RS and He Goes: TS TS RS TSTS RS. And back together: TS TS RS.
Lindy Hop 6ct Sylvia Sykes Section #1
#1 6ct triple time basic in Jockey position (Lindy Basic) “Diamond” Stance,
connection between elbows, and do your triples on the spot-save the big rock
steps for initiating moves. In CP the hand on the back is your strongest lead
#2 Underarm to open: Frame and connection exercises. Pay attention to lead &
follow-body lead from the arm on follow`s back. Girls 1st triple on the underarm is small small big
moving into your own arm
#3 Follower underarm, Under Arm Turn: Practice moving together as a couple
squaring off with the shoulders and hips. Be able to do a clean underarm turn looking at her as he
goes under. Lead pattern is rock, X ,triple 1 (with a 1/2 paddle turn to the right) triple 2 in place.
Make her do all the travelling. You stay in one spot. From OP think -stretch /go- for rock step. Get connection to make
your dancing look elastic. SMOOTH! Underarm Turn: From open after a send out or
tuck turn lead the follow with your left hand to your right side and past you.
First step is a stretch (no rockstep for the follow though…just step on the spot) then the lead brings her in on two and
she passes by during the triple-lead will anchor and begin the follow’s turn at the end of the first triple.
Follows don’t turn too early-keep an eye on your right hand and it will prevent you from turning too early.
#4 Leader underarm#5 Underarm to CP-hand on back by 3. Stay in place and bring her to you.#6 Throw Out /Send-Out – Lead does a forward rock-step leaving the follow back andthen leads her through on two with the right hand (mainly) and the girl will start turning at the end of the firsttriple because the lead leads it then.Try not to turn abruptly but stretch it out. Leads anchor your triples.#7 Man`s wrap walkthrough and Armslide#8 Separated Underarms#9 Man`s wrap to shake hands position#10 Underarm behind the back hand change
LINDY HOP SAVOY STYLE 8ct Triple Basics
- #1 Basic Swingout from Open Position: Basic timing 8ct: Practise in place
- 1 2 3&4 5 6 7&8
Start in Open position: her R hand resting in his left hand.
Follows: get ready setting up the 8ct on ct 8 on the left foot.
Twist ct1 and ct2, move forward on ct2 when he leads you forward.
Both get half way around on 3&4. By ct 4 be in an open style closed position.
Follows travel as in run run run on 3&4. (X&X) Side step ct 5 then pivot & big
step back on ct6. 7&8: L hook behind, 1/4 left turn with RL to set up the swivels.
Leads: Get low on the rock ct1 with a good stretch, then cross ct2 leading her
forward and bringing her to you! ; 3& get out of her way; ct4 face her,
shoulders squared and L hand at the L hip. (3&4: side X side)
Hook behind on ct5 while twisting the upper body to turn her and change her
momentum and release end of ct5 to go back and open infront of her ct 6 following her out with the left hand.
Triple facing her on 7&8. Ct 1 bow low swinging the R arm back. Use the knees as a cushion.
His left hand is kept low and look at her all the time. TIP: look over your R shoulder on 4& to get a good twist on ct 5.
Get the biggest steretch on ct1.
- #2 Lindy Circle: Lead goes toward the follow on 3&4 wrapping his R hand
- tightly all the way around her waist. He hooks behind and rocks back ct5 and
- rocks forward ct6 while pivoting to bring her to his starting position on ct 1
- . He slides to the back with 7&8 together. She X`s infront ct6.
- #3 Lindy Swingout from CP: Leads on rock move the R hand to the mid back.
- 3&4 travel 1/2 way coming infront of follow who does 3&4 in place hanging
- back facing lead. Keep L hand at leads L hip ct 4 and without pulling twist
- her ct 5 as lead hooks behind. -They trade places.
- #4 Jockey Step into
Charleston: Side by Side-hold her tight.
- Get the tempo with a jockey step: RS Step 3456 , step back 78.
- Rock Step into charleston Take the hand infront by ct5 to do a
- swingout to open.
- #5 Heels: Styling anyone can do anytime on ct 1,2 ct 8 bend knees
- with the feet tgether then on 12 pop the heels back forward. Travel
- forward on 3&4.
- #6 Kick Away: Turn 1/4 on 7&8 No pulling . She kicks R.
- He kicks L Kick from a bent knee and pivot on ct2 to face parner. RUN 3&4.
LINDY HOP 6CT TRIPLE BASICS (NATALIE GOMEZ)
Lindy Smooth 6ct Section 1
#1 Wrap combination (4 moves)
#2 Tuck Turn
#3 Tuck Turn and Wrap Together
#4 Skater Combination with Spot Turns( 5 Moves)
#5 Putting it all together
Natalie Lindy Triple 6ct Section 3
LINDY HOP SAVOY STYLE 8ct Triple Basics
Start in Open position: her R hand resting in his left hand.
Follows: get ready setting up the 8ct on ct 8 on the left foot. Twist ct1 and ct2, move forward on ct2 when he leads you forward. Both get half way around on 3&4. By ct 4 be in an open style closed position. Follows travel as in run run run on 3&4. (X&X) Side step ct 5 then pivot & big step back on ct6. 7&8: L hook behind, 1/4 left turn with RL to set up the swivels.
Leads: Get low on the rock ct1 with a good stretch, then cross ct2 leading her forward and bringing her to you! ; 3& get out of her way; ct4 face her, shoulders squared and L hand at the L hip. (3&4: side X side)Hook behind on ct5 while twisting the upper body to turn her and change her momentum and release end of ct5 to go back and open infront of her ct 6 following her out with the left hand. Triple facing her on 7&8. Ct 1 bow low swinging the R arm back. Use the knees as a cushion. His left hand is kept low and look at her all the time. TIP: look over your R shoulder on 4& to get a good twist on ct 5. Get the biggest steretch on ct1.
#1 Options on the Basic
#3 Double Turn
#4 Hand shake Behind the Back
#5 Hand to Hand
#6 Mini Dip
#7 Glide to the Side with Shake Time
#8 Slip Slop
#9 Around The World with Points
#2 Men`s Rock Step
#3 Push Around Kick around Heels into Sailor Step
#4 Double Turn in Back to Back Charleston with a turn
#5 Quick Turn, Flying Charleston, Low Down, Thigh Slap,
#6 Shoulder Rock Fish Tail, Pimp Walk
LINDY HOP SMOOTH STYLE Interm./Adv. 6 & 8ct triple Basics (Sylvia Sykes)
Lindy Hop 6ct Sylvia Sykes Section #1
#1 6ct triple time basic in Jockey position (Lindy Basic)“Diamond” Stance, connection between elbows, and do your triples on the spot-save the big rock steps for initiating moves. In CP the hand on the back is your strongest lead connection.
#2 Underarm to open: Frame and connection exercises.
Pay attention to lead & follow-body lead from the arm on
follow`s back. Girls 1st triple on theunderarm is small small
big moving into your own arm
#3 Follower underarm, Under Arm Turn: Practice moving
together as a couple squaring off with the shoulders and
hips. Be able to do a clean underarm turn looking at her as
she goes under. Lead pattern is rock, X ,triple 1
(with a 1/2 paddle turn to the right) triple 2 in place.
Make her do all the travelling. You stay in one spot. From
OP think -stretch /go- for rock step. Get connection to make
your dancing look elastic. SMOOTH! Underarm Turn: From
open after a send out or tuck turn lead the follow with your
left hand to your right side and past you. First step is a
stretch (no rockstep for the follow though…just step
on the spot) then the lead brings her in on two and she
passes by during the triple-lead will anchor and begin the
follow’s turn at the end of the first triple. Follows don’t turn
too early-keep an eye on your right hand and it will prevent
you from turning too early.#4 Leader underarm#5 Underarm to CP-hand on back by 3. Stay in place andbring her to you.#6 Throw Out /Send-Out – Lead does a forward rock-stepleaving the follow back and then leads her through on twowith the right hand (mainly) and the girl will start turningat the end of the first triple because the lead leads it then.Try not to turn abruptly but stretch it out. Leads anchoryour triples.#7 Man`s wrap walkthrough and Armslide#8 Separated Underarms#9 Man`s wrap to shake hands position#10 Underarm behind the back hand changeLINDY HOP SS 6ct Intermediate #2
#1 SIDEPASS- Follow Underarm, hand change, pull follow past
(2 moves) Sidepass (Her underarm, hand change, Pull thru,
handchange) Underarm for follow- overturn fall for lead-changing
to R to R handhold now with back to the follow -pull her forward
to change sides.
#2 Follow UNDERARM and lead WRAP#3 SIDEPASS to R to R handhold#4 SHOULDER DRAPE to CP
#5 Closed position TUCK to underarm turn: Tuck from CP to OP-
Leads use a rock step to the side to twist her out before tucking
in. Tuck Turn-From CP:Out, in, spin. Keep your triples steps! The
lead pushes the follow through on 4, the end of her first triple.
#6 UNDER her arm, his WRAP to SHAKE HANDS
#7 PULL THRU From R to R pull and release and trade places,
footwork same as for follow underarm.
#8 Leader WRAP to CP
LINDY HOP SS 6ct Intermediate #3
#1 HITCH KICK and SWITCHES Styling on the Rock Step: Leads-
Kick ball change:Kick from the knee and aim for the floor.
VOX TORONTO LINDY HOP VIDEO MOVES:6 & 8 ct triplehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tndm6aJTsjU&NR=1 1. 8 ct OP his R to her L: 2 outside turns 2. 8 ct Double underarm out of wrap 3. Head held dip: her R arm around his neck-from CP 4. 2 6ct underarms to 8ct tandem with 4ct in and out 5. X arm twin turn-L hands on top: her L turn on first triple, with L arm low & R arm high: his R half turn on 2nd triple. With his back to her: pull her forward and loop turn her with his R hand to face him. 6. Swing Out exercise: OP-OP: RS triple(no rotation) to square off in CP, push her away 5 and release his R hand on ct 6.Ttriple 7&8 in OP again. 7. BONUS:
BENEFITS OF SWING DANCE
FOUNDATIONS OF LINDY HOP/RETRO SWING :There are no rules in retro style swing dance as there are in Ballroom. However, there are foundations that every student must build on to learn how to comfortably dance with a partner. There are also essential rules of ettiquette or dancer rights and responsibilities that apply to all forms of partner dance. Follow these rules to make retro swing dancing fun for everyone!
FOUNDATION#1 Principals of Leading and Following:It is permissable for a guy or a girl to initiate the invitation to dance at a swing dance. Next, it is necessay to establish who is leading and who is following. The lead`s job is to initiate the dancing and to spontaneously create the order of patterns or moves wanted. Usually the best way for a lead to take charge is to start the dance in closed position where there are more points of contact to lead the follow. There are 2 basic positions for swing partner dancing: closed and open. The lead generally comes from the hand on the follow`s back in closed position. If the lead uses the correct connection with his partner and focuses on a smooth body lead, the follow will not feel uncomfortably pushed, jerked, pulled or squeezed. The follow must not anticipate but rather use the points of connection to repond smoothly to the leads that are initiated. Several connection exercises are given in the first classes to lay a good foundation for leading and following. The follow learns to be sensitive to all the points of connection by closing their eyes to concentrate on the leads that are initiated. The follow`s job when dancing is to mentally focus on the leads being initiated, shutting out all distractions. In open position the lead is established by squaring up with the shoulders and hips to the partner to maximize the effectiveness of a body lead even though the only connection may be with one hand. A follow must remember at all times to continue in the basic step pattern regardless of the direction they are being led to move. The lead should continue with his basic footwork even when giving the follow a turn. A follow does not like to be started in a basic pattern to be cut off early by a lead who lost track of their footwork and who forgot to finish the count for the pattern. To summarize: In a well led and followed dance, all body movements will look and feel natural not stiff or jerky.
FOUNDATION #2: MusicalityThe dance is intended to compliment the music in mood and rhythm. In the beginning stage it is more essential for the lead to have musicality than the follow. The follow`s job is to follow the beat initiated by the lead; not the music. If they are dancing together off beat to the music then it is the lead`s fault. A follow may tell the lead they are off beat if the lead does not notice it. The lead can always stop and restart on beat. To get on beat the lead needs to have a basic understanding of swing music. Listen to swing music and you will clearly hear upbeat immediately followed by a downbeat. A variety of swing music is used in the dance classes to give the leads lots of practise finding the up & downbeat. Lindy Hop is a downbeat or earthy dance style where styling emphasis is placed on the downbeat. The dance and the music starts on the upbeat. Counting the beats in swing music can be simplified to 2 beats: 1 is the upbeat and 2 is the downbeat. Leads will want to start all their basics on the upbeat or 1 ct. Thus restarting a dance after stopping is as easy as counting to 2. It is musical ettiquette to begin a partner dance after the intro to the swing tune is over. You can mess around on the intro. Beyond this basic musicality there is no right or wrong with swing dance moves the lead chooses to do. A lead can create their own idea of having fun to the music as long as they stays on beat! Doing a move or combination of moves inbetween lots of basics gives the lead enough rest time to keep on the beat. Listening to lots of swing music will improve the musicality of both lead and follow. The music has breaks that can be used by the lead for a flashy move or a follow shine. With practise a lead will sense when a song is coming to a close. A good lead matches his dance to fit the mood of the music. A dramatic ending calls for a dip or at the very least a return to closed position. Faster music calls for more kicks and faster single rhythm footwork. Slower music calls for smooth triple rhythm to fill it out. Regardless of the speed of the music street syle swing wants to be circular. Even a lead doing beginner basics will look good on the dance floor if he keeps the dance circular and dynamic-not static in a slot. More advanced musicality is taught in the triple rhythm classes.
Learning Basics with Jump Joint Swing:
Progressive classes are available from September to MayOur classes are very friendly and a lot of fun. We demo, teach and, dance with you at the weekly class and swing dances with your goals in mind providing the progressive dance course that suits you best. Single time Lindy is recommended before learning triple time Lindy Hop. Jump Joint Swing aims to preserve the origins of swing dance thru Lindy Hop and all our students are encouraged to pursue this true essence of swing dance. This improvisational partner dance style is easily achieved after 3 months of Easy Beginner Lesson instruction! Not only is Single Time Lindy (think Jive) fast, fun and easy, but after one lesson you will be out on the floor dancing. Why single time Lindy first? We use Single Lindy to communicate the rhythms of swing music to our students. Without understanding the rhythms it is hard to dance to the music and keep on the beat. It is very important for a lead to have some basic musicality before stepping out on the dance floor. Girls really appreciate a guy who feels the beat. After musicality, lead and follow communication is the next important ingredient. I use Single Lindy as a swing form that strips all the frills away to focus on your basic lead and follow skills. Professional swing dancers regularly take time to work on the above principals of musicality and partner communication with the very basics. Triple Lindy is included in our Beginner curriculum and is easy after the Single Lindy lesson. Progressive class students are encouraged to practice swing dancing 2 minutes a day listening to swing music- feeling the pulse. Practice immediately after each class and retain 90% of what you learn! Practice doing the basic single or triple step without a partner- When practicing with a partner-remember it is not just about the hand connections- it`s mainly a body weight connection!
FOLLOWING TECHNIQUES:Relax the hand and arm in a turn. Relax the shoulders. Keep the shoulders back using the muscles in the back- knees slightly bent. Follows follow (with their body) the hand that is connected to the lead. Keep the hand in view at all times. Consistent Arms on every axis (x,y and z), Don’t Anticipate – Feel the change and respond, Keep your feet underneath you, Plan to take small steps and allow the lead to determine how big they become, If a lead gives you momentum in a direction, keep that going until you feel otherwise, even if he turns you..(Don’t stop and turn…turn while moving). Try to be cute…it takes the attention off the lead.
LEADING TECHNIQUES:Leads- please don`t squeeze her hand! Clear leads, (strong but not jerky) Keep the upper body quiet (quiet hands – cut out excess movement) Try to have nice lines with your arms. Adjust your dancing to your partner, be flexible Know your footwork so you can focus on your strong clear and smooth leads. Try not to be too flashy let your follow shine…they will be watching the follow anyway. If something goes wrong…..it’s your fault.
PULSE YOUR BODY TO THE BEAT OF THE SWING MUSIC:Dance with your whole body to the Swing Beat. Pulse to every beat of the music.
Lindy Hop - started in the late 1920’s in Harlem, New York, a place where partner dance thrived and jazz music flourished! Both East and West Coast Swing originate from this joyful dance.There is single, double and triple rhthym Lindy Hop. Retro Swing or Lindy Hop is a street style of partner swing and is composed of a lead and follow. It is a very subjective style with the lead creating his own moves to the music. A thorough understanding of the basics of lead and follow and musicality is essential to looking good on the social dance floor. These important basics are covered in the Retro Swing classes. There are 2 styles of Triple Lindy Hop: Savoy according to Frankie Manning and Smooth or Hollywood style according to Dean Colins. Retro swing is the Savoy style. See the following for more details on Lindy Hop:
Lindy Hop is the original swing dance from the 30's, 40's, and 50's danced to Big Band Swing, Jump Blues, and early Rock 'n Roll. Characteristics of "the lindy" include swivels, aerials (air steps), kicks, rhythmic footwork, and energetic turns. The look of Lindy Hop is down low with bent knees and waist and open arms. One can pike forwards or backwards depending on style. Lindy Hop can be danced very fast (300bpm) or very slow (90bpm) and everything in between. Lindy Hop evolved into West Coast Swing during the 60's and 70's and changed as the music changed. In the late 80's and 90's Lindy Hop was rediscovered and made trendy with the help of original Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning, vintage video clips, neo-swing bands, and movies like Swing Kids, Malcolm X, and Swingers. Now you can dance the Lindy Hop in any big city in the world. Other terms for Lindy Hop are Jitterbug, Jive, Jump, and East Coast Swing. East Coast Swing is the 6 count pattern that Lindy Hopper's do that many ballrooms teach as a separate dance. Lindy Hop nowadays has many related dances that are an essential part of your swing vocabulary including Balboa, Bal-Swing, Collegiate Shag, Shadow/Tandem Charleston, Front Charleston, and 20's Charleston. There are also some swing line dances and routines that are known worldwide such as The Shim Sham, The Big Apple, Dean Collin's Shim Sham, The California Routine, and The Jitterbug Stoll. Lindy Hop is a street dance in that it's ever changing, done mostly socially, and is open to lots of inspiration and new steps. To become a Lindy Hopper you should take Lindy Hop lessons and most importantly, GO DANCING! It's fun, you never need a partner, and you will make many friends. Get involved.
Swing is written in foxtrot time 4/4 or cut-time and can be danced to any foxtrot tempo, however, the more syncopated tunes are more desireable. The shag was actually the first dance to be called jitterbug and its slow slow quick quick rhythm has set the basic pattern fo all the others. The single lindy has the same rhythm pattern.
Single Lindy: Cue: Slow slow quick quick or Side Side Rock Step
Double lindy is very adaptable to slow or fast rhythm and has proveen to feel good with modern swing tunes even though rock and roll has gone the way of all fads. In 4/4 or cut time, the action is an even six pattern. All are quick beats. The accent in the movement falls on beats 2, 4 , 2
Double Lindy: Cue: Dig Step, Dig Step, Rock Step
The triple rhythm is most often danced to slow sophisticated tempos. The quick beat may be divided into two counts, one and.
Triple Lindy: Cue: Shuf - fle Step, Shuf - fle Step, Rock Step.
The triple rhythm should be small shuffling steps, keeping the feet close to the floor. Weight is on the ball of the foot.
The important difference between foxtrot and swing is the syncopated quality which varies with the individual dancer and is a matter of style. A 1-2 beat may be taken as a step hop, as a kick step, as a touch step (dig step) or merely as a step bend. It is essential that the basic rhthm pattern be maintained by both man and lady, in open or closed position. The step should be small and under the body as a narrow moving base. The body should be free from tension but not saggy. Good swing requires a magnificent alertness to maneuver the open jitterbug variation. This must be reflected by a firm body and a calculated resistance in the arm and hand which will respond to a lead of the man`s hand in any direction. Swing steps do not carry the dancers around and around the floor( in a line of dance as in ballroom or in a slot as in West Coast swing)), but appear as a series of rolling and turning figures covering a circular space in one area. A subtle smoothness of movement is a joy to see as two dancers swirl and roll through an elaboirate combination of open steps to the off-beat rhythm.
Frankie Manning and the Savoy style:
EAST COAST SWING is taken from Jitterbug or single time Lindy Hop- From the 1940’s through the 50’s, Jitterbug swing was all the rage, and it’s back in style again! It is easy, high energy, fast and fun. Jive and Ceroc are example of swing dance styles that came from East Coast Swing. Find out more:
AERIALS - Moves with a partner that require precise timing, teamwork, and technique. They include for example piggy back, Russian split, hip jump, and duck and dive. They also include tricks, dips, and drops. Most aerials are only acceptable inside a jam circle. Watch the pros in action:
BALBOA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fPXn9Es240&NR=1
Maxie Dorf & Lolly Wise added breakaways and swing turns to the Balboa, which nowadays is often referred to as Bal Swing. Balboa can be danced to any speed of music, from slow songs to very fast ones at 300 beats/min. Pure Balboa is probably the easiest way to dance to fast music & enjoy it! Balboa was very popular among the college Kids in the mid 30`s and is presently enjoying a resurge in popularity-even in Vancouver. http://www.stevedandrebecca.com/performances.asp (click the top link)Balboa videos
CHARLESTON - Lindy Hop evolved for the most part from 20`s Charleston. Please see www.jitterbuzz.com/less3.html for more info.
20`s Charleston Cow Tail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTycDNiL2Xk
Jam Circles & AERIALS - A circle of dancers clapping and giving encouragement and support to a couple in the middle. The middle dancers are free to do any flashy stuff to show off their dancing! Jamming is a performance skill! A good entrance & exit with a partner as well as aerials and flashy dance moves are highly admired by the crowd surrounding the dancers. Musicality and good lead follow technique will enhance the performance. Entrances, exits, flashy moves, musicality, hitting breaks, and techniques for dancing to faster tempos.*Jam Material: This is any dance move that needs more space than is available on the social dance floor, but can be done inside a circle of swing dancers with one or two couples in the center of the circle. Also includes flashy moves that are acceptable on the social dance floor.
Aerials 2007 curriculum with Kerry Ward: Basic Prep technique 1, 2 and Down, Up: 2 kinds Timing together Use all your points of contact: teamwork. Maintain your frame. Know Commitment/Attitude/Trust
Fall 2006 Cirque du Swing workshops:
Waterfall: He has his L arm up reaching toward the ceiling with a flat back platform. His R arm is bent. Facing his R shoulder and using basic entry she jumps onto his back landing on her stomach going under his L arm- reaching with both arms for his neck to wrap around. As she slides fwrd across his back he take her legs with his L arm and her neck with his R hand and he stands up without letting her touch the ground until the landing infront. She arrests her descent at the top of his legs. He lifts her with 1 hand on the back of her neck first and then the other under 1 leg as she comes between his legs in the fetal position. She lands infront.
Hip Toss: Entry with standard aerial handgrip: He brings the girl in -guys hip goes directly infront of her back.. He puts her R hand aX his chest and he puts his R hand aX her chest onto her L shoulder. His L palm is facing away from his chest as it holds her R palm. She brings her feet up in a pike position. as the guys pops her up. She does a back flip onto her feet.
Monster back flip: guy thinks L hand to her L: put her arm around his neck, his arm around the waist or stomach With her legs bent she rests her back on his shoulder before the toss over. He looks fwd not back at her. He brings her in, down and up and over.
Piggy Back to Walk Over: Girl behind the guy: She lands in piggy back with her hands on his shoulders and her feet flexed and legs parralel to the floor and her stomach comfortably away from his back so he can reach fwd to grab the soles of her feet. He brings her feet down and up and behind his back so she can stand leaning her thighs against his back for balance. She uses his shoulders to stand. She Looks fwd with arms out to her side. When ready to exit she leans fwd over his R shoulder and angles her body toward his left side and walks off with back straight. On the exit as she leans fwd he wraps his r arm around her waist and then grabs her extended L arm at the elbow. He grabs the arm and feeds her out with his l hand. She does not rotate her hips! Her feet are scissoring down-her body staying straight. No Backbend-she walks off.
Swingout with Toss-Use triple jump jam cirlce entry. Think about Platform, connection and timing.
Step Over: 1 Leg over to jump down infront to jump up over the head to behind the back. Guy is a firm platform for the girl to step up on. She stands on his R side at R angle to him. Both hands are joined in a Xed arm hold with the joined L hands ontop (his L elbow points front and his L palm is up and over his R shoulder. His R palm is up and his R upper arm is in line with his R thigh.) She steps up onto his R thigh with her R foot and sweeps her L leg over his head and jumps off landing directly infront of him. He then lifts her with the joined hands to land her directly behind him. The hands maintain contact. She must not let her legs go fwd on the lift to avoid pulling the guy off balance
The Fly: From a swingout he changes the hand grip to connect his left to her right hand in a secure tight hold. Using the standard aerial prep: 1, 2 down up: She lifts off from her right foot using his head to push her body up with her left palm and bending both knees.As he rotates her around his right arm to land infront of him she extends her legs and her right arm in the air then bends her knees and bounces on the landing using the hand connection to push away from the lead. Just before lift off she should see his head just below hers with his eyes looking up at heras he wraps his right arm to lift and rotate her.
LINDY HOP IN CHOREOGRAPHY:
George Gee Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra performs "Wednesday Night Hop" for the Lindy Chorus at Roseland Ballroom in NYC at Frankie Manning's 88th ...
***WATCH ORIGINAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjmD7V0sdY
The Lindy Chorus was choreographed by Frankie Manning to work with standard 8 bar Big Band songs, and, in particular, Andy Kirk's Wednesday Night Hop. This piece requires a partner and for Frankie's 85th Birthday Celebration in May of 1999, over 100 couples will hit the floor to do this piece to the live music of George Gee's Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra.
32 beats intro, open position, no steps
Charleston, apart (second time through, swing low)
Hand to hand Charleston
* Repeat pattern above with the additional notes in blue*
Variations on the Lindy Chorus:
1940s Jive Stroll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDvrT6wPat4
Jitterbug Stroll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcJbrWd1oxM created by Ryan Francoise.
In the late 1920s and the 1930s, at the end of many performances, all of the musicians, singers, and dancers would get together on stage and do one last routine: the Shim Sham Shimmy. Tap dancers would perform technical variations, while singers and musicians would shuffle along as they were able. s a result of this conglomerate background, there is not one universal "shim sham" there are several variations. When a group of people do the Shim Sham (especially a group of people from different cities), their steps will be largely similar with some variation and even some improvisation. One particular routine is quite common, and can be learned by intermediate dancers in a social setting. There are a number of alternative choreographies—one developed by Frankie Manning another by Al Minns and Leon James (also called the "Savoy Shim Sham"), and a third by Dean Collins
The Shim Sham routine created by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant in 1927 uses four popular steps of the period: the Shim Sham, the Pushbeat and Crossover, the Tackie Annie or Tack Annie, and the Half Break. Originally called “Goofus” and done as a comedic farm dance to the song “Turkey in the Straw,” the dance was performed by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant around the South while they were touring with the Whitman Sisters Troupe. The dance was then taken to the Shim Sham Club in New York, where the farm theme was dropped and chorus girls were added to the dance. The chorus girls further varied the dance by shaking their shoulders while doing the first step, and soon the dance became known as the Shim Sham Shimmy. Leonard Reed Shim Shams
The Shim Sham is 10 phrases of choreography (each phrase lasting four 8-counts), so it does not usually take up an entire song. After the Shim Sham was over, the dancers then would exit either stage left or right, depending on what was agreed upon for that show.
Today in the Lindy Hop scene, once the Shim Sham choreography is over, dancers typically grab a partner and break into lindy hop for the remainder of the song. During this portion of the song, the band or a DJ may call out "Freeze!" or "Slow!" instructing the dancers to either stop where they are or dance slowly, then call out "Dance!" to tell everyone to resumes normal dancing. The Frankie Manning version adds a Boogie Back/Boogie Forward phrase and Boogie Back/Shorty George phrase to the end of the basic choreography, then repeats the basic choreography before the Lindy break—but in repeating adds a pause or break at the end of each 8-beat phrase/dance move. Only after the repeats are ended do the dancers break into freestyle Lindy Hop.
The Shim Sham goes best with swing songs whose melody lines start on beat eight, as does the choreography. An obvious choice is The Shim Sham Song (Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra), which was written specifically for this dance and has musical effects (e.g.breaks) in all the right places. However, today the Shim Sham—particularly the Frankie Manning version—is danced more often to "'Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It)" by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, or "Tuxedo Junction" by Erskine Hawkins. In fact, it is typical now at a Lindy dance party for dancers to start up a Shim Sham whenever "'Tain't What You Do" is played. There is also a recording "Stompin' at the Savoy" with the George Gee band where Manning himself calls out the moves.These are the 4 steps of the original 32-bar Shim Sham:1) The Shim Sham & The Break, 2) Push and Cross, 3) Tacky Annies, 4) Half Break ( see descriptions in order below).
|1||8e1||stomp brush step||RRR|
|2e3||stomp brush step||LLL|
|2||4e1e||stomp brush ball change||RRRL|
|2e3||stomp brush step||RRR|
|3+4||repeat with sides reversed|
|5+6||repeat bar 1-2, ending with:|
|6||2e3||stomp brush touch||RRR|
|7||8 1||stamp toe||RL|
|2 3e||step hop step||LLR|
|2 3||step step||RL|
|17||e4e1||stamp stamp brush touch (crossing behind)||RLRR|
|2e3||stamp brush touch (crossing behind)||RLL|
|18||4e1||stamp brush touch (crossing behind)||LRR|
|2e3||stamp brush step (crossing behind)||RLL|
|19-22||repeat twice, ending with:|
|22||2e3||stamp brush step||RLL|
|23+24||Break as before|
|25||8 1||stamp step||RL|
|e2e3||shuffle ball change||RRRL|
|27+28||break as before|
|29-32||repeat 25-28, ending the break with:|
|2 3||jump out, jump in||BB|
"fall off the log - shuffle - step step - shake shake, step - step - shake shake"
Created in a club in Chicago (De Lisa) in 1940. A dancer named Trankey Doo
performed this choreography. It was added to and embellished into what we
have today and is done to any song with classic swing structure.
Leon James and Al Minz would do this in their repertoire as they traveled and danced.
(we know 2 versions: Frankie Manning & from The Spirit Moves)
The following info is compliments of the cat. The Tranky Doo was originally choreographed by Pepsi Bethel. Frankie Manning made his own version. http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Tranky_Doo
And here's a Yehoodi thread that contains some links to various modern
performances, as well as a step list by Mike Faltesek:
http://www.yehoodi. com/phpBB2/ viewtopic. php?t=65572
The Tranky Doo is Lindy Hop Jazz choreography. It first appeared at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem during the 1940s. It was choreographed by Pepsi Bethel.
At that time, it was danced to Tuxedo Junction. It was common to Lindy hoppers like the Shim Sham.
Notes From Swing Brain: (called “Trun-key Doo” on the spirit moves) This dance was choreographed by someone named Frankie Manning while the Congaroo Dancers were playing the Club de
8 COUNT MOVE
THE BIG APPLE from the movie "KEEP PUNCHING"