Description of the Dances
Where do I start?
If you are just starting out Swing dancing, the place to start is Beginning Lindy Hop!
If you are comfortable with 6 count Swing and want to move on adding 8 count moves and learn the Swingout, you are probably wanting to go with Beginning Intermediate Lindy Hop. (see descriptions below)
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East Coast Swing
A simple easy to learn take-off on the Lindy Hop that is based on 6 count steps that can easily be mastered. Gets you going in no time! Can be danced right away to lots of styles of music from Big Band, 50's to contemporary music.
The granddaddy of all swing dancing was created in Harlem in the late 1920's. This exciting dance incorporates footwork based on the Charleston, Boogie Woogie break away steps, freezes, and 6-count and 8-count traveling steps. It's an energetic, swinging', happy dance that can be danced to slow or fast swing music.
Get your kicks with the Charleston. It's the foundation and a basic of the Lindy Hop. Here's where you'll learn those fun Charleston variations, including Kick-Through, Hand to Hand, and Tandem. It adds excitement and gives you a chance to move to faster music with ease, as well as catch your breath.
A swing dance with footwork done close to your partner to faster music. An original Southern California Swing Dance that developed in the mid 1930's on Balboa Island. Today it is one of the most popular dances, danced around the world. A true international language like Lindy Hop!
This is a bouncy version of the Balboa. It can be danced close or apart from your partner. And involves lots of kicks and breaks. Here is a picture.
These are traditional Jazz steps that all of you learn during our class warm-up. Add flavor to your dancing with Shorty George, Suzie Que, Fall of the Log, Boogie Down, and many more. In Europe this is the name for a popular swing dance that is based on 6 count swing and is also a takeoff on the Lindy Hop.