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This little routine, choreographed by Kris to Wynton Marsalis’ lovely New Orleans Jazz version of O Christmas Tree, will give you a little fun and a challenge or two, and keep you warm over the holidays. Have a great time learning it!

Once you’ve learned it, we’d love it if you would film yourself and post on our facebook or slack communities. Get all dressed up and do the whole thing, or wear pajamas and just dance a short part of it… whatever you like. It’s just a little way we can share with each other 😉

Happy Holidays!
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There’s so much misinformation about the history of Lindy Hop on google, Wikipedia and other websites that we decided to dig deeper and see if we can find out more by reading the autobiographies and scanning through old newspapers of the time.

This is why we commissioned the wonderful Katie Cobalt to help dig into the relevant literature to look for more information that can help us answer important questions such as:

Tune in to our history series to learn all about these questions.

Welcome to our Lindy Library!

On this page we’ve collected as many moves from our Swing 1-6 courses as we could (and added some bonus videos, too). Just like in a dictionary where you look up a meaning of a word, in this library you can have a quick look for a move, including the counts and what steps it consists of.

Videos are grouped by their content. In the description below the video player, you can see in which course and class this move appears, so if you’re looking for more details you know where to go 🙂

An important note about lindy hop culture

This dance is not a fixed list of moves. You don’t need to collect lots of moves to be a great dancer, and you don’t need to see the library as a fixed list that can’t be changed. Quite the opposite!

Great lindy hop can be done with only a few moves, and every dancer can create their own at any time.

So: we encourage you to use this library in a way that honors the origins and culture of lindy hop. Use it as a reference, to revisit moves you like or moves you want to practice; with no pressure that you must “complete” your list.

And, once you’ve looked at and practiced a move, it’s important that you don’t stop after learning the move. Try to explore what else you can do with it. How can you change it to make it your own? Learning a move from a video should just be the first step. The real work should start after that: make it your own, explore it further, create something new with it. We hope you take this philosophy to heart and experiment and explore with each move in the library.

By the way: we would LOVE to see what you create. Come and join us in the train together sessions to practice the moves, get creative with them and if you like, share what you’ve created with others at the end of the session.

Most importantly, have fun!

P.S. one more little note: you might know many of these moves by different names. In lindy hop, some moves have a very common classic name that nearly every lindy hopper agrees on, some moves have a few names, some moves are really common but have no name, and some moves are just things we made up. You’re welcome ;P
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The Shim Sham is a classic! Find out how different it can be when some of Lindy Hop’s inventors add their own style to it. Al Minns and Leon James were two of the most famous lindy hoppers of their time, and in this course you’ll learn their interpretation of the Shim Sham. Their steps and combinations are a bit more challenging than the classic shim sham version that we modern lindy hoppers got from Frankie Manning, so the routine gives you a lot to dig into.

Aside from just being a fun routine, the combos are really great for putting into your dancing, whether you’re choreographing or improvising, and it gives you a window into how Al and Leon injected their own style and flair into the dance.

Join us and put a whole new spin on your Shim Sham!

What will I learn in this course?

Of course you’ll learn the routine itself, we’ll guide you step-by-step through all the moves and sequences you need to be able to dance Al & Leon’s Shim Sham with confidence. But you’ll get much more than just a routine out of this course! You’ll also train important concepts that will improve your dancing overall:

Basic rhythm, groove and postureSwinging rhythm; Ball-changes, Half-breaksClassic but challenging moves: Full-breaks, Eagle slides, etcCombining kick movements with other jazz elements

What should I know before I join this course?

This course is mixed-level solo dancing, from beginner-intermediate all the way up – anyone can benefit from this course, even advanced dancers. We will build up each movement “from scratch” with no assumptions about which moves you know, but we’ll dig deep so there will be a challenge for any level.

If you haven’t done any solo jazz before, you might feel more comfortable starting off with our Solo Jazz for Beginners course. On the other hand, if you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any prior experience.
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The Trickeration is an amazing jazz routine.  It has such strong and inspiring rhythms, such a great flow and groove, when you dance it you feel like you’re really swinging.  It also has some real challenging moments, it can be hard to get “just right”, so it’s a great routine to use for training.

The Trickeration is also rooted in the history of the dance; an old Harlem chorus line routine, shared with modern lindy hoppers by the late great Norma Miller and passed on by those who learned from her, carrying it forward lets us be a part of the lineage of swing dance and its culture.

Come join the other worldwide fans of the Trickeration – make your dancing more cool, more rhythmical, more swinging, more tricky!

What will I learn in this course?

Of course you’ll learn the routine itself, we’ll guide you step-by-step through all the moves and sequences you need to be able to dance the Trickeration with confidence. But you’ll get much more than just a routine out of this course! You’ll also train important concepts that will improve your dancing overall:

Basic rhythm, groove and postureSwinging rhythm; Ball-changes, Half-breaksChanging the groove to fit your movement“Air-time”; precise combos

What should I know before I join this course?

This course is mixed-level solo dancing, from beginner-intermediate all the way up – anyone can benefit from this course, even advanced dancers.  We will build up each movement “from scratch” with no assumptions about which moves you know, but the learning pace will be fairly quick and the techniques and sequences are not easy.

If you haven’t done much solo jazz before, you might feel more comfortable with our Al & Leon Shim Sham course first, or even Solo Jazz Basics (which also has a lot of not-so-basic challenges in it 😉 ).  On the other hand, if you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any prior experience.
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We’re now ready to dig deeper into classic Lindy Hop.  You’ll learn how to dance some of the most beloved classic moves, popularized by the legendary Frankie Manning.  You’ll also learn fundamentals of leading and following turns in swing dancing, and dig deeper into swing music and how you can draw inspiration from it for your dancing.

What will I learn in this course?

Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class.  Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

face-to-face: promenade; slingshot with turnopening up: sendout with redirection; follower’s and leader’s underarm turn, left-side passmusicality: dancing to swing melody and phrasing

What should I know before I join this course?

Swing 2 is a natural progression from Swing 1, where we continue developing things we started there.  If you’ve been taking beginner courses elsewhere, this might be a great place for you to start with us; just email us at [email protected]

Whether you’ll take this course alone or with a partner, we created a video to explain how you can get the best out of your online learning experience with us. You’ll find it in the Lesson Content section, under the main video of the first class.
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Lindy Hop evolved out of the Charleston; we will follow this natural evolution, and start with basic Charleston steps that are as easy as walking. We’ll take you step-by-step through 6 weeks of learning the basics of swing dancing, taking you from simple side-by-side Charleston movements into the swinging rhythms of Lindy Hop.

Already in the first course, you’ll learn what makes Lindy Hop so special. It manages to combine the structures of partner dancing – like dancing in closed position, or across from and criss-crossing past each other – combined with the freedom of self-expression and creativity that lets you make the dance your own and make your partner smile.

What will I learn in this course?

Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class.  Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

connection in social dancing: rhythmical, visual, physical, emotionalcharleston, side-by-side: basics; Skip ups; freezes & playcharleston, opening up: sendout, take-in; open position basic; follower’s and leader’s underarm turnlindy hop: side-by-side basics; half-turn; sendout, take-in; Passes and Strolls

What should I know before I join this course?

No experience needed!  Whether you’ve taken a few taster classes already, or have never danced before at all, this course is a great start.

Whether you’ll take this course alone or with a partner, we created a video to explain how you can get the best out of your online learning experience with us. You’ll find it in the Lesson Content section, under the main video of the first class.
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Stay in touch with the community

Join our community, either on Slack or on Facebook 🙂 This is our main way to communicate with you – to let you know what’s coming up on the live activities schedule and give you other updates, plus you can use it for much more…

  • Connect directly with other members and motivate each other
  • Exchange videos, images and other material about dancing
  • Share your ideas and learn from others in the community
  • Show your progress, exchange tips and fun facts
  • Ask questions or get feedback, from other members or from the SwingStep team

Want to know more before deciding, or need help with slack? We’ve prepared a helper video and some slack sign-up info over in our Join Our Community lesson.

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Have you ever found yourself deep in a fight with your dance partner over what was meant to be helpful feedback? Do you sometimes feel that critique seems to only go one way and you don’t know how to address the situation?

Because we don’t get the necessary training in how to handle conflicts constructively, many dance relationships get stuck or even break up before experiencing the great rewards of working together.

In this eBook you’ll learn

How to:

address a difficult topic without ending up in a fightlead confrontations towards a constructive outcomeprevent conflicts by setting up structuresreduce stress and frustration when practicing togetherbuild trust and notice when trust is missinguse these skills to find a training partner

Bonus for teachers

How to:

get faster progress in classbuild trust with your students and partnerhandle difficult cases

This eBook is written specifically for dancers. The concepts of Constructive Conflicts are kept to the point and with concrete step by step instructions on how to implement them into your dance life. It draws on proven concepts and techniques for conflict resolution and applies them directly to the dance setting.

„I’ve had the luck to meet Ali at the exact moment my relationship with Lindy Hop would take a turn from being an occasional hired teacher, to become a scene builder, team leader and school developer.Ali’s influence was, and still is, nothing but inspiring. The way he deals with people, but specially how he manages his own SwingStep team is a staple of impressive skills.As a team leader, I felt an amazing feeling of „being comprehended“ while reading this book. It was like mind reading. A lot of the issues I was having inside of our teaching team, are here clearly presented in a solvable manner. Being a social animal is not easy. Building a real team, even harder. But this book gave me a lot of tools that I can conscious use to identify, address and solve, in a peaceful manner, past and future conflicts.One of the most useful readings so far… Only wish it had been around for longer.“

David Afonso
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Want to improve your dancing? Wonder how great dancers hold their balance and why their footwork always looks so easy? We have the answer: learn and train solo!Dance your triple steps cleanly, whether fast or slow, traveling or turning; keep your own flow and rhythm reliably no matter which partner you dance with. Join Solo Skills & Drills: put in the solo work you need to make partner dancing easy!

What will I learn in this course?

Example themes include:

body isolations & body awareness/posturespins & turnsquality triple steps & other footwork variations

What should I know before joining?

This course is mixed-level, from intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, even advanced dancers. In order to progress well we expect you to have at least 6 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston and to know the Swing Out (for example you have taken our Swing 4 course). To have solo dance experience might be useful but is not needed.

If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us 🙂
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