“Is it okay to dance with a stranger?” “What about an instructor?” “How do I avoid bumping other people on the dance floor?” “I saw someone doing a flip right next to another set of dancers. Is that okay?” Get answers to these questions and more, in this important Lesson on Dance Etiquette. Also learn the norms, traditions, and other useful tips as you begin to Social Dance more. This lesson is a great first step in your Level 4, Social Dancer, education.
Shauna doesn’t normally talk, or teach, like this video. This was done as a side project to introduce our own new dancers to the subject matter.
The use of pronouns “he” and “she” across Lindy Ladder are used in a context of lead and follow, respectively, and not an inference of human gender. Lindy Ladder is a proud supporter of LGBQT rights, and most of our dancers learn both roles in the dance. Remove gender bias from the interpretation, and simply focus on the role you play in the vocabulary. Enjoy dancing!
The Lindy Hop is taught in many ways, because it’s what is commonly referred to as a “street dance.” When it was created, there was no curriculum, or set way of doing anything really. Frankie Manning himself once commented “what’s a triple step?” after being asked about the “basic step.” Lindy Hop has been around in this generation longer than it was after its initial inception and subsequent obscurity. This dance now grows, learns from itself, changes itself. As instructors we always want to stay true to its roots, dancers will find that there are many ways instructors go about teaching how to do this historical dance. Here is one that has worked for many thousands of dancers, and we recommend as a student that you learn from as many others as you can to get the full “street dance” influence, and join the conversation!
Taught by Award Winning Instructor – Shauna Marble
Lindy Hopping since 1995, for many years with Frankie Manning himself!
Lindy Ladder – Free Online Lindy Hop Lessons and Curriculum