With all the dancing you’re starting to do, it’s likely you’ve already thought of the concept of “Stretch.” Many of our Lindy Hop and Charleston moves require a stretching away from our partner to gain adequate momentum for the next move. In this lesson, learn how to correctly create and use Stretch as you explore it in this first-time approach. Many Intermediate dancers begin to develop poor habits within this important concept, so check yourself with a list of important do’s and don’t’s within some simple moves you already learned in Levels 1-3.
Moves In This Lesson:
– Stretch Exercises
– Rock-Step with Stretch
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!
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