Sometimes we’ve spent so much time thinking about our feet and our partner, we forget that we have a whole other half of our body that is meant to be dancing as well. As you work in Level 4 to improve your technique, a hugely important part of your training will be learning how to properly use your “Arms” while dancing. Arms are vital to leading and following any move, supporting the rhythm and pulse of the dance, and supplying the proper momentum. The arms in this style of dance also capture the style and essence of the music. In this Lesson, we’ll focus on the arms for the Front-to-Back, and then the Swing-Out, as the first step to refining your Swing-Out technique. We will also break down the concept of Pulse even further, and show how the combination of Arms and Pulse lead to efficient and easy technical dancing.
Moves In This Lesson:
– Front-to-Back solo
– Swing-Out solo for Followers
– Swing-Out solo for Leaders
– 6-count Lindy Underarm Pass
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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