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How To: Dance the lindy hop to a five beat swing

This how-to video provides a quick demonstration of some ways to use Lindy hop-like swing dance skills to dance to five-beat musical numbers, such as Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". Cat Foley, president of the Newcastle University Swing Dance Society helps demonstrate a few moves in a rather echoey room. Follow along with this swing dance tutorial and elarn how to dance the lindy hop to a five beat swing song.

How To: Do the "Big Apple" swing dance routine

Though several versions of the Big Apple dance exist, this is the widely-known version codified by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers based on the vernacular swing dance traced to the Big Apple Club in Columbia, South Carolina. This two part dance tutorial will teach you how to do the Lindy routine the Big Apple. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this swing dance how to video and you will be doing the Big Apple lindy routine in no time,

How To: Dance the "Lasso" lindy hop move

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This how to video demonstrates the "Lasso" lindy hop dance step. This step is fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Do Tuck Turn into Fishtails Jitterbug dance move

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. In this how to video, Mike and Tina of Head Over Heels demonstrates a jitterbug sequence involving a tuck turn and fishtails. These steps are quick and easy to learn. Watch this dance tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Do the Shim Sham dance

The Shim Sham or the Shim Sham Shammy is a line dance with many different variations in choreography. This version may be different from the one you may have already learned. This version is credited to Leonard Reed and Willy Bryant of the Apollo Theater. Learn how to do the Shim Sham dance steps with this video tutorial. Though this video was shot with music in the background from another room, the tunes normally accompanying this dance include Chick Webb or Benny Goodman's version of "Stomp...

How To: Do an outside turn with a spin break swing dance move

Swing dancing dates back to the 1920's, where the African American community, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop, while dancing to contemporary Jazz music. The term "Swing dancing" is used to refer to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues and extends to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

How To: Communicate with your partner in the Lindy hop

Sosh and Gina continue your Lindy Hop education. This clip will teach you how to communicate with your partner. The front to front, the sling shot, the scissor kick, the swing out, the big turn, are all dance moves distinct to the Lindy Hop. It was named for Charles Lindbergh and his Atlantic crossing in 1927. Black communities invented the moves, and the popularity spread throughout the world.

How to Dance a basic Jitterbug: Jig Kicks with a Cross-Over

Head Over Heels demonstrates a jig kicks sequence with a cross-over step. This Jig Kicks with a Cross-Over enables you to do the basic jitterbug. Do one full basic and then get your footwork on the same as your partner (her rock step). Follow along with all the instructions as the dancers guide you through the steps. Swing dancing is fun to do, and great exercise.

How To: Dance the Balboa swing dance

Balboa is a form of swing dance is danced in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The Balboa is the subtle communication between the leader and follower and because of that the Balboa is considered more of a "dancer's dance" than a "spectator's dance".

How To: Do a swingout from closed position in swing dance

Swing dancing dates back to the 1920's, where the African American community, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop, while dancing to contemporary Jazz music. The term "Swing dancing" is used to refer to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues and extends to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

How To: Do a "Swivel Break" swing dance move

Swing dancing dates back to the 1920's, where the African American community, discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop, while dancing to contemporary Jazz music. The term "Swing dancing" is used to refer to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues and extends to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later.

How To: Dance a Stagger Lee lindy hop routine

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This 9 part how to video demonstrates the team routine choreography for Stagger Lee. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Dance the Lindy Hop swingout

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This how to video demonstrates the lindy swingout. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Do beginning Lindy Hop swing dance moves

This how to video teaches you the beginning steps of the most popular, basic swing dance, the Lindy Hop. Learn how to do the 6 count basic step, a send out, the basic step in open position, a tuck turn, send in and an inside turn, as well as many other moves, with this dance tutorial. Follow the steps in this lesson and you'll be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Dance basic Lindy Hop moves

This dance tutorial teaches you the basic dance steps for the Lindy. Learn how to do the Texas Tommy, Shim Sham, Full Break, Outside turn and many other moves with this dance lesson. Watch this how to video and you'll be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Swing dance like your grandma used to

This 4 part dance tutorial teaches you how to do swing dance moves that your grandma used to do. Instructors are Nina Gilkenson and Bobby White shows you the S turn, the Charleston, and double kicks. The swing dance moves are as comforting as warm turkey the day after Thanksgiving. Just like Grandma used to make.

How To: Dance basic Lindy Hop steps

This is a six part how to video on the basic steps of the Lindy Hop. Learn how to do the variations on he basic swingouts with inside and outside turns. Also learn the steps of the shim sham. These steps are fun and easy to do. Watch this dance tutorial series and learn how to do the Lindy Hop swing dance.

How To: Dance a J-Hook lindy hop move

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This how to video demonstrates demonstrates the J-hook lindy hop step. This step is fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Dance the Texas Tommy lindy hop step

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This how to video demonstrates demonstrates the Texas Tommy lindy hop dance step. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Do the lindy hop swing dance to ska music

A clod-hopping presenter demonstrates in this how-to video that Lindy hop skills can be used to dance to ska music. The trick, as explained in the video, is to master the art of putting the emphasis on the UP and not the DOWN. Watch this video dance tutorial and learn how to dance the lindy hop swing dance to ska music.

How To: Do introductory swing dance moves

This 5 part how to video is an introduction to swing dance. Learn how do the basic step in open and closed position, the inside turn, a traveling basic step and the tuck turn as well as many other dance steps in this tutorial. Watch this lesson and you'll be swing dancing in no time.

How To: Dance the "California" lindy hop routine

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This 4 part how to video demonstrates of the California lindy routine. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Dance a "swingout" variation lindy hop move

The Lindy Hop is a fusion of many swing dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. This how to video demonstrates a lindy swingout variation. These steps are fun and easy to do. Follow the steps in this tutorial and you will be dancing the Lindy Hop in no time.

How To: Dance the open-position Jitterbug

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. This how to video demonstrates the open position Jitterbug. These steps are quick and easy to learn. Watch this dance tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Dance the Triple-Step Jitterbug

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. This how to video demonstrates the triple-step Jitterbug. This step is quick and easy to learn. Watch this dance tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Do the Cuddle-Up Jitterbug dance step

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. This how to video demonstrates the cuddle-up jitterbug dance step. This step is quick and easy to learn. Watch this dance tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Do a Charleston dance variation Savoy Kicks

Watch this dance how to video and learn the Charleston Variation: Savoy Kicks. The Charleston is a dance named after Charleston, South Carolina. The dance became popular in the USA after the swing jazz 1923 song "The Charleston" by composer/pianist James P. Johnson came out. The Charleston soon became one of the most popular hits of the time period.

How To: Connect with your partner in the Lindy hop

Learn this exciting swing dance from the 30s. Sosh and Gina will start at the very beginning, no experience necessary. Learn how to dance from our instructional dance video clips (it's like a virtual dance lesson). Each? week we will post a new video clip here on our video podcast. If you're interested in more check out our site www.iDance.net.

How To: Do a JIVE FLIP-the Backafll

The Backfall is heaps of fun. It is separated into two parts so when learning try to break those 2 sections up. In the second section it is always fun to get a little height, however know your boundaries and be safe. Use a mattress if necessary!