Hot Swing How-Tos

How To: Dance the Jitterbug Stroll

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. In this four part how to video, Mike and Tina of Head Over Heels demonstrate the Jitterbug stroll. There are four steps to the Jitterbug stroll, the Pada Pada, the Knee Slap, the Suzie Q, and the Tick Tock. Watch this dance tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

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: 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: Do the "Pretzel" 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 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 the "Basket Whip" 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: 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!

How To: Do swing dance aerial jumps

Want to learn how to do all those cool swing dance flips and jumps? This three part dance tutorial teaches you how to do swing dance style aerials. Learn how to do the Frog Jump, the Knickerbocker, the Pancake and the Hat Trick. Aerials should not be done on a social dance floor and only with partner consent. Be careful when doing these moves.

How To: Do a basic Jitterbug dance routine

In this how to video, Gary and Bonnie present an overview of some basic Jitterbug patterns. Learn how to do the cuddle back, the helicopter, the handshake and many other Jitterbug steps with this dance tutorial. Follow the steps in this lesson and you will be dancing the Jitterbug in no time.

How To: Perform the Standstill Backflip Swing Lift

Lifts and throws are great fun and look amazing! The standstill backflip swing lift looks fabulous with just about any style of dance. The clip below will walk you through the standstill back flip lift step by step, so that you can add a new masterpiece to your dancing!

How To: Do swing dance moves

If you're looking for a dance that is very energetic and fast, then look no further than swing dance. They can be very fast and goes along with the music and is pretty easy to learn. If you're interested in learning the basics, this tutorial is perfect for you. You'll be taught by professional Nina Ortega as she takes you through the steps when it comes to swing dance. So good luck, practice, and enjoy!

How To: Dance modern jive

Here's a weekly on-line Modern Jive dance lesson from Dance Yourself Dizzy. This is a two part step by step from the man's perspective showing the steps in lead during basic modern jive dancing. Jive is a style of swing.

How To: Swing dance (for beginners)

Learn the basics of the big-band era, and get ready for a jazzy night on the town! You will need a dance partner, a sense of humor and endurance. Swing dancing tip: Open position means standing and facing your partner, maintaining some space between the two of you, and holding one or both hands. Did you know? The swing dance known as the Lindy Hop derived its name from Charles Lindbergh's famed solo flight (or "hop") across the Atlantic.

How To: Do swing dance moves for beginners

This tutorial teaches you how to do basic swing dance moves for beginners. These moves are the building blocks for more advanced swing dance routines. Learn how to do a basic step in closed position, a tuck turn, send-ins and send-outs as well as many other moves with this how to video. Watch this how to video and you will be swing dancing in no time.

How To: Do beginner Lindy Hop dance moves

Check out this how to video that teaches the basic steps of the Lindy Hop swing dance. Learn how to do outside turns, walkthroughs, the Lindy circle and much more with this six part tutorial. Watch these videos and you will be doing the Lindy in no time.

How To: Dance a pull pass lindy hop dance 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 the pull pass 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: Perform the Pop Around the Back Swing Lift

Lifts and throws look amazing and are great fun! Especially the pop around the back lift, which looks fabulous with any style of dance, not just swing dance. The clip below will walk you through the pop around the back lift, step by step, so you can add a new masterpiece to your dancing!

How To: Perform the Crocodile Roll Swing Lift

Lifts and throws are great fun and look amazing! And this crocodile roll lift looks fabulous with any style of dance, not just swing. The clip below will walk you through the entire crocodile roll lift, step by step, so that you can add a new masterpiece to your dancing!

How To: Easily do Jitterbug dance steps

Jitterbug dance steps are quite easy because they're always on the beat of the music. Practice the jitterbug dance steps with guidance from a professional dance instructor and performer in this free video on dance steps.

How To: Dance the triple-step for Swing

When learning any new dance, it's important to take your time and constantly practice any new steps you learn in order to embed it into your very mind. As dance intructors always say, practice makes perfect. So when watching this tutorial, remember those words as you are attempting to dance the triple-step for swing. It usually consists of a side step, then a together step, followed by a side step again. It seems pretty easy to do, but you never know. So good luck, pay attention, and enjoy!

How To: Easily swing dance at home

Swing dance is an energetic and fast paced dance that's sure to get your blood flowing. When doing it, the leader will always start to the left. It's something that many can follow, but requires practice. So check out this tutorial from professional instructor Nina Ortega and see if you have what it takes to swing. Enjoy!

How To: Do a backflip in swing or Lindy hop

Need some help with your swing dancing skills? Can't quite impress the crowd with your moves? Well, check out this quick video tutorial to learn how to do a backflip in swing or Lindy hop. This will also show you how to lead into the backflip from the jitterbug basic.

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 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.

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