Hot Swing How-Tos

How To: Do a basic Jitterbug step

In this how to video, Mary Pinizzotto, one of the great dance teachers in Southern California, teaches the basic steps to the Jitterbug. These steps are fun and easy to master. Watch this tutorial and you will be doing the Jitterbug in no time.

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: Dance the 20's Charleston

This how to video teaches you the 20's style of the Charleston. This is a fun variation of the basic Charleston that is often incorporated into the Lindy Hop. Follow the steps in this dance tutorial and you'll be doing the Charleston 20's style in no time.

How To: Dance a "Lindy Circle" 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 lindy circle. 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 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: Do beginner swing dance moves

This five part how to video teaches you the basic steps for swing dancing. These steps are the basis for other more advanced styles of swing dance such as the Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Watch this tutorial and you'll be swing dancing in no time.

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 Jitterbug dance steps

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. This how to video demonstrates a series of 6-count Jitterbug steps. 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 "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: 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: 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 the "Tuck Turns" swing dance moves

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 Charleston swing dance move

Watch this dance how to video and learn the basic charleston dance step. Don't miss part 2! 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: Do the "Push 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 swingout dance steps

This how to video teaches you the basics of swingouts in swing dancing. This dance move is often used when dancing the Lindy or the Charleston. Watch this tutorial and you will be dancing swingouts in no time.

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 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 the swing dance "Jig Kicks"

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 single step Jitterbug

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 demonstrate the single-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: Dance the West Coast Swing

In this video series, get an introduction to West Coast swing dancing from a renowned competitive dancer and instructor. Learn the basic swing steps and moves, including the sugar push, the left and right side pass, the locked and open whip, syncopation, and the ronde, with an added hip circle.

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 basic Lindy swing dance steps

This 6 part how to video series teaches you some basic Lindy swing dance steps. Learn outside and inside turns and other baisc moves for the Lindy Hop. These steps are fun and easy to do. Watch this how to video and you will be dancing the Lindy swing in no time.

How To: Dance the double outside Jitterbug turn

The Jitterbug is a popular swing dance, also known as the Lindy Hop and East Coast swing. This how to video demonstrates a double outside turn jitterbug step.. 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 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: 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: 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.

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