Breakaway with Boogies
As the urban legend goes, two dancers lost connection while dancer, but quickly covered it up by feigning intentionality. Now it’s a classic. There are no mistakes, just new moves.
This might possibly be the move that Andy Reid is best known for. Never a social dance goes by that Andy doesn’t execute a superb and musically inspired Flea Hop. One part rhythmic, two parts bouncy, all parts awesome.
Ever since childhood we’ve wanted to jump like frogs. If you don’t feel a little ridiculous at times, you’re probably not doing Lindy Hop correctly. Get over yourself, find a partner and channel your inner amphibious creature to reach new heights and make all your friends green with envy.
It’s time to get down and dirty. We don’t care where your shoes have been. Dig in, feel the music and let the DJ know how much you’re diggin’ the song they are playing.
Who’s Johnnie? We can’t answer that, but we can teach you how he rocked. We learned this early on in our lindy lives and have enjoyed it ever since. I’m sure someone knows the history of it, and perhaps we should, but we don’t. So please send us an email and educate us. We’re so busy dancing we don’t always read up on our history (hanging heads in shame).
Laura & Jeremy
Shout out to Laura Keat & Jeremy Oth for taking this classic move to the next level. So much so, we can’t teach this variation without giving them credit. It’s not how cheesy the move is, it’s how well you sell it. Any move can be cool… if you dare to own it.
Lindy Circle with a Slip Out
All though it’s semi-independent flash, no one can deny that everyone can look good in this move. Leaders get low and sharp with their lines while follows get to enjoy a sweep or even high kick of fluid movement. It’s critical to know this for the classic lindy hopper’s dance anthem….the California Routine.
Lindy Shock Lift
This move get’s its name from the logo of the annual event in Budapest, Hungary called Lindy Shock. The move is definitely older, but we love the event and we love this simple, but flashy lift.
It’s simple yet flashy. The side lunge is a staple figure that any level of dancer can use to express the music and impress their parents. “Hey mom, check out this cool move I learned on iLindy!”
Fun Level 1 moves that show off your swing talent without demanding too much technical skill.
Simple flash can be the best flash. Your only risk is perhaps upsetting the “purest” of Lindy Hoppers who might say, “Hey, that’s a west coast swing move!” To which you can reply, “But we’re having fun….go away!.” or if you care to get more particular you might say, “But what dance did west coast swing evolve from?” The answer is Lindy Hop. Also, sharing is caring.
Crazy Legs Lift
The name says it all, but remember it’s the good kind of crazy. However, don’t be the bad crazy and just try this with any partner. Limit this move to people you know, trust and have practiced with previously. So get crazy, but not too crazy…
Leader’s 5 Spin
The basic mechanics of this move are straight forward, but the styling and turning technique can constantly be varied and improved. Once you are solid with a single turn, try two, then three…etc.
Leader’s Pass By Spin
Seemingly simply, but the internal dynamics are key to making this spin feel good. Follows need to make sure they don’t pull the leader off balance. Ideally leaders will be centered and ready to spin for as long as the musical phrase suggests.
Leader’s Send Out V-Slide
Slides need the right conditions. One must have a cooperative floor, a supportive partner and we recommend high-quality slippery shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing a beautiful pair of Saint Savoy Shoes equipped with hard leather soles that allow him to slip slide the night away.
Slide Through the Legs
This “floorial” captures the magical essence of Lindy Hop. It’s 3 parts fun, 2 parts dynamic and one part silly. We dare you to try not smiling while you do it.
(Double Hand) Slide Through the Legs
Hold on for some sliding fun. It’s a tad risky, but worth the effort when the conditions are right. Check the weather, check the floor and especially check with your partner. Not everyone likes to slide across a dirty, wet and sticky bar floor so maybe leave it for high-quality dance floors and known partners.
Like the Swing Out, this is one of those fundamental moves that can easily be learned over and over again. The tension and compression dynamics can always be improved & refined.
Sugar Push Chest Lead
Is this a west coast swing move? Perhaps it’s originally a Lindy Hop move? Maybe the dances are related? Most likely it doesn’t matter. Find a partner and have fun.
Arguably, this move feels better than it looks. When done with the correct partner connection, it can feel magical. So focus on the feeling more than the visuals. Social dance lindy hoppers learning quickly that feeling good and taking care of your partner has more merits than visual flash. We invite you to discover the internal magic of the Redirect.
With a great move comes the responsibility to have great shoes. Kevin happens to be wearing hard leather soled shoes with a built up heel provided by Saint Savoy. The floor also needs to be sufficiently slippery and ones partner needs to be supportive. Once everything is in place, slide your heels away.
Como dice la leyenda urbana, dos bailarines perdieron la conexión mientras bailaban, pero rápidamente lo disimularon fingiendo intencionalidad. Ahora es un clásico. No hay errores, sólo nuevos pasos.