Swing Dancing - Intro to Lindy Hop

Paul Riding, Dancer and Twitch Broadcaster

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13 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:04
    • 2. Dance Demo

      1:52
    • 3. The Steps

      3:28
    • 4. The Patterns

      2:56
    • 5. Connection

      3:13
    • 6. The Cutoff

      4:17
    • 7. The Promenade

      2:33
    • 8. The Lindy Circle

      2:01
    • 9. The Swingout

      2:35
    • 10. Swingout From Open

      1:58
    • 11. Putting It Together

      1:28
    • 12. Class Demo

      1:45
    • 13. Class Project

      3:56

About This Class


Welcome
This is a dance class designed for all levels, including beginners and "those with two left feet."  It is an introduction to lindy hop, one of the original swing dances.  Paul and Laura teach lindy hop in Southern California and are very excited to bring classes to a global platform.  Paul also live streams a lot of his social dancing and competitions on twitch.  You are welcome to stop by there, say hi, get a feel for the dance, and ask questions.

History
Lindy hop is a partnered dance that came about in the late 20s in Harlem, New York.  It was danced to jazz and big band music predominantly by black dancers in clubs like the Savoy and Alhambra Ballrooms.  By the 1940s, swing music and dancing took the world by storm.  Today it is danced all over the world and continues to bring joy to dancers of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds.  We suggest learning more about lindy hop, the classic dancers that helped create and define this dance, and more.  This site and the Lindy Hop Wikipedia pages are great places to start.  

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