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Today, Im Going To Talk About The Big
one yes the Lindy turn or as a lot of people are calling it these days the swing out. Although I would say that the Lindy turn on the swing out to actually slightly different things, but doesn’t matter it’s just terminology and what matters is the dance so what is it about the Lindy turn or swing out which is so important to Lindy Hop well. It’s the nearest thing that Lindy Hop has to a basic step, which is about a little strange in that it’s also a strong contender for the most difficult step that Lindy Hop has yes it’s a bit of a hurdle for beginners too to get over right at the start because the basic move is so terribly difficult, and that’s one of the things I want to get clear to you as I’m talking. to you now the move I’m about to show you is actually quite difficult. We may make it look easy but as we’ve been doing it for quite a while now.
I Say This As A Warning That You
know careful this is a bit tricky, but actually more to reassure because if at the end of this video you feel you haven’t quite got this move and maybe you’ve even been to some lessons and you feel that you haven’t quite got this move that’s not because you’re a bad dancer that’s because you’re normal pretty much nobody If I’ve never known and I’ve been a Lindy Hop teacher for quite some well. I’ve never known anyone just get this move straightaway even very talented dancers take months really to crack it and if I were to go to the top camp summer in the world and take lessons. From the absolute top teachers of the world, they may still even in the super advanced class that of course I would be taking there then they would perhaps still do a lesson on this move on the fine points of it. So it’s one of those moves that you never completely master, but that’s one of the things which makes it good. So I’m going to go through this move with my astonishingly able assistant here Laura Houghteling of the Jazz Factory studio here in Helsinki and We’ll see how we get on so the first thing is a rock step normally there are exceptions but we’re gonna start with this standard so I extend my left hand.
She Takes With Her Right.
I have a sort of horizontal hook, and she has a vertical hook. Neither of us is holding on with their thumbs holding all the thumbs. Quite unnecessary and bad Don’t do it. Another thing is that I’m actually not using all my fingers right now I’m just using the top three I would say probably most of the work is done by the first joint of my longest middle finger here.
It Depends On How Big My
hands are and how big her hands are and just my personal preferences. So I’m using three fingers at this point so my arm is fairly relaxed and our connection is about halfway between us somewhere at around Bellybutton height. So the center of gravity height is quite good. So now we go into our Rock step and we sink into it Rock step now. This may surprise you but entire lessons that last over an hour get taught on the rock step.
Its Something That Beginners Never Get
completely right but don’t worry as long as you. Do some reasonable approximation of this you’re fine you do have more to do than the foot work, though you’ve got to establish this connection here so I’m not just holding her hand loosely. I’m I’m creating tension here she and I are both sinking into our postures and this creates a bit of tension here already she knows that I want her to come forward now there are people who do actually lead forward during the rock step they go one two. You see that she came forwards there. I’m not saying that’s wrong that’s not what I teach I would say though that an important thing for the follow to bear in mind is not to walk forwards on the one two unless very definitely lead forwards.
Its Much Better If Youre Uncertain
to keep everyone’s options open and then counterbalance back so normally one two and we. Haven’t gone anywhere yet but we’ve got this okay Are you ready we’re coming forwards and we’re facing each other, but my body my torso is inclined slightly to the right. My chest is pointing somewhere into that corner of the room and Laura as well is slightly turned to her left, so her chest is pointing somewhere in that direction Okay so we’re already one-quarter the way through the move. So how did that work on the recipe. The next bit is quite tricky, so she is going to reach her left hand for my right shoulder.
Okay And One Great Thing About That
is that it means that I will find it easy to reach under that arm to take her by the left shoulder blade on her back. If she doesn’t reach for my shoulder. It can be quite difficult threading through and I have to around. outside and the oh that’s awkward so another good thing that about her reaching for this shoulder is it causes her to turn. You see she turned and turned her back to you.
Ill Come Over Here So You Get
a different angle on it and she reaches for the shoulder. I withdraw that shoulder so as she’s reaching for a thing which is moving away from her. It causes her to turn and if I were to keep going round and round she’s constantly waiting trying to get this this shoulder here, but I’m retreating it. It causes the both of us to turn round and round, which is good. Also I bring my right hand onto her left shoulder blade and from here.
Even If She Hasnt Made Contact Here.
I can pull her round with me so again. This is something that causes us to turn this. connection with my right hand on her left shoulder blade. There is another force that is bringing us round, but this is a very very gentle force.
This Connection Here Does Not Collapse.
So I don’t push her round. I don’t I don’t push her round like that like this instead that’s that’s awkward and quite unnecessary when you get good at this it’s so gently in fact that you might not even be aware of it. I don’t push around but I just keep a bit of frame here just keep a little bit of it for my left hand, and she and her left arm and she and her right arm and that’s another force that causes us to turn round facing each other. There is another reason to turn and that is safety.
You see my partner or going well trusts me she nodded she. I said all going well, My partner trusts me so I here. I’m establishing a tension along this line, so she thinks Oh He wants me to go forward presumably along that line. So naturally.
Im Safe To Do So.
He’s not gonna stay where he is because that we mad I would crash into him so I have to get out of the flippin way so how do I do this as I reach for her shoulder. I turn to my right and we miss each other. But in fact the distance between us is very small if in terror of crashing into me and not trusting me decides to take a rather wide path around and I with similar fears try to take a wide path the other way it doesn’t look good talk at all. It’s quite awkward.
We End Up Moving Round.
I have to really. reach and both of us have so much more floor to cover our postures have gone the connections not as good and if we’re trying to do something fancy and fast with spins and so forth in it as well. It’s not going to happen, so it’s easy to turn quickly, particularly if you’re close to someone so imagine my hand here and this hand here are going to come straight at each other in a line like that straight at each other, but they turn they turn to miss each other. So I don’t clap because my hands rotate I don’t go like that so I don’t go round my partner like that instead we rotate we like those hands and by rotating we miss each other okay so that’s the three and four and the standard footwork is a triple step which takes us onto the other foot.
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So I Will End Up On
my left she on her right so I go three two triple step now something that beginners do now is they look down and go something is completely wrong because we’re doing the same footwork and yet our feet are not in the same position which of us has gone wrong and they they start altering their feet to match the other okay it’s okay you see we started on mirrored feet. So I was on my right foot. She was on her left foot, but we’re turning the same way, which means that we actually will end up quite naturally in this asymmetrical arrangement. So everything’s fine. She all going well has her weight on her right foot and I can help her get her weight on her right foot with my right hand, which is on her back so if she went hurtling that way a little bit too far.
I Can Catch A Who Okay There She
is everything’s fine she’s on her her right foot. I I’ve got my weight mainly on my left and I’m fairly symmetrical sinking down here. There’s quite a lot of space between us. My right arm isn’t dead straight, but it’s not far off. There’s just a little bit of curve in it and that defines the space between us.
You See Theres Quite A Lot Of Space,
which is handy for a thousand things I might for instance want to turn her in that space because that’s the next thing. I’m thinking of doing so lots of. space is good now she was going if you remember that way So there’s a certain amount of residual momentum in that direction, which is great because then as I sink and I use the curve of my arm to create this stretch and we get this lovely stretch moment which is great. You can use that stretch because what comes after stretch a twang okay so then the twang is I send her over there one thing that some follows do when that when they’re told to to counterbalance into his arm is they kill the momentum dead they go ahead tsums yeah okay.
They They They Stop Themselves And If
she stops herself completely. I’ve actually got no there’s nothing here she stopped herself no let me stop you so now she’s sinking into my hand, but she can still go wrong because she can think our my job. She can feel is is to give him loads and loads and loads of resistance there because resistance is good right and now I have to go flippin hell I have to bodily heave her over there, which is not really what I was after at all.
The Lindy turn or swing out is the closest thing that Lindy Hop has to a basic step . It’s also a strong contender for the most difficult step that the dance has . The move I’m about to show you is actually quite difficult. We may make it look easy but as we’ve been doing it for quite a while now.& I’ve never known anyone just get this move straightaway even very talented dancers take months really to crack it and if I were to go to the top camp summer in the world and take lessons. The move is one of those moves that you never completely master, but that’s one of the things which makes it good. So I’m going to go through this move with my astonishingly able assistant Laura Houghteling of the Jazz Factory studio here in Helsinki and We’re going to show it to you now, Laura Hougheling . We’ll be doing it with her astonishingly . We’ll go through it with our astonishingly…. Click here to read more and watch the full video