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Dancing To Today’s Music – Lindy Hop

Do you find yourself uncomfortable at dance clubs, weddings, and other venues where dancing is expected of you? Does the idea of having sex with your clothes on seem a bit awkward? Not to worry! There are other ways to dance – and I mean actual dancing! And I promise, you’ll look cool! I am going to teach you how to “lindy bomb” any dance venue.

lindy bomb (verb) – spontaneously crashing a dance floor via lindy hop.

What is Lindy Hop, you may ask? Lindy Hop is a type of swing dance. Swing Dance is a style of dance that developed concurrently with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, ’30s ’40s and ’50s.

There are many types of swing dances including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Hand Dancing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, Charleston, Shag, Balboa, and of course, Lindy Hop.

Lindy Hop is basically a more complicated version of basic 6-count swing. It evolved in the late 1920s and early 1930s out of Partnered Charleston. It is characterized by an 8-count circular basic or “swing out”.

Before I learned Lindy Hop, I started out taking a class on East Coast Swing. It is very simple.

Basic East Coast Swing:

Once you have East Coast Swing down, learning Lindy Hop will be a breeze!

Lindy Hop:

(Basic Step: Rock step, triple step, step, step, triple step).

MUSIC:

You can actually Lindy Hop to many pop and hip hop songs played in clubs today. Lindy Hop has the ability to easily adapt to any conceivable type of music. I’ve formed a short list of today’s hits that you can Lindy Hop to, but the sky is the limit! Any song with an 8-count beat can work.

Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner
Shake It – Metro Station
Candyman – Christina Aguilera
Animal – Neon Trees
Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
S.O.S. – Rihanna
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Dynamite – Tiao Cruz
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Here is Pump It! by the Black Eyed Peas. This group incorporated Lindy Hop into their choreography.

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