Posts Tagged:Technique

S01E18 The dance qualities we should aim for

There’s 3 qualities Lindy Hop or other couple swing dancers I believe should aim for while practicing. Rhythm – being on time with the music. It’s not being off-beat, it’s controlling your every step and every movement so it has rhythm. Rhythm in general is timing. It’s when things happen. Comfort – being comfortable to…

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S01E16 When To Twist And When To Swivel?

It just sounds better, but the subject should be “when to twist and when to rock step”. This post is about followers. How soon twists/swivels (from here twists) should be introduced? First of all, I believe twists is not a styling but rather a basic step. Twists can be substituted to rock step in some…

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S01E15 A Shortcut for your students

Why does a cheetah have a tail? For balance. Why do human beings have arms? For using a smartphone. But it helps to keep balance when dancing. Ask your students to keep hands up for the whole class when they are dancing and see the change. Notice how dancing becomes easier. Notice how much more control…

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S01E14 Musicality: part 2

The first step to making your students dance to the music is talking about it and teaching how to dance to the music all the time. It should come along technique and be taught in most classes, not just a few. When teaching a move you should add some variations that students could use. But…

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S01E13 Musicality: part 1

Your students will mostly dance what they have practiced in your classes. You are the one responsible for what they are practicing and what their focus is. I felt that my students could do better in dancing to music and I would talk about it a lot. However, musicality was the topic I would teach…

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S01E09 Trick your students to practice

Sometimes I and students would see a different goal of a class. I will make them practice one thing and they would think about something else. I need students to practice a Swing Out a lot. But just practicing is boring even if I give them tips and techniques to work on. Spending more then 1 class on swing…

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S01E08 How saying “relax” doesn’t help

How often do you tell your students to relax? How often they actually relax? I stopped telling students to relax, because it doesn’t help. They don’t understand what to do. You can’t just relax. Relaxation comes when you do something extra. Move I tell them to move their bodies. Lindy Hop is a dance, and…

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S01E06 Your students don’t care about technique

Your students don’t care about technique as much as you do. Or should they? Should they care about posture, stretching, contracting, body leading, matching and other fancy words? I don’t think so. Does that mean they don’t need it at all? No. Your students need as much (or little) of technique to make it work. If…

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S01E05 The Reason Leaders Stop Coming To Classes

We do the Lindy Hop because it’s fun. When it stops being fun, we stop doing it. Why leaders do the Lindy Hop? The same reason – it’s fun. It’s fun to move to swing music and dance with another human being. It’s fun to initiate, to react, try new things, see if it’s working…

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S01E04 Teach a Swing Out Last

In my previous post you’ve read (you can still read it) what to teach in the first class of the Lindy Hop. What should you teach next after you do some 8 count basic? A Swing Out? No. Hold on. I know Swing Out is Lindy Hop and every lindy hopper should know how to swing out.…

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