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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #82!

This fortnight’s variation is Heel Rock!

We think you’ll be rockin’ this variation in no time.

Just make sure you’ve got good strong heels on your shoes!

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Learn the Fundamentals of Lindy Hop

We love introducing newcomers to our favourite dance. If you’ve been meaning to have a go at partner dancing our Lindy Hop Fundamentals course is a great place to start!

The course will give you a solid foundation of basic lindy hop moves and techniques so that you’ll be ready to strut your stuff on the social dance floor! The course is ideal for people who’ve never danced before or those who’ve tried other styles of dance but are new to swing dancing.

We keep these classes small so that you will get to know a lovely group of other new dancers. This way you’ll have friends to dance with when you come along to a social dance or drop in class.  Appropriate for absolute beginners and anyone else who wants to re-visit their basics

–Course Details–

The Fundamentals Course is very popular so we run it throughout the year!

The next course will be 6th to 27th March
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
at Dance Studio Leeds
cost: £32 for the 4wk course

For a full list of course dates visit our courses page

Pre-booking and payment required in advance
to register email: swingdanceleeds@gmail.com

Have a look at this video for a taster of what you can expect on the course:

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #81!

This fortnight’s variation is Knock on the Door!

We hope you’ll enjoy this week’s energetic variation.

Great for practicing your fast footwork!

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #80!

This fortnight’s variation is Scoot on 1!

Here’s a lovely little accent on the one.

This is a good variation to test your balance

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #79!

This fortnight’s variation is Shave and a Haircut!

Have a little play with this oh so familiar rhythm

For an extra challenge try it as a call and response with your partner (and send us the video!)

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8 Ways to Improve Your Dancing Outside of Class

We try to make our classes fun and enjoyable but there’s more to Lindy Hop than just taking classes. Whether you’re in it for the fun and friends or you want train hard and really ramp up your skills here are some great ways to hone your dancing skills outside of class (in no particular order):

  1. Listen to swing music and learn more about it. A good place to start is Andy Lewis’s excellent DJ blog
  2. Social dance! Lindy Hop is a social dance so learning the moves in a classroom will only get you so far. In order to really work on your connection, reaction, improvisation, and musicality skills you’ve got to get out on the dance floor and dance a whole song or two (preferably way more!). Locally we recommend The Sunday Swing Set (and btw it’s FREE!) If you don’t have a well established social dance where you are see if you can get the room a bit longer after a class for a bit of practice time or try to find a local venue that would be willing to let you play some swing music on a typically quiet night. party
  3. Travel to events in other cities Even if your local teachers are international superstars it’s still good to get out and learn from other teachers. Because Lindy Hop has never been standardised, there are a wide variety of dancing styles and teaching styles out there and the dance is constantly evolving. So go out and experience a new perspective–see how other dancers and other teachers approach it. Dancing in a new place can also show you that you’re learning a truly international dance language that enables you to dance with other Lindy Hoppers all over the world!
  4. Watch other dancers Once you’ve got the basics down watching other dancers can be really inspiring, it can show you what’s possible and give you new ideas to try. When you go out to a social dance don’t forget to spend a little bit of time watching dancers that you like. Try to pick out what it is that you like about their dancing and try some of those things for yourself. There is also now a veritable smorgasbord of Lindy Hop videos available on the internet! You can see what Lindy Hop looked like “back in the day”. Bobby White’s blog is a great place to start. You can also catch hours and hours worth of performances, competitions and teachers demos from the past fifteen years or so. Here is an interesting blog post about some influential modern clips or just search for ILHC on Youtube and dive into the giant rabbit hole of related clips.tap
  5. Try other related dance styles At first the idea of learning yet another dance style might seem like it would make your head explode but once you get past that point it can be good to be a bit adventurous. Learning other swing era dances and/or dances that heavily influenced Lindy Hop can help you become a better dancer (they’re also lots of fun in their own right). Balboa can tighten up your footwork and help you explore new kinds of connection, Blues is great for working on control and improvisation, Charleston and vintage jazz are great for learning footwork variations, Tap can help develop your sense of rhythm and African dance can help you learn to loosen up and use your whole body.
  6. Strengthen your core. Core strength is super important for good connection and control so anything that strengthens those core muscles (yoga, pilates, pole dancing, aerial hoop, acrobalance, etc) will help your dancing as well.
  7. Build your endurance. Improving your technique and connection makes dancing faster much easier but even if you’re on top form dancing three songs in a row at 200 bpm is some serious cardio. Any activity that gets your heart rate up can help build your endurance–things like running, swimming, football and Zumba
  8. Invest in some decent dance shoes. This doesn’t have to be a costly effort but if you’re still wearing your Doc Martins to class getting a pair of  shoes specifically for dancing could make a big difference. Check out our recent blog about shoes for some good options to fit all budgets.

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Footwork Variation of the Fortnight #77!

This fortnight’s variation is Kick It! &3&4

Kick it! Kick it real good!

This one reminds me of the second half of a Shish-ka-boom-ba

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