How to lindy hop swing dance

Lindy Hop Tips & Tricks for Beginners – The Vintage Woman


The Mood Sisters


Lindy Hop Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Lindy Hop is probably one of the most revolutionary and liberating dances of all time! That is why we find it so important to not only dance Lindy Hop, but to know the historical background of this special dance that changed so many lives for the better – and still does!

Whether it’s the German swing kids that danced Lindy Hop against Hitler’s will, the Swedish youth that tried to imitate the American swing moves (not caring about how hideous they looked), the well known Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers performing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem – it brought a new, better feeling of life in a time where political economic issues made people suffer.  Dancing to the hottest new tunes of swing bands and orchestras gave people hope and happiness, and made them forget about their problems.  

Even for us, 80 years later, a life without Lindy Hop would not be possible anymore! But four years ago, that was not the case at all. So how did we get started with Lindy Hop?

About The Mood Sisters

We actually began learning about swing dancing and swing music in the summer of 2016. There was a swing dance project for youngsters at our local youth club, and one day Ayana stumbled across a flyer promoting a first get together with everyone that was interested. One of the dance teachers would be none other than amazing swing DJ, Stephan Wuthe! Ayana was super thrilled about the project, and it would not take long until I, Emilia, joined the group too. Aside from learning the basic steps of swing dancing, we also got a lot of information about the swing kids in Nazi Germany. 

It only took a few weeks until we got the so-called “swing fever” and could not stop dancing. Whether we were at school or on the street we would always swing and twirl around, whistling “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. ” Then we also began dressing in vintage and getting more into the whole lifestyle of the 1940s, turning up at swing dance events whenever we did not have to study for school. In 2019 we finally founded our dancing duo: “The Mood Sisters, ” and organized our own swing dance event for the first time. 

We also have a lot of fun teaching our passion, hoping to get more people our age into what was once the hottest dance of the youth, and nowadays seems forgotten among this target group. So today we want to give you some of our personal best tips and tricks to start dancing Lindy Hop, as well as some things to avoid. But please keep in mind that we are not professional dancers, by any means, just two girls who are absolutely in love with Lindy Hop. 

Let’s Dance

We hope you liked the video! Here are our final tips:

  • Try to turn up at swing dance events whenever you can (learning by doing).
  • If you get off beat or don’t know what to do next, just keep bouncing and your body will find it’s own way of creating new moves!

Swing Heil!

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Lindy Hop is by far the best dance style. To be here, you are probably like us and you are really passionate about Lindy. You are probably taking classes and going to workshops, local and international. Lindy hop is addictive and a big part of your life. When you find it you can’t live without it anymore. This is why you also love to spend hours to look for lindy videos on youtube. And if you are like us, you are always trying to find interesting new moves to practice.

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Youtube is full of clips, thousands of lindy hop clips. Do you have the time to scan all of them? We realized that a lot of time is wasted to search for the right clip to watch, the right move to practice. And while it’s fun to look at any clip about lindy hop, sometimes all you want is to have one specific clip, one specific move you can study, practice and learn, to be able to use it on the social floor, impress your partner and your friends and why not, share the new move with your community.

Wouldn’t be nice to find immediately the right clip to practice? Wouldn’t be perfect to have one cool move to learn every time you want? A move that is specifically designed for you, at your level, that challenge you not too much but enough to learn something new and to shine.

If you have a partner and you want to practice regularly after classes (or if you can’t attend classes because too busy or cause there are no classes where you live) wouldn’t be nice to have a place to go where moves have been pre-selected already and all you have to do it’s just dance, and not worry about finding the right video?

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Jazz Routines is for all of you crazy about social dance but still shy when the crowd goes wild with the Big Apple ” if you still don’t know the steps and you have to take a break and watch it from the sidelines, it’s time for you to join the family and learn the Shim Sham, the Big Apple, Tranky Doo, the California Routine and all the other jazz routines.

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FULL JAZZ # 31-32-2006 Swing as a way of life

Swing as a way of life
(no, it's not what you think...)

People and things living in the past can be described by various definitions. And most of these words are derogatory. Judge for yourself: anachronistic, archaic, Old Testament, antediluvian, old-fashioned, obsolete. But relatively recently, this synonymous series has replenished two elegant antonyms: "retro" and "vintage".
The fashion for clothes from a grandmother's chest arose in the 70s of the twentieth century and is still going on. The very word "vintage" refers to the past as a legacy, and to an old thing as a time-tested jewelry. After all, literally "vintage" is an expensive aged wine. Word "retro" is no longer associated with a one-root retrograde. "Retro" is style, and style is a positive category.
There is such a phenomenon - "historical reenactors": they try to recreate a particular historical epoch. They play ancient Slavs medieval knights, Turgenev girls or Don Cossacks. In fact "retro" - the same historical reconstruction as interest in the past the twentieth century (or its individual decades), despite the fact that for many of us, he has not yet managed to become history.
Of course, the reconstruction of an era does not consist only in the acquisition or making the right costume is just the tip of the iceberg. A real reenactor wants to understand the essence of a historical period. He immerses himself in the culture of the time he is interested in. Therefore, the one who suddenly decided for himself to comprehend, say, the forties in the USA, can read books and magazine publications of those years, look films, learn about the political and economic situation of that time…
But to feel the forties, you just have to dance them!
The first half of the twentieth century in America is an unconditional triumph of jazz in its various manifestations. thirties and forties in the United States accepted call the era of swing or the era of big bands - big jazz orchestras. The very word "swing" in English has many meanings and applies not only to the musical direction, but also to life as such. "It doesn't make sense if it doesn't have swing" - one of key slogans of the big band era.
Perhaps it is the Lindy Hop pair dance that best reflects the feeling swing era. After all, it has both the rhythm of that time and jazz music. improvisation, and just the joy of life.
The Lindy Hop was the first swing dance from which almost everything came the rest is in American dance culture: jive, rock and roll, hustle. These are the so-called social dances (public), that is, dances are not for performances on stage, and for personal and public use. It is not known for certain when the Lindy Hop began to dance, but no there is no doubt about when exactly the dance got its name. This happened at 1927 years after the famous first transatlantic flight Charles Lindbergh. Newspapers were full of headlines: "Lindy hops the Atlantic!" ("Lindy jumped the Atlantic"), everywhere and everywhere they talked about it. It is not surprising that when the famous dancer George Shouden, nicknamed Shorty George - "shorty" - was asked about the name of the style in which he dancing, he answered without hesitation: "Lindy hop!" Beyond Meanings "jump", "jump", hop has colloquial meanings "dance party" and - in aviation jargon - "flight". "Shorty" George joked, and the name of the dance was firmly fixed.
At the age of 30-40 there was a craze for swing dances. All over America, young people - both black and white - with indomitable energy youth kneeled in the ballrooms to the accompaniment of a live orchestra. It was entertainment on the verge of protest against the boredom of everyday life. Perhaps it is precisely for such a bright cheerfulness that Lindihoppers often disliked. Sometimes on the doors of "decent" dance establishments you can was to see a stern sign: "No lindyhoppers allowed!" ("Lindichoperam entry denied").
Lindy Hop and big bands reigned on US dance floors before fifties. And after ... The culture of swing began to gradually die out, giving way to the new in music and plastic. Jazz took the path of complication and intellectualization. The dance niche was occupied by rock and roll. It's come new post-war period and a new generation has come. "The patient is faster dead than alive," some culturologist might say in regarding swing. But sometimes death is confused with lethargy.
In America, interest in swing was revived in the late 80's - early 90's. In 1989 The first concert of the Royal Crown Revue was held in Los Angeles. It was thanks to her that the States rediscovered the music of the middle centuries. Soon there were real reenactors of the swing era. Many dressed in the fashion of the forties, many threw away their furniture to bring home from the junkyard "vintage" sofas, armchairs and all sorts of Houseware. But it wasn't difficult. It turned out to be more difficult to recreate the dance. At first, the reenactors simply tried to copy what they saw in films of those years. True swing dancers re-emerged only after the opening of the Los Angeles club "Derby" at 1993 This was the first an institution for many years, where swing parties were constantly held and concerts. In 1997, the film "Swing Kids" was released - cult for modern swing dancers - and revived among few culture of the 30-40s went to the people, and not only in American.
Before Russia, a wave of passion for Lindy Hop and other jazz dances (Charleston, boogie-woogie, balboa, shim-sham, etc.) rolled at the turn centuries. Pioneers in this business was the school "Tantsklass". At 1994 her students demonstrated a rock and roll program with elements Boogie Woogie. Now swing is taught not only in Moscow, but also in St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Pushkin, Ivanovo, Yaroslavl and Nizhny Novgorod.
One of the leading Moscow swing dance schools - MSDK (Moscow swing dance club) - conducts classes mainly in lindy hop, but also trying to actively introduce a lesser known dance to the masses balboa, in which partners are especially close to each other. Perhaps soon the school will begin teaching and has already become quite popular in Russia, due to the appearance of a large number musicals, tap (aka tap, aka tap dance). Many teachers of MSDC raised within its own walls. Evgeny Demchenko (22 years old) and Valeria Orlova (24 years old) dance and teach in pairs. Both by the nature of their professional activities are related to the technologies of the XXI century - the Internet, Web programming. Both are mostly busy in their free time. twentieth century. They do Lindy Hop (and dancing in general) only two and a half years old, but already winning in dance competitions and share skills with swing neophytes.
"One day I was just walking down the street, looked into the Hermitage garden and saw how people dance in the open air. Made a big impression even wrote about it in his LiveJournal. And then in the comments people said me what it was and where you can learn it," says Eugene about his first acquaintance with swing. Before Lindy Hop, he never he didn't dance, and he didn't particularly like jazz. Valeria the situation was somewhat different: "Since childhood, I loved Louis Armstrong very much and swing in general. When I found out that Lindy Hop is a swing dance, I I was amazed: it turns out you can also dance to it! "
In principle, you can dance Lindy Hop without swing music. Evgeniy claims that many try to do it to funk or even hip-hop, but dance looks completely different from this. "Authenticity gives a special color, - says Valeria, - besides, what's the point of dancing to other music if you already have swing? It is so versatile that never get bored. Unfortunately, in Russia Lindy Hop is not so popular both in America and Europe. But more and more people are interested in him, and want to share my knowledge with them. It's not just a dance it's a lifetime!"
One of the main problems of dance life is the lack of male dancers gender. In the classroom, they try to cope with this in the following way: firstly, partners from the group of continuing (and their role is played not only by boys, but also by girls), and secondly, there is a constant change of partners - thus, none of them stays alone for more than 5 minutes. "It seems to me that young men they just think that dance is not a man's business, - Valeria reflects. - Perhaps they immediately get bored at the mere thought of dancing, they think that it is necessary to learn choreography by heart and do serious face like in ballet. But here it's the other way around: it's just good pastime, dance, where the main thing is freedom, improvisation, music. There are no strict rules here." "In general, a dancing man is always more girls like it, "adds Eugene.
Classes at the school are held in an American democratic way. Age of students ranges from 20 to 50 years. Teachers never comment on about unsportsmanlike clothing and the lack of removable shoes for the wards. The only thing that, according to Evgeny, can be a little annoying, because these are the conversations of the students during the explanation of the dance steps. Also not the formation of permanent couples during classes is very welcome - then there is a greater number of periodically idle partners. But most importantly, it violates the basic principle of social dance - the ability to dance with with any partner, even with the one you see for the first time in your life. How whatever it was, "we have not had occasion to raise our voice to students," says Valeria.
Teachers believe that absolutely everyone can learn to dance, there would be a desire. "There are several examples of people in our community who which could not be associated with dancing, - says Evgeniy. - Now one of them is already teaching, the other took first place in balboa tournament ... Oddly enough, after the swing, other dances are given easy enough. It's kind of a paradox. Because people often come from ballroom dancing, with good dancing skills, but swing is given to them as difficult as the rest - those who have not done anything before generally. And after the Lindy Hop, there are no problems with learning, for example, Latin American dances. Maybe this is because swing dancing is not bound by rigid rules."
In summer, Moscow Lindyhoppers can be seen on the streets of the city. in clear Weather swing fans organize dance walks. One of popular places for street dancers to practice - an observation deck at embankment of the Moskva River in Neskuchny Garden. Those who have enough money and free time, go to the Swedish town of Herrang, where every summer a swing dance camp is open for a month. "People they practically only dance there, - says Valeria. - all day long - classes, then parties. All with breaks only for food and sleep. Even for one week there you can raise your dancing level as for half a year of ordinary classes, because this is an immersion in the environment. Imagine to yourself: 500 people in one small town - and all swing dancers! And all talking about dancing. People are dancing everywhere: on the paths, on the grass, in halls, saunas. It's a crazy camp!"
In winter, lovers of the forties live at swing club parties, their the same forces and organized. By the way, this year the first Moscow Lindy Exchange Festival. Foreigners come to such meetings. dancers, and for the domestic lindihopper, this is a great chance to improve the level of his plastic art. For three days there were swing parties, including live music. Organizers Lindy Exchange says you don't have to be a high-class dancer, you can even be a beginner. Finally, Swingers don't aim to out-dance each other, they just enjoy dancing. Yes, and the swing itself is not a result, but process.
Fans of the forties in Russia are, of course, a subculture. But she doesn't closed. For the most part, Lindihoppers are open, cheerful people. After all, when a good person feels good, he dances. And if it improvisation dance, which means that a good person is free.

Svetlana Vorontsova-Pavlova

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If you still don't know what swing dancing is, then Swing In Moscow dance school invites you to its free dance lessons, open to everyone (from scratch) . On them you will get acquainted with the two main swing dance styles - lindy hop and solo jazz (Charleston). You will also learn a little about the history of the formation of these dances and their connections with other related styles, such as shag, balboa, boogie-woogie, blues, etc.

Lindy Hop Dance

Lindy Hop is a couple social dance that originated in New York Harlem at the turn of the 20s of the last century. It mixed African traditions and dances that originated in the United States from different national groups. The Lindy Hop had an overwhelming success with the beginning of the "big band era" and the swing era, but by the 50s its popularity had waned. In the 1980s, enthusiastic dancers sought out old swing stars and revived the Lindy Hop. Now it is danced by many people around the world, in the halls, in the squares, in cafes. Lindy Hop is an incredible feeling of sincerity, energy, movement and love of life. It is impossible to dance without smiling.

Solo jazz dance

Solo jazz is the basis of almost any swing dance. It appeared during the swing era. At that time, in their solo performances, many dancers of African-American origin mixed Charleston and African dances, beaten with movements some moments from life. As a result, the figures that we now know as canonical were obtained. Improvisation, playing with accents and moods of music is the basis of solo jazz. Even while learning well-known "routines" such as big apple, shim sham or tranky doo, each dancer will unwittingly bring something of his own. Regardless of dance experience, Solo Jazz develops the entire range of qualities a dancer needs: from musicality to plasticity and a sense of rhythm.

To learn how to dance lindy hop and solo jazz, you need nothing more than a good mood and comfortable flat shoes (sneakers, sneakers, jazz shoes). Age, dance training, foot size, ear trampling by elephants and the presence of wide bones in the skeleton, all this does not matter!

And even the presence of a couple is by no means necessary, because. Classes rotate! But still, we recommend inviting one of your friends of the opposite sex so that the balance in the lesson is better and the learning itself is more effective.

Having your own partner is desirable but not required.

When? April 15, 21, 22 and 23
Where? m. Baumanskaya, Starokirochny per. 2, school "Gold & Dance"
How much does it cost? All open lessons from Swing in Moscow are free.

To attend class , you need to sign up for a lesson either on the Swing.Moscow website (there you will also find detailed information about the venue, teachers, dance style and much more), or by purchasing a free ticket to this event on TimePad.

Don't forget to bring your original passport with you as the building has access control!

If you have any questions, you can find answers to them on the group page on our website. Did you find the answer anyway? Then call us at +7 999 820 60 20 and we will be happy to answer them. We also invite you to our groups on social networks Vkontakte and Facebook.

P.S. The Swing In Moscow dance school periodically holds new sets for swing dance groups, namely: boogie-woogie, blues, lindy hop (jazz), solo jazz (charleston), balboa, step.

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