There’s been such interest in the swing classes on Fridays at Chilli White, that I’ve decided to put together the teaching highlights in a video guide to 8 Count Lindy Hop.
Lindy Hop is a style of dance in the swing family, made popular in the 1930s. It’s a fun and exciting partner dance, that’s high-energy and rewarding.
These moves are danced to 8 counts, there are other counts used in swing dancing – such as 6 counts. But salsa dancers tend to find it easiest to get their heads around 8 counts, so that’s what we’ve decided to focus on – for now!
OK, so first a look at closed hold. This is a great place to start with your Lindy Hop dancing!
Basic Step in Closed
Here’s the Lindy Hop 8 Count Basic Step, it’s a great move to dance whilst working out what to do next.
The Lindy Circle begins and ends in closed hold. It’s a fairly laid back move, which will prepare you for other moves to come…
This is THE defining move of Lindy Hop, it’s tricky but well worth the effort to get it right. By our definition, a Swingout starts in closed hold and ends in open.
The Lindy Turn, not to be confused with the Lindy Circle, is basically just a Swingout from open hold. It’s so very ‘swing’!
Lindy Circle from Open
We saw a Lindy Circle earlier, this variant starts in open hold and is a great way to get back into closed – meaning you can chain together all the moves in this guide and hit the freestyle floor!
Here’s a pattern that pulls everything together. Over to you!