Learn the basics of the big-band era, and get ready for a jazzy night on the town!
You will need
- A dance partner
- A sense of humor
Step 1 Count out the rhythm Get used to the rhythm you’ll be dancing to by counting it out loud. The beat for basic swing dancing sounds like this: 1 a 2, 1 a 2, 1 2, 1 a 2, 1 a 2, 1 2.
Step 2 Stand in open position Swing is traditionally danced by a man-and-woman team. Decide who’ll be your gent and who’ll be your lady. Stand facing each other in open position.
Open position means standing and facing your partner, maintaining some space between the two of you, and holding one or both hands.
Step 3 Think of yourselves as mirrors You and your partner will always be dancing the same steps on the opposite feet. Basically, you’ll be each other’s mirror image.
Step 4 Step to one side On the first “1 a 2,” the man does a left-right-left step to his left side. The woman steps right-left-right to her right.
Step 5 Step to the other side On the second “1 a 2,” the man does a right-left-right step to his right, back to starting position. The woman steps left-right-left to her left.
Step 6 Step away On the “1,” the man steps back and away on his left foot, while the woman does the same on her right foot.
Step 7 Step back On the “2,” both partners shift their weight to the other foot.
Step 8 Practice the sequence Throw on an old swing hit, and practice until you know the sequence by heart.
Step 9 Step lively Swing is a fun, upbeat dance, so keep up that energy, and have a blast!
The swing dance known as the Lindy Hop derived its name from Charles Lindbergh’s famed solo flight (or “hop”) across the Atlantic.