Level 1 Lesson 1 - Lindy Hop

Start with the basics. Here you will learn footwork and partner patterns to get you dancing quickly!

Moves
  • Side-to-Side Lindy Hop (1:21)
  • Front-to-Back Lindy Hop (:55)
  • He-Goes Lindy Hop (2:45)
  • She-Goes Lindy Hop (2:45)
  • Level 1 Lesson 1 Pattern (3:49)

Level 1 Lesson 2 - Lindy Hop

Let's learn to "Swing-Out!" This is the crowning move of Lindy Hop, and you'll learn it right here in Level 1!

Moves
  • Underarm Pass (8-ct Lindy Hop) (:42)
  • Swing-Out from Closed (:33)
  • Swing-Out from Open (1:46)
  • Level 1 Lesson 2 Pattern (2:01)

Level 1 Lesson 3 - Lindy Hop

You've learned the Lindy Hop Basic step, now it's time to add a few more basic moves to get you swingin' on the floor.

Moves
  • Lindy Circle (:31)
  • Lindy Promenade (:14)
  • Level 1 Lesson 3 Pattern (:55)

Level 1 Lesson 4 - Triple Swing

Add a little bit of 6-count "Triple Swing" to round out your vocabulary. This is the best next step on your way to completing your Level 1 education.

Moves
  • Triple Swing in Open (:25)
  • Triple Swing in Closed (:55)
  • Send-Out (1:44)
  • Underarm Pass (2:19)
  • Level 1 Lesson 4 Pattern (3:56)

Level 1 Lesson 5 - Charleston

Charleston is a well-known dance from history, but also shares so much commonality with Lindy Hop. Often the two dances are paired together. Start your Charleston knowledge off the right way with these basics.

Moves
  • Double-Kick Charleston Basic (:25)
  • Groove Walk Charleston Basic (1:01)
  • Charleston Footwork for Lindy Hop (1:35)
  • Charleston Basic in Open (2:05)
  • Charleston Basic in Closed (2:05)
  • Front-to-Back Charleston (Basic in SBS) (2:55)
  • He-Goes Charleston (3:15)
  • She-Goes Charleston (3:15)
  • Level 1 Lesson 5 Pattern (5:15)

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1. Demonstrate Open, Closed, and Side-by-Side Positions with a partner
2. Complete each Lesson Test found in Level 1:

LESSON 1 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Side-to-Side x4
(Transition to Side-by-Side on the 4th)
Front-to-Back x2
He-Goes Lindy Hop
She-Goes Lindy Hop
He-Goes, catch the 2nd hand, back to
Side-to-Side
REPEAT

LESSON 2 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Front-to-Back x2
Swing-Out from Closed (He-Goes to Swing-Out)
Underarm Pass (8-ct)
Swing-Out from Open
REPEAT
(to repeat, do another Swing-Out, and grab the 2nd hand on the way out)

LESSON 3 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Lindy Promenade x2 (He-Goes)
Swing-Out from Closed (He-Goes to Swing-Out)
Lindy Circle
REPEAT

LESSON 4 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Triple Swing in Open (6-ct Basic)
(Transition to Closed)
Triple Swing in Closed (6-ct Basic)
Send-Out
Underarm Pass x2 (6-ct)
(Grab the 2nd hand on the 2nd Pass)
REPEAT

LESSON 5 TEST
Complete this Pattern with Groove Walks, with Kicks, then with Charleston Footwork for Lindy Hop):
Charleston Basic in Open
(Transition to Closed)
Charleston Basic in Closed
Front-to-Back Charleston (Basic in SBS)
He-Goes Charleston
She-Goes Charleston
REPEAT
(to repeat, do a He-Goes, let the Closed hand slide out, and grab 2 hands)

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3. Complete these Level 1 Test Patterns:

TEST PATTERN 1:
Front-to-Back
Send-Out
Swing-Out x2
6-ct Underarm Pass x3
Lindy Circle
Repeat

TEST PATTERN 2:
8-ct Underarm Pass x2
Swing-Out x3
Charleston in Open x3

TEST PATTERN 3:
Side-to-Side x2
Side-to-Side moving to Side-by-Side
He-Goes Lindy Hop
She-Goes Lindy Hop
Swing-Out from Closed
Swing-Out
Charleston Basic in Open x2

TEST PATTERN 4:
Lindy Promenade x2
Charleston Basic in Side-by-Side x2
He-Goes Charleston
She-Goes Charleston
Swing-Out from Closed
Lindy Circle

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Earn your Lindy Ladder Laces!