Level 3 Lesson 1 - Lindy Hop

You've completed Level 2! Now you're on to learning Intermediate moves and patterns. Start your Level 3 education by learning some important variations on Turns.

Moves
  • Boomerang (8-ct Lindy Hop)
  • Inside Turn from Swing-Out from Closed
  • Inside-Turn (Lindy Hop "Front-End")
  • "Front End" Inside Turn into Swing-Out
  • "Front End" Inside Turn into Lindy Circle
  • "Front End" Inside Turn into Inside Turn
  • Level 3 Lesson 1 Pattern

Level 3 Lesson 2 - Lindy Hop

A few more important Turns to learn during your Level 3 training.

Moves
  • Outside Free Turn (8-ct Lindy Hop)
  • Texas Tommy (8-ct Lindy Hop)
  • Barrel Turn (8-ct Lindy Hop)
  • Level 3 Lesson 2 Pattern

Level 3 Lesson 3 - Side Pass Variations

Another variation on a Turn, the Side Pass, is always done as a 6-count move. Learn 3 variations of the Side Pass that will compliment your Level 3 education.

Moves
  • Side Pass (Free Turn)
  • Side Pass from Cross-Hand
  • Butterfly Side Pass with Triples
  • Level 3 Lesson 3 Pattern 1
  • Level 3 Lesson 3 Pattern 2

Level 3 Lesson 4 - Triple Swing Additions

Hopefully by now you are incorporating your Lindy Hop and Triple Swing moves into whatever jivey music you're dancing to! Learn these 2 important 6-count moves that every Intermediate dancer should know.

Moves
  • Barrel Turn (6-ct)
  • Sugar Push
  • Level 3 Lesson 4 Pattern 1
  • Level 3 Lesson 4 Pattern 2

Level 3 Lesson 5 - Charleston Additions for Lindy Hop

You've learned the Charleston building blocks in Level 1, some moves that work well paired with your Lindy Hop in Level 2, and now in Level 3 the next 3 lessons will give you some fun and challenging variations to add in. These are great moves to use for transitions and when trying to break up the music or be more musical.

Moves
  • Lolly Kicks
  • Skip Up
  • Jig Kicks
  • Broken Record Charleston
  • Level 3 Lesson 5 Pattern

Level 3 Lesson 6 - Charleston Additions for Lindy Hop

Even more Charleston for your Level 3 well-rounded Lindy Hop education. Included in this Lesson is the Mini Dip, a move every serious Lindy Hopper knows.

Moves
  • Charleston Side Pass
  • Charleston Side Pass from Cross-Hand
  • Charleston Butterfly
  • Mini Dip
  • Level 3 Lesson 6 Pattern 1
  • Level 3 Lesson 6 Pattern 2

Level 3 Lesson 7 - Charleston Additions for Lindy Hop

Let's learn yet another variation for Charleston that you can combine with your other Charleston knowledge, or pair with Lindy Hop: Tandem Charleston! This is a classic style of Charleston done with the Follow in front of the Leader.

Moves
  • Tandem Charleston
  • 4-count Turn to Tandem
  • Yo-Yo
  • Tandem Overhead Turn to Pancake Charleston
  • Level 3 Lesson 7 Pattern

Level 3 Lesson 8 - Solo Movement

In this style of dance, each partner move can be broken down into a solo move, with specific movements for your entire body. As you discover this concept, you will be well equipped to be a better Leader or Follower on the dance floor. In this Lesson, Shauna will break-down some of the basic moves you already know from Levels 1-3, and show you how to refine the move without a partner, by turning into a solo move.

Moves
  • Front-to-Back (Solo)
  • Charleston Basic (Solo)
  • Yo-Yo (Solo)
  • Charleston 180 (Solo)
  • Charleston 360 (Solo)
  • Charleston Kick Steps (Solo)
  • Charleston Kick Aways (Solo)
  • Lindy Hop Hand Passes
  • Round Rock into Triple (Solo)

Level 3 Lesson 9 - Musicality

Some dancers seem to have every song memorized, and have a clever move to perform when a fun hit comes up in the music. In reality, there is a formula for a majority of this style of Jazz music. Take your first step into understanding the music better, and becoming more musical yourself!

Moves
  • Freeze at the end of a Phrase
  • Mess Around at the end of a Phrase
  • Walk Together during 3rd Phrase of Chorus

Level 3 Lesson 10 - Charleston Additions for Lindy Hop

Let's challenge your Charleston skills with more difficult moves and patterns found in the last 2 lessons of Level 3.

Moves
  • Charleston Tuck Turn (8-ct)
  • Charleston Tuck Turn (6-ct)
  • Drunken Charleston
  • Tandem Kick-Aways
  • Tandem 180
  • He-Goes Tandem
  • She-Goes Tandem
  • Level 3 Lesson 10 Pattern 1
  • Level 3 Lesson 10 Pattern 2

Level 3 Lesson 11 - Charleston Additions for Lindy Hop

Adding more Tandem Charleston transitional moves, this is the last step to your challenging adventure of completing Level 3!

Moves
  • Boing-Boing Turn
  • S-Turn
  • Charleston Circle (8-ct)
  • Charleston Promenade (8-ct)
  • Tandem 360 Turn
  • Tandem 180 Turn (to Open)
  • Level 3 Lesson 11 Pattern 1
  • Level 3 Lesson 11 Pattern 2

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1. Complete each Lesson Test within Level 3 
 using techniques discussed in each Lesson:

LESSON 1 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Swing-Out (get 2 hands)
Boomerang
Swing-Out
Inside Turn into Swing-Out
Inside Turn into Lindy Circle (8-ct)
Swing-Out from Closed with Inside Turn
Swing-Out
Inside Turn to Inside Turn
REPEAT

LESSON 2 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Swing-Out
Swing-Out with Outside Free Turn
Swing-Out
Texas Tommy
(switch hands to regular)
Swing-Out
Lindy Barrel Turn (8-ct)
REPEAT

LESSON 3 TEST
Complete these two Patterns:

Pattern 1:
Front-to-Back x2
Lindy Hop Hand Passes
Pancake Hand Passes
Butterfly with Triples x2
Swing-Out
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

Pattern 2:
Triple Basic in Closed x2
Send-Out
Side Pass x2
Swing-Out
Texas Tommy (Cross-Hand)
Side Pass from Cross-Hand x2
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

LESSON 4 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Triple Swing in Closed x3
Send Out (6-ct)
Swing Out
Lindy Barrel Turn (6-ct)
Sugar Push x3
Lindy Hand Passes
REPEAT

Optional Pattern:
Triple Swing in Closed x3
Send Out (6-ct)
Swing Out
Lindy Barrel Turn (6-ct)
Sugar Push x3
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

LESSON 5 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Charleston Basic in Side-by-Side
Charleston Broken Record Move
Skip-Up
Jig Kicks x4
Lolly Kicks
REPEAT

LESSON 6 TEST
Complete these two Patterns:

Pattern 1:
Charleston Basic in SBS
Kick Away Charleston
Pancake Charleston
Charleston Butterfly x2
(leader footwork transition)
Swing-Out
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

Pattern 2:
Charleston Side Pass x2
Swing-Out
Texas Tommy (catch in Cross-Hand)
Charleston Side Pass from Cross-Hand x2
Mini Dip

LESSON 7 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
4-count Turn to Tandem
Tandem Charleston x2
Yo-Yo
Tandem Charleston
Tandem Overhead Turn to Pancake Charleston

LESSON 8 TEST
Demonstrate multiples of each solo movement:
Front-to-Back Solo
Charleston Basics
Yo-Yo (He-Goes/She-Goes)
Charleston 180 Basics
Charleston 360 Basics
Charleston Kick Aways Turning
Lindy Hop Hand Passes
Round Rock Step into Tuck Turn
Lolly Kicks/Skip Up

Remember these items as you demonstrate each solo movement:
Proper Arms
Pulse
Body Positioning
Control

LESSON 9 TEST
Complete this Pattern using correct phrasing to a song of your choice:
--Phrase 1--
Lindy Hop x3-8's
Freeze or Mess Around 4th-8
--Phrase 2--
Lindy Hop x2-8's
Lindy Circle
Freeze or Mess Around 4th-8
--Phrase 3--
Walk in Side-by-Side x3-8's
Freeze or Mess Around
--Phrase 4--
Lindy Hop x3-8's
Freeze or Mess Around 4th-8

LESSON 10 TEST
Complete these two Patterns:

Pattern 1:
Drunken Charleston sequence
Charleston Tuck Turn (6-ct)
4-ct Turn to Tandem
Tandem Basic x2
Tandem Kick Aways
Tandem Basic x2
Tandem 180 x2 (traveling)
He-Goes Tandem
Tandem Basic
She-Goes Tandem
Tandem Basic x2
Tandem Overhead Turn to Pancake Charleston
Transition to SBS Charleston
REPEAT

Pattern 2:
Charleston Underarm Pass (8-ct) x2
4-ct Turn to Tandem Charleston
Tandem Basic
Tandem Kick Aways
Tandem Basic x2
Tandem Yo-Yo
Tandem Basic
Tandem Overhead Turn to Pancake Charleston
Transition to SBS Charleston
Charleston Tuck Turn (8-ct)
REPEAT

LESSON 11 TEST
Complete these two Patterns:

Pattern 1:
Charleston Promenade x2
Boing-Boing Turn
Tandem Basic x2
Tandem 180 Turn (to Open)
Charleston Underarm Pass x2 (8-ct)
Charleston Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

Pattern 2:
Charleston Basic x2 (SBS)
S-Turn
Tandem Basic
Yo-Yo
Tandem 180 x2 (traveling)
Tandem 360 Turn
Tandem Basic
Overhead Turn to Pancake Charleston
Transition to SBS Charleston
REPEAT

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2. 
Demonstrate the Level 3 Test Patterns:

TEST PATTERN 1:
Swing-Out
Texas Tommy
(switch hands to normal at end)
Lindy Side-Pass
Swing-Out
Swing-Out into Outside Free Turn
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
Front-to-Back
Swing-Out from Closed
Freeze for 2 beats
REPEAT

TEST PATTERN 2:
Inside Turn into Swing-Out
(grab 2nd hand)
8-ct Cuddle
Boomerang
Swing-Out
Lindy Underarm Pass (8-ct)
Lindy Circle (8-ct)
Swing-Out from Closed with Inside Turn
Swing-Out
REPEAT

TEST PATTERN 3:
Texas Tommy
Lindy Side Pass from Cross-Hand x2
Butterfly Side Pass with Triples
Swing-Out
Lindy Barrel Turn (8-ct)
Sugar Push x2
Swing-Out
Inside Turn into Swing-Out
(Catch in Closed)
Jig Kicks
Charleston Tuck Turn (6-ct)
Mess Around in Open until the first "A" of the beginning of the next Phrase
REPEAT

TEST PATTERN 4:
Charleston (SBS)
Drunken Charleston
Charleston (SBS)
Skip Up
Charleston (SBS)
Broken Record Charleston
Charleston (SBS)
Charleston Promenade x2
REPEAT

TEST PATTERN 5:
Charleston SBS
Boing-Boing Turn
Tandem Basic
Yo-Yo
Tandem Basic
He-Goes Tandem
She-Goes Tandem
Tandem 180 Turn (to Open)
Charleston Side Pass x2
Charleston Circle (8-ct)
REPEAT

TEST PATTERN 6:
Swing-Out
4-count Turn to Tandem
Tandem Basic
Tandem Kick Aways
Tandem Basic
Tandem 180 Turn (to Open)
Charleston Underarm Pass (8-ct) x2
Charleston Circle (8-ct)
S-Turn
Tandem Basic
Tandem 180 x2 (traveling)
Tandem Basic
Tandem 360 Turn
Tandem Basic
Tandem 180 Turn (to Open)
REPEAT

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Earn your Lindy Ladder Laces!