Level 5 Lesson 1 - Footwork Stylizations

One of the most fun parts of Swing Dancing is beginning to stylize the dance by changing your footwork inside the moves you already know. Learn three important footwork patterns to help assist you on your climb up the ladder. Learn to replace a Rock-Step with a Kick Ballchange easily by first substituting some easier variations and working your way up.

Moves
  • Hold Ballchange (stylization to replace a Rock-Step)
  • Ballchange-Ballchange (stylization to replace a Rock-Step)
  • Kick Ballchange (stylization to replace a Rock-Step)

Level 5 Lesson 2 - Leader's Swing-Out Stylizations

Now that you're building a solid Swing-Out, start stylizing it with these common Leader footwork variations.

Moves
  • Hold Step on 3-4
  • Kick Step on 7-8
  • Kick Step Kick Ballchange 7-8/1-2
  • Kick Lift on 1-2
  • Kick Step Kick Lift 7-8/1-2

Level 5 Lesson 3 - Follower Swing-Out Stylizations

Now that you're building a solid Swing-Out, learn some common, and important, stylizations for Followers that will improve your technique and help you individualize your look.

Moves
  • Twisting Kick Ballchange 1-2
  • Twisting Triple 7-8
  • Twisting Triple 7-8 into Twists 1-2
  • Twisting Triple 7-8 into Twisting Kick Ballchange 1-2
  • Swoop Step 7-8
  • Swoop Step 7-8 into Twists 1-2
  • Swoop Step 7-8 into Twisting Kick
  • Twist on 6 to Prep count 7 Stylizations

Level 5 Lesson 4 - Broken Record Moves

With your technique improving at a great rate, here's some moves that should be a cinch for you to Lead and Follow. Called Broken Record Moves, these are moves that can easily be repeated while social dancing.

Moves
  • Triple Lollies
  • Reverse Triple Lollies
  • Cross-Hand Triple Lollies
  • Side-by-Side Cat Walks
  • Step Taps in Open
  • Step Taps in Side-by-Side
  • Step Taps in Cross-Hand
  • Level 5 Lesson 4 Pattern 1
  • Level 5 Lesson 4 Pattern 2

Level 5 Lesson 5 - Charleston Broken Record Moves

More Broken Record Moves of the Charleston variety.

Moves
  • Side-by-Side Cross-Kicks
  • Side-by-Side Cross-Overs
  • Johnny's Drop
  • Repeating Kicks from Kick-Aways
  • Repeating Kicks in Side-by-Side
  • Repeating Kicks in Tandem
  • Level 5 Lesson 5 Pattern 1
  • Level 5 Lesson 5 Pattern 2

Level 5 Lesson 6 - Charleston Turns

Have even more fun with your Charleston by learning some great Charleston Turns! Fake the Follow out and do some She-Goes style turns, and some easy turns to make things like the Skip-Up and Kick Aways more exciting.

Moves
  • Skip-Up Turn
  • She-Goes Skip-Up Turn
  • Fake-Out Skip-Up Turn
  • Kick Away Turn
  • She-Goes Kick Away Turn
  • Reverse Kick Away Turn
  • Level 5 Lesson 6 Pattern

Level 5 Lesson 7 - Day at the Races

Made famous in the old movie "Day at the Races," learn two great variations on this popular move, and some fun Kick Around variations for one.

Moves
  • Day at the Races
  • Propellor
  • Sailor Kicks
  • Day at the Races Movie Variation

Level 5 Lesson 8 - Flying Charleston

You can see the roots of Lindy Hop began in the Charleston era. Learn some common Lindy-Hop moves that begin with a Charleston flavor. The Swing-Out itself can be seen in the popular move Flying Charleston.

Moves
  • Charleston Swing-Out from Closed
  • Flying Charleston (Charleston Swing-Out from Open)
  • Charleston 8-ct Boomerang
  • Level 5 Lesson 8 Pattern

Level 5 Lesson 9 - Front-Step Stretch

A good Rock-Step makes for a good Stretch. However, there are other ways to Stretch, once you learn the right way to Lead and Follow Stretch. Here's some Level 5 Moves that use a Front-Step Stretch.

Moves
  • Reverse Side Pass
  • 8-count Front-Step Tuck Turn
  • 6-count Front-Step Tuck Turn
  • 4-count Underarm Pass (with Front-Steps for both)
  • Level 5 Lesson 9 Pattern

Level 5 Lesson 10 - Other Ways to Stretch

You've worked at Stretching through a Rock-Step and a Front-Step, now learn some other ways Stretch and some fun moves to get you practicing.

Moves
  • Elbow Catch Broken Record
  • Side-by-Side Opposite Rock-Step Front-Step
  • Side-by-Side Opposite Kicks
  • He-Goes She-Goes Chasse
  • Level 5 Lesson 10 Pattern

Level 5 Lesson 11 - Stretch Not Always Required

Sometimes the best way to lead a move is to NOT use Stretch! Refine your Lead and Follow Stretch technique and make sure you have the subtleties down for how to dance with or without it. You'll do some of your own Choreography in this Lesson, which is a great bridge into Level 6!

Moves
  • Walking in Closed
  • Walking in Open
  • Charleston Basic in Open
  • Twisting Walk in Open
  • Cat Walks in Open
  • Push Turn
  • Cat Walk Turn
  • Tuck Turn (with free spin/no Stretch)
  • Your Choreographed Pattern!

LESSON 1 TEST
Followers and Leaders each select 3 Patterns from Levels 1-3. Substitute every Rock-Step with each stylization from this Lesson.
(Use one stylization per pattern)

LESSON 2 TEST (for Leaders)
Demonstrate the Swing-Out with the footworks provided:
1. Hold Step on 3-4
2. Kick Step on 7-8
3. Kick Step Kick Ballchange 7-8/1-2
4. Kick Lift on 1-2
5. Kick Step Kick Lift 7-8/1-2

LESSON 3 TEST (for Followers)
Demonstrate the Swing-Out with the footworks and techniques provided. All should use a Twisting Prep on count 6 so the Follow doesn't get overrated on count 7.
1. Twisting Kick Ballchange 1-2
2. Twisting Triple 7-8
3. Twisting Triple 7-8 into Twists 1-2
4. Twisting Triple 7-8 into Twisting Kick Ballchange 1-2
5. Swoop Step 7-8
6. Swoop Step 7-8 into Twists 1-2
7. Swoop Step 7-8 into Twisting Kick Ballchange 1-2

LESSON 4 TEST
Demonstrate the following two Lesson Patterns:
Lesson Pattern 1
Front-to-Back
Triple Lollies
Reverse Triple Lollies
SBS Cat Walks
SBS Cat Walks
8-count Lindy Tuck Turn
Texas Tommy
Cross-Hand Triple Lollies
Side Pass
Swing-Out
(stay close!)
Step-Taps in Open

Lesson Pattern 2
Swing-Out
Step Taps in Side-by-Side
Swing-Out
Step Taps in Open
6-count Underarm Pass
(catch Cross-Hand)
Step Taps in Cross-Hand

LESSON 5 TEST
Demonstrate these two Lesson Patterns:
Lesson Pattern 1
Charleston Basic x2
SBS Cross-Kicks
Charleston Basic x2
SBS Cross Overs
Johnny's Drop
Charleston Basic x2
Repeating Kicks in SBS
Charleston Basic
Repeating Kicks in SBS

Lesson Pattern 2
Tandem Basic x2
Repeating Kicks in Tandem
Tandem Basic
Repeating Kicks in Tandem
Tandem Overhead Turn
Pump Kicks
Pancake Charleston
Kick Away Charleston
Repeating Kicks from Kick Aways
Kick Away Charleston
Repeating Kicks from Kick Aways
Back to SBS Charleston

LESSON 6 TEST
Complete this Pattern:
Skip-Up Turn
Charleston Basic
She-Goes Skip-Up Turn
Swing-Out
Kick Away Turn (with Side Rock)
Reverse Kick Away Turn
Kick Away Turn
She-Goes Kick Away Turn
Circle
Fake-Out Skip-Up Turn

LESSON 7 TEST
Demonstrate Day at the Races with these Kick Around variations:
Groove Walks
Sailor Kicks
Propellor
Transition out of each into another move of your choice. Make sure footworks are compensated for at the end, so transitioning into the next move isn’t an issue.

Demonstrate the Day at the Races Movie Variation.

LESON 8 TEST
1. Demonstrate Flying Charleston
2. Demonstrate the Lesson Pattern:
Charleston Basic in SBS x2
He-Goes Charleston
Charleston Swing-Out from Closed
Flying Charleston x3
8-ct Charleston Boomerang
8-ct Charleston Circle
REPEAT

LESSON 9 TEST
Complete this Pattern demonstrating good Stretch technique within each Front-Step:
6-count Underarm Pass
Reverse Side Pass (with Front-Step Lead)
4-count Underarm Passes (with Front-Steps for both)
8-count Lindy Circle
8-count Front-Step Tuck Turn
REPEAT

LESSON 10 TEST
Demonstrate this Lesson Pattern:
Elbow Catch Broken Record
8-count Charleston Circle
Side-by-Side Opposite Rock-Step Front-Step
Charleston Basic
He-Goes She-Goes Chasse
Swing-Out from Closed
REPEAT

LESSON 11 TEST
TEST ITEM 1
Demonstrate leading the Grapevine both without and with Stretch.

TEST ITEM 2
Take 1a-1c and in the places where you would do a Closed position "walk," put in Stretch instead and create your own move.

TEST ITEM 3
Take the Charleston Basic and Walking in Open Position, and demonstrate both with no Stretch, then choose moves out of this that do require Stretch, and demonstrate several examples of Leading and Following No-Stretch, and then Stretch.

TEST ITEM 4
Demonstrate Leading Cat Walks from Open with no Stretch

TEST ITEM 5
Demonstrate the Cat Walk Turn with no Stretch.

TEST ITEM 6
Demonstrate a Push Turn with no Stretch.

TEST ITEM 7
Demonstrate a Tuck Turn with no Stretch (use a free turn exit)

TEST ITEM 8
Make up your own moves for each of Test Items 4-7 that DO use Stretch, or demonstrate how the Move would change.

TEST ITEM 9
Choreograph your own Pattern that uses several of these moves. Choose some variations with no Stretch, and some that use Stretch. Be sure to mix it up and make sure both Lead and Follow feel and understand the difference! Now Test your Pattern!

Earn your Lindy Ladder Laces!