Level 6 Lesson 1 - The History of Lindy Hop

In order to really master this historical dance, a closer look at history and origins of the dance is necessary. This lesson is designed as a general overview of the history of Lindy Hop!

Level 6 Lesson 2 - Whitey's First Stops Routine

Learn a historical piece of choreography performed by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers called the "Stops" routine, or First-Stops. As a new performer in Level 6, this routine has moves that will give you a great choreography start.

  • Charleston
  • Fall-Off-the-Log
  • Stomp-Off
  • First-Stops or "Stops" Routine

Level 6 Lesson 3 - California Routine

Learn this must-know choreography for every Lindy Hopper! Broken down into a "Simple," and "Fast" version, everyone can learn this routine. With at least 3 known versions of this routine on old films, any Lindy Hop performer must know the California Routine.

  • Swing-Out
  • 8-ct Circle
  • Skip-Up
  • 6-ct Tuck Turn
  • 6-ct Underarm Pass
  • 6-ct Circle
  • Send-Out
  • Tango
  • Frog Jump
  • Jig Kicks
  • 6-ct Barrel Turn
  • Lindy Flip
  • Slip-Slops
  • Trenches
  • Stomp-Off
  • Kick Away Turn
  • Tandem Charleston
  • A-Frame
  • Tandem Turn
  • Roll-Up/Pancake
  • Backpack
  • California Routine

Level 6 Lesson 4 - The Big Apple

Made famous in the old movie "Keep Punchin'," learn Whitey's Lindy Hopper's choreography of The Big Apple Contest. Originally a "called" solo jazz routine where the caller would call out moves and everyone would follow in a circle, Whitey's troupe choreographed a specific arrangement of the routine for film. Still popular amongst Lindy Hoppers, you'll be able to do this solo routine around the world with other dancers! A must-know for your performance and historical training and learning.

  • Shouts
  • Break Step
  • Stomp-and-Push
  • Cake Walks
  • Rocks
  • Drunkin' Sailors
  • Boogie Backs
  • Apple Jacks
  • Gaze Afar
  • Suzie Qs
  • Rusty Dusty
  • Spank-the-Baby
  • Jump Charleston
  • Fishtails
  • Breezy Knees
  • Ride-the-Pony
  • Big Apple Pose
  • Sailor Kicks
  • London Bridge
  • Sys-ka-boom-ba
  • Lock Turn
  • Fall-off-the-Log
  • Skates
  • Shorty George
  • Charleston
  • Around-the-World Charleston
  • Knee Slaps
  • Grapevine
  • Pecks
  • Break-a-Leg

Level 6 Lesson 5 - The Tranky Doo

A vintage solo Charleston routine choreographed by the great Pepsi Bethel, you will love learning this routine, and it will take your Charleston to new heights!

Level 6 Lesson 6 - Frankie Manning's Favorites

Shauna had the opportunity to hang with, dance with, and learn from the great Frankie Manning several times between 1995 and his passing. Learn some of his favorite moves that he regularly taught and led.

  • Bow
  • Heels
  • Pecks
  • Kicks and Triples
  • Texas Tommy to Suzies
  • Leader's Turns
  • Reverse Charleston Cuddle
  • Around the World with Points
  • Chugs
  • Ballroomin'
  • Chasses

Level 6 Lesson 7 - Whitey's Performance Moves

As you progress in your historical and performance training, learn these high-energy intense performance moves inspired by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

  • The Chase
  • Frankie Pop Turn
  • Switches
  • Chainsaw
  • Leader’s Underarm Pass with Pivot Turn
  • Stretch and Jump

Level 6 Lesson 8 - Double Turns

An easy way to embellish your dancing is to transform simple turns into double (or triple) turns.

  • Double Side Pass
  • Double Inside Turn (out of a Swing-Out)
  • Double Outside Turn (out of a Swing-Out)
  • Double Tuck Turn
  • Double Texas Tommy Turn

Level 6 Lesson 9 - Performance Swing-Outs

Everyone loves a good Swing-Out. These are great for showing off on the dance floor, and for performance choreography.

  • Leader's Stylization Rock-Step-Hop-Step
  • Follower's Stylization Replace Ballchange 7&8
  • Rock-Step Hold variation
  • Walk-Out Swing-Out
  • Rotational Swing-Out

Level 6 Lesson 10 - Jam Circles

A cultural element of Lindy Hop, jam circles are a great way to show off your stuff, and cheer on your peers. Learn the ins and outs of a great jam and a great jam circle!

Earn your Lindy Ladder Laces!