JULY FEATURED CLASSES!
8:00 Featured Class - Lindy Strolls
9:00 Featured Class - Ongoing Balboa
Last night in class, the students came up with a great idea for our second Featured Class - The Lindy Strolls. Of course, your wish is our command.
The Lindy Strolls are used widely around the world, and every Lindy Hopper worth their shoes should be able to jump into the fray when the dancers get going.
We'll be teaching:
The Shim Sham
The Shim Sham originated by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant as a tap dance in the late 1920's and adopted by Lindy Hoppers in the 1930's. The dance was greatly simplified by dropping all the taps (ask me to show you the tap version some time). Of all the Lindy Strolls, it is the most well-known and widely used, kept alive in great part to the recently departed Lindy great, Frankie Manning. It can be danced to any 32 bar structured swing song. See sample HERE on Youtube.
The Jitterbug Stroll
The Jitterbug Stroll is a swing line dance choreographed in 1992 by Ryan Francois, a Lindy Hop dancer and teacher from London. It is danced to swing music with 12 bar blues structure such as Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball" or Steven Mitchell's "The Jitterbug Stroll", a modern song created for this choreography. See Marcus and Baerble lead a group in the Jitterbug Stroll HERE on Youtube.
Rusty's Rhythm Club Stomp
The Rhythm Club Stomp was introduced by Rusty Frank & Peter Flahiff in 2000. It is a one-chorus routine derived from the opening chorus number in the movie "Lady of Burlesque," featuring Barbara Stanwyck. Like the Shim Sham, it is a stroll and no partner is needed. Makes a great performance number and is fun to do at a dance (very easy to learn on the spot!) It can be danced to any 32 bar structured swing song. HERE'S the movie version! And HERE'S Rusty demonstrating it.