Dance the Lindy Hop- Leader’s Basic Footwork

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Avid Lindy Hopper Teresa Egan demonstrates the leaders basic steps.

    Teresa Egan

    Teresa grew up in the DC metro area and was a gymnast, figure skater, swimmer and diver as a kid. In her senior year of high school, she became an avid Lindy Hopper (the original swing dance). While attending the College of William and Mary, Teresa started to teach Lindy Hop in downtown Richmond with Buck Smolow. They later expanded to teaching in Richmond's East End, Richmond's West End, Williamsburg and Fredericksburg. Buck & Teresa created the Richmond Lindy Hop scene and their first students are now the core. Teresa has done well in dance competitions. In 1998, she and Bill Puschman competed in the DC Dancesport Inferno and won first place in Lindy Hop. In 1999, Teresa competed in the Hanover Dance Festival with Buck Smolow and was awarded first place in the Advanced Swing division and first place overall in the Advanced division. Due to the success of Buck & Teresa's regular classes, they were invited to teach as special guests at big events. The American Red Cross invited them to teach Lindy Hop at their national convention. Later, the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society invited Buck & Teresa to teach a full day workshop in 2000. Also in 2000, The Model A Restorers Club invited them to teach at their national meet. In addition, Teresa received a scholarship to learn from the best Lindy Hoppers in the world in Sweden, Finland, and Russia in 2002.

    Tracy Egan: Hi! I am Tracy Egan and today we are learning the original swing dance the Lindy Hop. We just learned the followers basic steps and now we are going to learn the leaders basic steps.

    So, I am going to turn around so you can view me. I am going to start rocking back on the left foot, so send your left foot back and you want to shift your weight back front back front, make sure you pick up both feet where we are going go rock step step step rock step, step step 1 2 3 4 5 6, 1 2 3 4 5 6Another thing that you want to keep in mind is keep your steps small to keep them right underneath, you dont want to take huge steps either side or backward. You can also do it with a triple-step, so its the same thing but we are going to triple-step to the side. So, its rock step step and step step and step rock step triplestep triplestep rock step triplestep triple step 1 2 3.

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    . and 4 5 and 6.

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    , 1 2 3 and 4 5 and 6.

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    . So, thats the leaders basic steps and now we have learned the followers steps and the leaders steps so we are going to put it together in the next clip.