This is a great clip…
This is how I learnt Lindy Hop and this style of dancing is one of the reasons why I started this blog. Each week I would go to class and learn a new variation or some sort of rhythmic pattern which I would then forget and this blog was a way to remember the variations I liked.
Posting variations hasn’t been happening of late because I have dropped out of local classes (not because I don’t need them but because other activities offer me a better ROI/wellbeing right now), when I have been to bigger events this style of Lindy hasn’t been taught and other commitments mean that my video clip watching has been drastically reduced!
Jean Ma and Bromley Palamountain demo a Savoy kicks swing out variation in a 9:20 Special class.
One day I will get over my Savoy Kick mental block, here are some more Savoy kick lessons:
Hep Ken teaching at Lindy in the Park… 5,6,7 replace, hop, tap… :
Andrew Sutton demos Savoy Kicks on idance.net: http://www.idance.net/lesson/88
A breakdown of the step by Bernd Baumgarten
3 Kick fwd with left foot.
Kick low, leg extended, but don’t point with toes. Right after, relax left knee.
As in ordinary walking, arms swing “against” the feet, i.e. here: right arm forward, left
4 Step forward with left foot.
5 Kick across with right foot.
Kick higher than on 3, swinging extended leg up and left. Don’t point with toes.
Left arm swings up and across your chest; right arm swings back, maybe even slightly
around behind your body.
6 Let extended right leg swing down past right side.
7 Continuing smoothly, swing extended right leg diagonally back.
Don’t point with toes. Right arm swings forward; left arm swings back.
8 Swinging right leg towards left leg from behind, jump onto right foot on 8, which you
put right where your left foot was standing.
& Hop a few inches forward on your right foot, turning body 1/8 turn (45 degrees) right.
1 Bend right knee. Lower body. Tap toes of left foot diagonally back onto the floor.
Left arm, elbow bent, swings forward; left arm swings back. Crouch a bit.
2 Letting body move up to normal, flick left leg, i.e. raise lower leg to the rear.
Turn body 1/8 turn (45 degrees) to the left, such that you face original direction again.
Another version of a Savoy kick swing out:
Savoy kicks in side by side Charleston:
Savoy kicks in the Dean Collins Shim Sham:
Mike Faltesek and Nina Gilkenson demo some footwork and rhythm variations at The Exchange 2010:
Frida demonstrating some great rhythmic variations: