Dance Swing 20121105

I was told the upper body frame for swing is held in such a way that a pull of the hands translates to a movement of the feet through the body as opposed to a movement of the arms or upper body. In other words, if the leader pulls the follower's hands, then the follower responds by moving his/her feet forward.

START LESSON (approximately 5 minutes in).

Basic six-count:
rock step, left-right-left, right-left-right.
: The hand is low (relaxed around waist or below), leader's hand is up, follower's hand is down. And this is rarely deviated from. It's a strange transition from salsa. Today I was constantly using a closed salsa handhold and then consciously having to change it to a relaxed swing handhold.
: The basic steps can be done with a rotation clockwise or counterclockwise

Basic turn with prep:
rock with an extra push of the hand. step. Left-right-left + raise hand (high five). As the leader turns the follower, leader will do right-left-right.

Basic open position:
Instead of a V/side-by-side position, the leader and follower are extended from each other, but can still do rock step, left-right-left, right-left-right.
: As a beginner and only shown the basics, I mostly kept to this rigid movement, but there's a lot of playfulness and improvisation that happens here. Also some rotation that desires to happen natural.

Follower left turn:
rock step, raise the follower's left hand and the follower comes across for a left turn. left-right-left, right-left-right.

Transition from open to closed:
rock step. Move in on left-right-left. Right arm moves onto the follower's back on right-left-right.

Skip up:
rock step, left kick, step, right kick, step

rock step, leader raises his hand as if looking at his watch and passes under. follower turning is optional

Basic Charleston (8 count movement):
12 rock step 3 left kick 4 step down 5 right kick 6 hold mid-air 7 right kicks back 8 steps down
: To initiate the Charleston, push and release the follower's hand so that the leader and follower are side-by-side instead of in a V.
: In order to exit the Charleston, request the follower's hand and after the rock step, a signal of leaning forward and down which steers which grounds the follower should be sufficient to return to the basic six-count


rock step, raise right hand for a follower left turn, followed by raising the right hand for a follower right turn

switch to a right-to-right handhold, pull follower toward the leader then cross to the follower's right, placing the follower's hand at the midsection and turning to recapture the hand

follower turn followed by leader turn:
12 rock step, follower turns on left-right-left, leader turns on right-left-right

Charleston with a change in direction:
: I'm not sure how to signal the change. But doing the movement solo, on 7, the kick goes sideways, then 8 steps down. So on 1, the left kick goes forward but in the direction opposite the original facing direction. then 2 the left kick goes back and steps down. For 3 the right leg kicks up and back. One can repeat or exit the pattern into the regular Charleston here.

Charleston (another variation):
follower and leader do the change in direction pattern by opposite each other

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