Fundamentals

We will guide you through an easy learning experience and in a few months you will be ready to join the Intermediate Lindy Hop program to refine your technique and learn more advanced stuff. Stick with the program and we promise you are going to have so much fun learning.

Here is a list of “all” the fundamental moves lists on the Lindy Hop Moves website. However, if you want to take part in the Fundamentals Course, we will be publishing the course recommendation list soon.

Fundamental Lindy Hop Moves

  1. Basic positions and weight changes https://img.youtube.com/vi/nd_UZhLmAtk/0.jpgBasic positions and weight changes Basic positions for Lindy Hop and weight changes for leaders and followers with the basic footwork. Amy (follower) and Reuel (leader) teach the basic footwork of Lindy Hop: step, step, triple-step, step, step, triple-step. Plus ...
  2. Fundamental posture & footwork https://img.youtube.com/vi/0uj8iD2Oyag/0.jpgFundamental posture & footwork Kevin and Jo explain the technique for the basic Lindy Hop footwork, posture and general positioning. Leaders start with your left foot; followers start with your right foot.Footwork: the triple-step, the rock-step (also known as the ...
  3. Basic footwork and simple patterns https://img.youtube.com/vi/rbxqTcKj2U8/0.jpgBasic footwork and simple patterns Beginner basic steps and footwork with a few patterns. Leaders make sure that you start your basic footwork with your left leg on count 1.Followers make sure that you start the basic with your right ...
  4. Beginner basic movements and Lindy Circle https://img.youtube.com/vi/CF0KIsQR6A4/0.jpgBeginner basic movements and Lindy Circle Peter and Stacia show basic Lindy Hop movements with triple steps, a few basic moves, as well as the Lindy Circle. The video starts with the footwork of the basic 8-count rhythm and then ...
  5. Basic Charleston https://img.youtube.com/vi/dPjS6QVqltk/0.jpgBasic 30s Charleston and Kick Through Bobby and Crista show the basic of the Charleston side by side and how to do the Kick Through. The video starts with basic Charleston (groove walks), with the addition of the kicks to ...
  6. 30s Charleston, Skip Up and Kick Through https://img.youtube.com/vi/Cg0mTrMlc94/0.jpg30s Charleston, Skip up (a.k.a Kick the Dog) and Kick Through Peter and Liz show the basic Charleston as well as the Skip Up and Kick Through. The video starts with the basic (Groove Walk) starting with a Touch-Step. Then ...
  7. Lindy Hop basic figures and technique https://img.youtube.com/vi/pnWF9Lb7QaU/0.jpgLindy Hop basic figures and technique Jean and Bromley show 8-count footwork moves. In this video you will find a basic 8-count figure in closed position, the Toss-Across (also known as the „kompis“), the Swingout from closed, the Promenade and ...
  8. More Lindy Hop basic moves https://img.youtube.com/vi/BavaDEeN-Zc/0.jpgMore Lindy Hop basic moves and technique Manu and Ann show the basic 6-count rhythm with triple steps and some basic figures: In this video you will find the basic 6-count in closed position, a Send-out, the basic 6-count in ...
  9. Fundamental 6-count rhythm and basic moves https://img.youtube.com/vi/USXmK5QXwCc/0.jpgFundamental 6-count rhythm and basic moves Peter Strom and Stacia show the basic 6-count rhythm with a few basic moves. The video starts with the basic 6-count but without triple steps: the “rock step, slow, slow” rhythm in side-by-side position. ...
  10. Basic 6-count moves https://img.youtube.com/vi/uDARWpHsF-Y/0.jpgBasic 6-count moves with different rhythms Peter Strom and Stacia teach the basic 6-count rhythms: first groove-walking it (also known as the “slow” rhythm), and then adding the triple step. The video starts with the basic 6-count but without triple ...
  11. 6-count rhythm basics and more moves https://img.youtube.com/vi/Fd7UIOM6wqA/0.jpg6-count rhythm basics and more moves Nicole and Kirk from The 920 Special show the basic 6-count rhythm with triple steps and a few moves. Review of the basic 6-count rhythm with triple steps. The moves in this video are: Basic ...
  12. Send out from closed position https://img.youtube.com/vi/EHubFEiS4tk/0.jpgSend out from closed Audun and Charlotte show the finer details of the “send-out” move. Follow the instructions in the video. Attention: in this variation of the “send out” the leader starts with a forward rock-step on count 1 instead of ...
  13. A few 6-count figures https://img.youtube.com/vi/91FZSR9wQKk/0.jpgLindy Hop 6-count figures Manu and Ann from The 920 Special show a few more 6-count figures with triple steps. The moves in this video are: Inside turn into closed, Underarm turn where the leader turns also (a.k.a. She Goes ...
  14. Review of fundamental 8-count moves https://img.youtube.com/vi/rfUdoXikhMc/0.jpgReview of fundamental 8-count moves Peter and Stacia show some basic 8-count Lindy Hop moves with triple steps. The moves in this video are: the Nothing, the Flip Flop, the She Goes (a.k.a. the Slingshot), the He Goes, the Lindy ...
  15. Double tuck turn from closed Double tuck turn from closed Audun and Charlotte show the double tuck turn from closed position. Follow the instructions in the video. The move in this video is the double tuck turn from closed position (a.k.a. the double spin). This is ...
  16. Swing out footwork for leaders https://img.youtube.com/vi/dtFRfucbNiA/0.jpgSwing out footwork for leaders Kenny shows the solo leaders footwork in the swingout. Follow the instructions in the video. – The swingout is the most famous move in Lindy Hop so make sure you practice your solo footwork alot. Teacher: Kenny ...
  17. Swing out Technique https://img.youtube.com/vi/88xB7bmia4Y/0.jpgSwing out Technique Marcus and Janie show the basic Swing Out. In this video you will find the basic footwork for the Swing Out move. The Swing Out is always an 8-count move. Attention: at 1min45sec in the video, the focus ...
  18. Basic Swing Out review Basic swing out review David and Cátia show the basic swingout a fundamental move in Lindy Hop. Follow the instructions in the video. The swingout is the most famous figure in Lindy Hop but is also quiet complicated so take your ...
  19. Swing Out from open position Swing Out from open position Patrick and Natasha show the Swing Out from open position leading the follower forward on count 1. The first part of the video focuses on doing underarm turns where the follower does not start with ...
  20. Lindy Circle Lindy Circle & Swing Out Kirk and Nicole review the Swing Out and the Lindy Circle. Lindy Circle from closed, Swing Out from closed, Lindy Circle from open. These are the classic all-important 8-count moves that every Lindy Hopper needs ...
  21. 20s Charleston with Variation 20s Charleston with Variation Daniel and Gabriella show the 20s Charleston basic front-to-front as well as variations. Leaders: in the basic front and back 20s Charleston face-to-face, make sure that when you touch back on count 1 with your left ...
  22. Tandem Charleston basic Tandem Charleston basic Spencer and Jessi show getting into the Tandem basic and how to get out. In Tandem Charleston, both the leader & the follower start their basic 30s Charleston by rock stepping back on the left leg. So ...
  23. Swingout Swing out from open position Kirk and Nicole show a swingout from open position. At this point you should start to mix these following moves together. The moves in this video are: – Lindy Circle from closed position. – Swingout from closed position. – ...
  24. 6 count variations 6 count variations Peter and Liza show some 6 count variations. The moves in this video are: – Crosshand Inside free turn. – Crosshand Inside turn. – Crosshand Inside turn to sneaky position. – 6-count to catch the hip bone. – Tuck turn out. Note for ...
  25. Swingout with outside turn Swing out with Outside Turns and Swivels Audrey and Brian show a Swingout with an Outside Turn and Swivels for the follower. The moves in this video are: – Swingout with Outside turn free spin. – Swingout with Outside turn (regular). – Swingout ...
  26. Triple steps and rock steps Triple step rock steps and turn drills Kenny and Abeth show some drills to practice your turns. The moves in this video are:– Rock-step triple-step rock-step triple-step (back and forth).– Rock-step triple-step rock-step triple-step (back and forth) with turns.– Rock-step ...
  27. Swingout technique https://img.youtube.com/vi/bv_Xsyy3uAY/0.jpgMore important Swing out technique Ann and Kirk show some good technique points regarding the Swingout. The moves in this video are: – The Toss Across.– 6 count Side Pass.– Swingout from open position.– Lindy Circle from open position.– Lindy Circle ...
  28. Swing Dance Partnering Swing Dance Partnering Ali and Katja show how to lead and follow direction changes in Charleston rhythm. Here Ali and Katja show how the leaders lead changes of directions in side by side position with basic Charleston footwork (also known ...
  29. Left Side Pass https://img.youtube.com/vi/6VfOAW2wbQs/0.jpgLeft Side Pass Ali and Katja show the left side pass. Important Notes:– Make sure that you keep the hand hold stable in the middle in between the leader and the follower.– Leaders lean in the direction you want your ...
  30. Hand Hold in Swing dancing https://img.youtube.com/vi/3cFPrQWFit8/0.jpgHand Hold in Swing dancing Ali and Katja show a common and very comfortable hand hold that is used in Swing dancing. Notes:– Leaders make sure that you never crush your followers hand.– Followers make sure you never hold on ...
  31. How to Lead Triple Steps https://img.youtube.com/vi/ZFVC01Sitvg/0.jpgHow to Lead Triple Steps Ali and Katja show how to lead and follow triple steps in side by side position. Notes:– Leaders to lead a triple step in side by side position make sure that you lean slightly in ...
  32. Swingout Clinic Swingout Clinic Peter and Stacia go through some important points regarding the Swingout. The Swingout is one of the most important moves in Lindy Hop and all dancers from beginner to advanced continously work on making theirs better and better. Make ...
  33. Swivels Swivels Michelle and Doug show the followers Swivels on a swingout. This is one common way of doing the Swivels also known as the twists. The Swivels are the most famous followers styling in Lindy Hop and there are many ...
  34. Swing Summit 2013 Competition Demo Swing Summit 2013 Competition Demo Here is a short video to demonstrate how an instructional video could look like. To find out more about how to win a free couple pass to Swing Summit 2013. A Lindy Hop dance camp ...
  35. Basic Swingout https://img.youtube.com/vi/R1x_vWBZCNo/0.jpgBasic Swingout David and Cátia show the basic swingout a fundamental move in Lindy Hop. Follow the instructions in the video. The swingout is the most famous figure in Lindy Hop but is also quite complicated so take your time going ...
  36. Lindy Hop Basket Lindy Hop Basket Kenny and Delilah show a move called the Lindy Hop Basket. Follow the instructions in the video. – This lindy hop basic is a great progression pattern for leaders and followers. – Leaders make sure you don’t pull hard ...
  37. Follower’s Swingout Footwork Follower’s Swingout Footwork Jesse shows the footwork for follower’s in a swingout. Follow the instructions in the video. – The swingout is the most famous move in Lindy Hop so make sure you practice your solo footwork alot. Teacher: Jesse Hanus Next Move Previous ...
  38. Basic Tandem Charleston https://img.youtube.com/vi/bN06_QrEstc/0.jpgBasic Tandem Charleston Kenny and Jesse show the basic Tandem Charleston. Follow the instructions in the video. – Tandem is often also known as Shadow Charleston, Back to Back Charleston, Back Charleston.– You will learn more about how to get into ...
  39. The Basic Collegiate Charleston Footwork https://img.youtube.com/vi/tBfvwhDg7ug/0.jpgThe Basic Collegiate Charleston Footwork Demonstrated by Hayley & Kibble The 1930’s Collegiate Charleston Footwork Basic taught in 5 minutes. Teachers: Hayley Anne Watson & Kibble If you are totally new to the swing scene you can check out the Comprehensive free ...
  40. Six Count with Triples Basic Step https://img.youtube.com/vi/ZkkPdc8kyuc/0.jpgSix Count with Triples Basic Step Demonstrated by Hayley & Kibble Six Count with Triple Steps – Footwork Basic taught less than 4 minutes. Teachers: Hayley Anne Watson & Kibble If you are totally new to the swing scene you can check ...
  41. Eight Count with Triples Basic Step https://img.youtube.com/vi/iof7JCqWZZE/0.jpgEight Count with Triples Basic Step  Demonstrated by Hayley & Kibble Eight Count with Triple Steps – Footwork Basic taught less than 5 minutes. Teachers: Hayley Anne Watson & Kibble If you are totally new to the swing scene you can check out ...

If you feel like you already know this material you can jump to the intermediate lindy hop course.