Basic 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 and out off Tandem in the Intermediate section.
- When in Tandem make sure that you swing your arms in a relaxed manner

Teachers: Kenny Nelson and Jesse Hanus
www.swingindenver.com and http://www.jessehanus.com

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Advanced Tandem

Kenny and Delilah show an advanced Tandem exit into closed position, a spin variation from a texas tommy and a fast leaders spin variation.

This video contains a advanced Tandem variation, an advanced spin variation from a swingout with a texas tommy as well as an advenced leaders spin variation.

Teachers: Kenny Nelson and Delilah
www.swingindenver.com and http://www.boulderswingdance.com

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Reverse Tandem

Frank and Ufuk show an interesting Tandem intro variation they call “The real world Tandem”.

This is a variation on the Chase into Tandem Charleston move where instead of the follower ending up in front of the leader the leader ends up on front.

They also show a nice transition back into “normal” Tandem as well as an exit from Tandem.

p.s. don’t mind the long handshake sequence in the middle.

Teacher: Frank Lutz and Ufuk Karatepe
www.SwingStep.com and www.swingtv.net

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Intermediate advanced Tandem variation

Mike and Casey show some intermediate advanced Tandem variation (tandem is also known as back charleston).

Full sequence:

Breakdown of the moves
A) Hitch Hiker:

B) Tandem entry:

C) Tandem Lead Follow Exchange:

The moves in this video are:
- Hitch hiker.
- Tandem entry.
- Tandem Lead Follow Exchange.

Follow the instructions in the video.

Teachers: Mike Faltesek and Casey Schneider
http://www.falty.com/Old%20Site/Home.html and http://www.caseyschneider.com/

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Around the World Tandem Charleston

Patrick and Natasha show the Around the World tandem Charleston move.

This move is a variation of the classic tandem Charleston. On the first rock step back, the leader raises the left arm of the follower and they both start a turning motion… that you can check on the video.

First the move is explained then performed (1:06 you can see what it looks like).

Teachers: Patrick Szmidt and Natasha Ouimet
http://patrickandnatasha.com/en

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The Windshield Wiper from tandem

Daniel and Gabriella show a move called the Windshield Wiper from tandem.

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In this tandem Charleston variation, the leader leads the follow in a half-turn on count 3 and 4. Both the leader and the follower kick to the side on count 5 but then return to a basic tandem position on count 7.

Followers make sure that your arms are relaxed in the tandem so that you don’t block the leader from leading this move.

Teachers: Daniel Newsome and Gabriella Cook
http://www.FreeSwingDanceLessons.com

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Push out from tandem Charleston

Kenny and Jesse show a Push out from tandem Charleston which they call the Yoyo Tandem Charleston variation.

In this tandem Charleston variation, the leader places his left hand on the follower’s back and gently pushes her out on count 2 of a basic tandem, and gets her back in a basic tandem position on count 8.

Teachers: Kenny Nelson and Jesse Hanus
www.swingindenver.com and www.jessehanus.com

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30s Charleston moves including Tandem

Peter and Liz show some Charleston variations including Tandem.

The moves are:
- Basic side by side 30s Charleston;
- Tuck turn with a leader spin into right-to-right hand catch to Kick Through;
- The Chase (a.k.a. “S” Turn) into Tandem Charleston;
- Basic Tandem;
- throw out exit from Tandem into right to right hand catch to Kick Through.

Breakdown of leader’s footwork for a basic 30s Charleston.

count 1. – Rock (Left foot)
count 2. – Step (Right foot)
count 3. – Kick forward (Left foot)
count 4. – Step (Left foot)
count 5. – Kick forward (Right foot)
count 6. – Collect (Right foot)
count 7. – Kick backward (Right foot)
count 8. – Step (Right foot)
[followers replace the left foot with your right and vice versa for your footwork!]

Teachers: Peter Strom and Liz
http://www.uptownswing.net

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California routine part 9

Patrick & Natasha show the California routine part 9.

This is the ninth part of the California routine. You are almost done with it ;)

  • basic Tandem
  • A-frame jump (also called the jump for joy)
  • around the world charleston
  • a basic tandem
  • a push out outro from Tandem.

Teachers: Patrick Szmidt & Natasha Ouimet

Youtube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/PatrickAndNatasha

The song this routine is often danced to is “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” by Count Basie.

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California routine part 8

Patrick & Natasha show the California routine part 8.

This is the eight section of the California routine.

  • stomp off
  • intro to the Tandem charleston

Teachers: Patrick Szmidt & Natasha Ouimet

Youtube Channel:
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The song this routine is often danced to is “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” by Count Basie.

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