Jazz steps & fast dancing

This week we focused on fast dancing by working on individual as well as shared dance issues.  We learned a short sequence and then danced it to faster and faster songs.  Congrats to all of you for becoming more driven when the music became too fast, instead of being discouraged.  Great attitudes all around!We started the class with a round robin of jazz steps…but when no one could think of any, we decided to brainstorm them all together.  Here’s what we came up with (jazz steps, movements, and misc things):

  •  Fish tails
  • Spank the baby
  • Shorty George
  • Tacky Annie
  • Jump Charleston
  • Pushes
  • Cross overs
  • Helicopter
  • Apple Jacks
  • Stomp off
  • Kick ball change
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Itches
  • Fall off the log
  • Box step
  • Knee slaps
  • Camel walks
  • Heel pop
  • Boogie down
  • Boogie forward
  • Boogie back
  • Tick tock
  • Cakewalk
  • “Blues walk” (strut)
  • Lock step (& turn)
  • Suzie Q
  • Pickin’ apples
  • Rocks
  • Skates
  • Shoe shine
  • Corkscrew
  • Ochos
  • Lolly kicks
  • Break a leg
  • Pimp walk
  • Pecking
  • Gaze afar
  • “Sumo”
  • Eagle slide
  • Scoot
  • Swivels
  • Runs
  • Hitch
  • Matrix dip
  • Heel click
  • Trucking
  • Rusty Dusty
  • Mess around
  • Shimmy
  • Low downs
  • Charlie Brown
  • Rubber legs
  • Crazy legs
  • Rocking horse
  • Half break
  • Thrusts
  • Black bottom
  • Crab walk
  • Paddles
  • Pushes
  • Drags
  • Sweeps
  • Heel slide
  • V-slide

This is by no means an exhaustive list of jazz steps, just what we thought of on that day.  We’re going to continue with round robins to keep these jazz steps fresh in our minds, and we’ll go over the more tricky ones to be sure that everyone can do them.  We’ll also ad to the list every week of course.  Yay, solo jazz rules! 


Cours sur les compétitions de danse

Great job this past week everyone. It’s never easy to go out there and dance while being watched and judged.

I posted on my dance blog about the class, read it here: Lindy U class on dance competitions.

Un vidéo des jazz steps de Mumu

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Prof invité: Mélanie “Mumu” Huot-Lavoie

Salut tout le monde,

Alors, le cours du 22 octobre à eu un prof invité: Mumu. Elle vous a enseigné le début de routine qu’elle a préparé avec Alain Wong qu’ils ont présenté au ULHS et ALHC 2007: des pas de Jazz qui ont été très musicals.

N’oubliez pas que cette semaine est une pause pour la session et donc il n’y aura pas de cours le 25 octobre. Donc, on se voit le 1er novembre pour le dernier cours avec Sylwia et moi.

À bientôt,



Hello everyone,

So, we had a guest teacher on October 22nd: Mumu. She taught you the beginning of the routine that she and Alain Wong choreographed and presented at this year’s ULHS and ALHC: very musical Jazz steps.

Don’t forget that there is no class this week due to a one week break in the session, and we will therefore resume the classes on November 1st for the last class with Sylwia and I.

See you soon,


Connection, part deux

Bonjour tout le monde,

Voici le matériel que nous avons vu au cours du mercredi 10 octobre. Puisque Sylwia et moi pensons que la connection est un sujet étendu, nous avions décidé d’en parler plus durant ce cours.

  • Sugar-push:
    • Nous avons utilisé ce mouvement pour expliqué plusieurs principes de compression et tension. Spécifiquement, de créer et MAINTENIR une compression/tension pour les cavaliers, et d’attendre la prochaine énergie pour les cavalières.
  • Swing-out:
    • Nous avons demandé aux cavaliers de rallentir les cavalières à la fin du swing-out pour créer une énergie (une tension) mais de la MAINTENIR constament.

C’était un gros plaisir. Merci!



Hi everyone,

Here’s the stuff we covered last Wednesday October 10th. Since Sylwia and I felt that connection is an extensive topic, we decided to cover it again during this class.

  • Sugar-push:
    • We used this move to explain several principals of compression and tension. Specifically, to create and MAINTAIN compression/tension for leaders, and to wait for the next lead for the follows.
  • Swing-out
    • We asked the leaders to slow down the follows at the end of the Swing-out to create an energy (tension) but to MAINTAIN it constantly.

It was a real pleasure. Thanks!



Bonjour à tous!

Je suis très heureuse de vous annoncer que Mumu (Mélanie Huot-Lavoie) sera la première prof invitée de la session, cette semaine! J’y serai également pour collecter votre deuxième paiement.

À mercredi!

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Hello all!

I’m very happy to annouce that Mumu (Mélanie Huto Lavoie) will be our first guest teacher this Wednesday! I will also be there to collect your second payment.

And now back to your regularly scheduled teacher-updates.

Sylwia and Adrian in the hizzouse

Salut gang! La semaine passée nous avons eu la chance d’avoir Adrian parmi nous avec ses exercises de contrôle du haut du corps. My personal experience has shown me that the more body awareness and control I have, the better my lindy hop is in terms of styling, spins and aerials. A lot of the stuff Adrian showed in his warm up (done to some funk music including Sly and the Family Stone) is basic body awareness and muscular maleability that allow you to move your body in opposition – this creates great shapes and gives you so much control!

Côté application, nous avons mis les leads au défi avec une passe complexe qui utilise le principe d’opposition. Pour les filles, on a travaillé l’équilibre et le momentum dans un contexte de ‘taking charge’. This is different than backleading. Taking charge is when a follow clearly says with her movement ‘Hey, I’ve got this cool idea, so listen and go with it’ and the lead, well, the lead listens and goes with it. For leads, the going with it part is key. While follows are blithely throwing their body weight around, leads need to react to the shifts with counterbalance and, most importantly, take control at an opportune moment. Remember that the follow will not actually lead stuff! What she will do is create energy that leads can shape.