Kath McGuire's 8-Count LindyHop Notes for Autumn 2019


Week 1: 19 Oct 2019

Getting Into Position

8 count Lindy is quite relaxed. Keep your knees bent; relax. The follower stands on the leader's right hand side. The follower lifts both arms in the air; the leader places their right hand on the follower's left shoulder blade; the follower drops their arms down (the left arm drops behind the leader's right). Where the leader's right arm touches the follower's left arm is the connection point; both dancers need to keep the connection here. The follower bends their left arm at the elbow and puts their hand lightly on the leader's arm. During the basic, the leader and follower open out slightly on the rock step and are almost facing each other on the remaining steps.

8 Count Basic

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2LR back rockRL back rock
3,4,53a4LRL triple to leftRLR triple to right
6,75,6RL in placeLR in place
8,9,107a8RLR triple to rightLRL triple to left


Week 2: 26 Oct 2019

We recapped the basic that we had done last week. We also looked at how the leader can move the couple to turn to the left or to the right. Don't worry about amount of turn, just drift a little in either direction. It's important for the leaders to use their right arm on the follower's back so the leader can bring the follower with them. The followers should make sure to do their steps under their own body. If the leader moves you to your right then triple to the right, if the leader moves you forward then triple forward, etc.

We did He Goes and the Flip Flop. For those who did the second half we did She Goes as well.

We talked a little about the ball-flat variation. This can be used instead of the triple step by either leaders or followers. It can be really helpful when dancing to really fast tracks and can add a different style to the dance (even at slow speeds).

He Goes

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2 LR rock - the leader lets the follower
rock back further than usual
RL rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple - the leader triples
in front of the follower
RLR triple (leader moves in front)
6,75,6 RL rock - the leader rocks back
and holds the follower in front of them
LR rock forward
8,9,107a8 RLR triple - the leader closes to the follower LRL triple (slightly back)

She Goes

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2LR rockRL rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple (on the spot)
the leader brings the follower in front
RLR triple (moves in front of leader)
6,75,6 RL rock - the leader rocks forward
and holds the follower in front of them
LR rock back
8,9,107a8 RLR triple (on the spot) - the leader brings
the follower back to their side to close
LRL triple (moves back to leader's side)

Flip Flop

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2 LR rock - at the end of the rock step
the leader leads the follower to face them
RL rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple - the triple step is sideways facing partner,
at the end of the triple the leader puts their left hand
on the follower's back and pushes open with their right hand
RLR triple (facing partner)
6,75,6 RL rock - this rock step is side by side, at the end of
the rock step the leader leads the follower to face them
LR rock
8,9,107a8 RLR triple - the triple step is sideways facing partner,
at the end of the triple the leader puts their right hand
on the follower's back and pushes open with their left hand
to return to normal hold
LRL triple (facing partner)


Week 3: 2 Nov 2019

We recapped the basic step that we have done in previous weeks. We also did the Lindy Circle which starts and ends in closed hold and makes a full turn. However, Lindy doesn't have to be particularly precise; so it doesn't matter if you make more or less than a full turn.

We also looked at the send out from closed. It's very similar to the Lindy Circle, but the leader lets go of the follower (with their right arm) at the end of the first triple step. The follower just keeps on moving curving in the directions they were going in, the leader keeps turning a bit too and finishes opposite their partner in open hold (leader's left hand to follower's right). The notes below give some specific detail about technique that we didn't cover in the lesson.

We then did the basic to close from open back into closed hold.

You can do as many basics or Lindy Circles as you like. You can do a send out from closed after a basic or a Lindy Circle. You can use the basic to close up again and then keep reeating basics or Lindy Circles.

Lindy Circle

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2LR rockRL rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple (in front of follower) RLR triple (in front of leader)
6,75,6 RF back and turn 1/4,
opening with right shoulder, hip and foot
and bringing follower with them (lead with right arm);
LF step in place, still turning and maintaining hold
LR forward
8,9,107a8 RLR triple sideways - to right,
altering alignment as required
LRL triple sideways

Send Out from closed

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2 LR rock - the leader lets the follower
rock back further than usual
RL rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple (in front of follower) RLR triple (on the spot)
6,75,6 RF back and turn 1/4,
opening with right shoulder, hip and foot
and bringing follower with them (lead with right arm);
LF step in place, still turning but releasing right hand
LR back
8,9,107a8 RLR triple (on the spot) -
possibly moving forward or slightly back
to adjust for alignment and distance to follower
LRL triple (on the spot)

Basic Close from open

StepTimingLeaderFollower
1,21,2 LR back rock - start openRL back rock
3,4,53a4 LRL triple to left - bring the follower
towards you and triple towards the follower
RLR triple to right
6,75,6 RL in place - with your right arm
take your follower back into hold
LR in place
8,9,107a8RLR triple to rightLRL triple to left


Kath McGuire - Associate UKA Ballroom - dance@kathmcguire.co.uk