The Push-Pull-Swing Challenge – Day 7: How To Swing Dance With A Partner?
In this day and age, there are so many different types of dances that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. However, if you’re looking for something new to try out, then swing dancing might just be what you need!
You may have heard of the term “swing” before, but did you really understand what it meant?
Well, let me explain. When someone says “swing,” they usually mean a type of dance where two partners move in unison. For example, when one person begins moving their hips back and forth while the other continues to move their feet forward and backward at a steady pace. Or perhaps one partner starts tapping their foot and the other keeps their hands held down and makes a small circle around them. These types of dances are called “push-pull.”
When it comes to swing dancing, there are three main types of movements that you’ll make: push pull, swing, and backbend. Each type has its own unique characteristics that will allow you to get into the groove of things better. So let’s take a look at each type separately!
As mentioned above, this is when both partners move in unison.
Keeping your hands at your side while moving your hips in a fashion that could be compared to a ticking clock is considered the push movement. From there, you can make the pulling movement by moving your arms up and back down again in a circular fashion while keeping your core tight. Just remember to keep your shoulders loose and your body relaxed while you do this.
Before you get too technical with dance moves, it’s important that you and your partner get the footwork down first. All dancing starts with the feet before moving up to the legs, hips, and arms. It’s when you’ve got the basics down that you can start having fun and making the dance your own.
There are two types of swinging; the single and the double. You’ve probably already heard of the single. It’s when one person moves back and forth while the other person stays in place to create the push-and-pull motion. However, dancing with just one partner can get a little dull.
That’s why it’s recommended that you learn how to do the double as well. This is when both partners dance back and forth at the same time.
Have you ever heard of break dancing?
Well, this might as well be called “break dancing” except with a partner. When the backbend is executed, one person lifts their leg up in the air and rests it on the other person’s shoulders. From there, the second person places their hand on the raised leg for support. From here, the two dancers are free to move in any direction they want.
With these three types of swing dance moves, you’ll never run out of fun and exciting ways to dance with your friends and significant others! So get ready to have a blast and get into the groove because this is one experience you definitely won’t want to miss out on!
So you’ve decided that swing dancing is the activity for you and your friends. That’s great! Not many people can say they’ve given dance a chance in their lives, so you should be commended for even trying it out in the first place. But there are so many different types of swing dance out there to try.
So which one do you start out with?
The Charleston is one of those dances that’s so easy, a baby could learn it. Of course, a baby probably couldn’t learn the more complex dances out there, but that’s besides the point. This is the dance that most people think of when they hear the word “dance.” It’s got a great jazzy feel to it and can really get you going!
It’s perfect for anyone looking to just cut loose and have some fun. It’s also great for dancing with a group of people. Just make sure you and your friends all agree on the dance beforehand. Nothing is worse than a group of people trying to dance to different songs at the same time.
The Charleston also goes by different names depending on where you live in the world, but once you learn the steps, you can easily transfer it over to any other variation of it.
The Collegiate Shag
Do you like to party? Do you like to have a good time? Do you like to get up and dance whenever a song comes on that you really like?
Well then, the Collegiate Shag is definitely the dance for you!
The Collegiate Shag is an extremely fun form of swing dancing that’s great for people who just want to relax and have a good time. It’s so easy to learn that you could probably pick it up just by watching someone do it a couple times. Most people think that you need to be a certain age in order to do it, but that’s not true at all.
It also allows people to let go of their stress while doing something fun. There are some moves involved, but nothing too difficult. In fact, the only difficult thing about this dance is finding room to do it. Since it’s so popular among high school and college students, there isn’t always enough floor space to accommodate them all.
But if you can find a spot, get ready to boogie down!
Do you consider yourself a hipster? Are you always in the know when it comes to the latest underground bands? Do your friends consider you the “cool friend”?
Well then, the Jitterbug is definitely the dance for you!
It may look like a lot of fun and that’s because it is. This is the ultimate dance for anyone looking to get out on the floor and cut loose. It’s fun and exciting, and it has a great fast-paced beat that gets everyone involved. It’s an extremely fun dance to do, but one must always be wary of others on the floor who aren’t dancing.
This is because the Jitterbug requires a lot of floor space to do it properly.
It also helps if you wear clothes that are easy to move in, since you’ll be making many quick movements with your feet and legs. If you have a lot of room around you and your ears are currently being assaulted by some horrible noise, then you’ve come to the right place!
It may seem strange to hear upbeat music in a place like this, but this is actually a very common practice amongst jitterbugs. A lot of them like to dance for fun and exercise. You may even want to dance a little bit yourself after you see how much fun it can be!
Hi there! I’m Rudy and I’m going to be your dance instructor for today.
Are you ready to learn the Jitterbug?
= launch into “The Jitters” = ask Rudy to slow down a bit
No problem! We’ll take it nice and slow in the beginning, so you can get the feel for the basics. From there we’ll move on to more complicated steps and other variations. This is going to be so much fun!
If you’re ready to get started, then let’s do it! Take my hand and we’ll start with how to hold your partner for the Jitterbug.
Just slide your right hand down the girl’s waist while holding onto her left hand with your left hand. Make sure you’re facing each other with a little space in between your bodies. That’s how you start the dance, and we’ll come back to that position later on. For now let’s move on to the walking steps.
These can also be called the “Travelling Steps”. While holding the position I just told you to do, take a small step forward with your left foot. Then bring your right foot beside it so you’re back in the original position. Make sure you’re facing each other and you should be doing this in rhythm to the music.
Now try it with me. Okay, now that you’ve had an idea of how it’s done, I’ll go a little bit faster for you. We’ll start with the right foot this time.
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – Left, right…and that’s it for now! You’re getting the hang of it already!
Now we’ll move on to the fun part, the turn. This is what makes the Jitterbug so much fun! We’re going to do a Side Pass Cross for your first try, so listen up.
The girl is going to cross in front of you from your right to your left, and then you’re going to cross behind her back to the right and end up in front again.
Good. Now, while you’re crossing in front of her, keep your left arm wrapped around her back and grab her hand with your right hand. I’ll wait here…
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6…NOW! Right, pass…and now left, behind…in front!
There you go!
Great job! You’ve just completed your first Jitterbug move! Now it’s my turn to show you. I’m going to spin the girl from left to right, then I’m going to cross behind her back to the left and end up in front.
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7…NOW! Left, spin…and cross behind…in front!
Easy isn’t it?
Okay, let’s go through it again, but this time we’re going to do it with speed.
1 – 2 – 3 – 4…and 5 – 6 – 7 – 8! Now we’re going to do it faster…1 – 2 – 3 – 4…and 5 – 6 – 7…and 8! There you go, nice and fast.
Are you ready to try it on your own?
It’s easy, I swear. All you have to do is listen to the beat of the music and count out the steps as I’ve been doing. 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8…and 1 – 2 – 3 – 4…and 5 – 6…and 7…and 8!
You’re getting it! Here, I’ll spin you so you can get the feel of it. Be ready to cross behind me though. 1…2…3…Spin!
1…2…3…Cross! But first we’ll slow it down again with a couple walking steps.
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