In my previous post you’ve read (you can still read it) what to teach in the first class of the Lindy Hop.
What should you teach next after you do some 8 count basic? A Swing Out? No. Hold on.
I know Swing Out is Lindy Hop and every lindy hopper should know how to swing out. But as a teacher you should be careful when you start teaching the Swing Out.
Remember, the goal of each class is to make it so good, that people would come back for a next one.
People who have just started doing Lindy Hop DO NOT care about the names, signature moves, solo routines (forget teaching them Shim Sham for a while). At least the majority doesn’t.
You should teach them how to dance. If they will keep coming to the classes, there will be plenty of time to do everything you want, everything they need and teach everything you know.
So, what should you teach next? The answer is simple. The easiest stuff your students don’t know yet and something that builds up on the stuff you have taught in the previous class.
It’s only after you’ve taught everything that’s easier than the Swing Out you should go for it. By this time they would have already heard about this magical move called the Swing Out. They will be ready, excited, they will already know how to move, lead/follow, bounce, etc. And you’ll have a blast teaching the class.
When would I teach Swing Out
Our students have 1 hour classes twice a week and only in the end of the third month they learn the Swing Out. So it’s at least 20 hours of learning everything that’s easier than the Swing Out. By that time they can do more than three moves other than the Swing Out. Guess if they have fun dancing 😉
The biggest mistake you could make is start teaching something too soon. Make a smart choice on your next class.
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Still to come in future episodes