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Lindy Hop Follower? Here’s 9 reasons why you should learn to Lead too!



Leading and Following in Lindy Hop are both fun roles with a different – but equally challenging – set of skills and different outlets for creativity. Typically students choose a role in their first class and stick with that role forever. But at JazzMAD we encourage all our students to learn and social dance both roles. If you take our Swing Dance Beginners Course you will learn to Lead and to Follow from day one. And all our higher level classes use gender neutral language to support students dancing in non-traditional roles. There’s so many reasons learning both roles is a good idea – technically, musically, creatively, socially! Continue reading Lindy Hop Follower? Here’s 9 reasons why you should learn to Lead too!

Al and Leon in Ebony Magazine 1961

In March, Sharon Davis is teaching the Al & Leon Shim Sham for JazzMAD. This is a must-know vintage jazz routine for all swing dancers. It’s also a lot of fun, with sweet rhythms and plenty of opportunity to inject your own character into the choreography.

Here you can see Al Minns and Leon James demonstrating classic jazz steps for the August 1961 edition of Ebony Magazine…

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