Rhythm Basics

Lindy Hop has an eight count basic. Leads should start on the left foot, and follows should start on the right. The basic then changes weight for each of the following syllables:

  • Rock      (1)
  • Step       (2)
  • Trip        (3)
  •    -ple     (and)
  • Step       (4)
  • Step       (5)
  • Step       (6)
  • Trip        (7)
  •    -ple     (and)
  • Step.     (8)

To begin, the lead should rock step and lead this rhythm in place. As the lead and follow become comfortable with the basic footwork, the lead can start leading the footwork in a circle or around the room. The more comfortable you are with moving in any direction, the better you’ll get at Lindy Hop.

Rhythm Basics – Straight Line

Start in closed position. The lead should rock step on the left & the follow on the right. Triple step forward together, rock step to change directions, and triple step back together. Continue indefinitely.

Rhythm Basics – Lead Goes

Start in closed position. The lead rock steps on the left foot (1); as he triple steps forward, he should move in front of the follow (the last step of the triple step will be on count 4). It is important to square off your shoulders. The lead will then rock step and change directions so that he returns to “normal” by the end of the eight counts.

Rhythm Basics – Follow Goes

Start in closed position.  The lead rock steps on the right foot; as he triple steps forward, the lead should bring the follow in front of him. He will rock step to stall the momentum. On the return triple step, the lead should bring the follow back to the “normal” position.

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