Resources

Welcome to the resources section of the website. This is (hopefully) an organised section of resources and references that will help you in our class and beyond.

If we've talked about it or love it then you will find it on this page!

If there is anything on this page you would like to see or add to, please email us through at

Charleston

We have taught many different Charleston / Authentic Jazz moves and routines over the years. Below are a list of resources for most of these that we have covered. If there is any specific Bellehopper routine you are interested in , please email

Charleston Jam Moves

A list of moves we have covered in our jam class.

Basics

  • Charleston basic with foot wave movement
  • Kick and Flick
  • Sweep and Circle

In's and Out's

  • Apple Jacks
  • Boogie Back
  • Boogie Forward
  • Break-a-leg
  • Scarecrow
  • Shorty George
  • Skip Ups
  • Truckin’
  • Walking

Side to Side

  • Fall of the Log
  • Pecks
  • Spank the Baby
  • Suzie Q
  • Tick Tock

In the middle

  • Cool Breeze
  • Freezes
  • Itches
  • Knee Slaps (single and double)
  • Kicks (single and double)
  • Messaround
  • Paddles
  • Shag Hop
  • Shim Sham
  • Tacky Annies

This is a great video resource - Alphabetical Jazz Steps (Stuart Collins, Jesse Braxton & Sandra Morrow demonstrating after Philly's Tuesday dance at LaB)

Famous routines we have referenced in class –

Shim Sham

Video references of different shim shams –

Tranky Doo

Video references of the tranky doo –

Charleston Stroll

Jitterbug Stroll

New York Stroll

Bellehoppers Routines

  • Sailor with the navy blue eyes
  • Four or five times
  • Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
  • Shake that thing

Lindy Hop Beginners

This is the basic structure of what you will cover in our 12 week beginner class.
*Subject to last minute brain waves and on the spot “creative” moves.

Class Structure

  • Basic Fundamentals
  • Position and footwork (lead and follow)
  • Basic movements
  • Swing out (open and closed position)
  • Lindy circle
  • Send out from closed position
  • Follow’s turn from closed position
  • Side by Side 30’s Charleston
  • Swing out variations
  • Side by side 30’s Charleston variations
  • Lead and follow styling

Lindy Hop Improvers

Time to take it to the next level. This class is about learning much more about swing dancing. We focus not just on moves but also on your connection, improvisation and musicality. All the right ingredients for some good social dancing.
*Also subject to "anything goes!"

Class Structure

  • Swing out variations (part deux)
  • Connection and position
  • Dynamic frame
  • Basic Tandem Charleston
  • Variations on tandem
  • Hand to hand Charleston
  • Variations on hand to hand
  • 20s Charleston basics and variations
  • Fancy footwork
  • Playing with musicality
  • Rhythm changes
  • Turns and spins

Other dance styles

Many other dance styles evolved in the same era as the Charleston and Lindy Hop. We touched on a good few in our August workshops and you can normally see us dancing these out and about.

  • Boogie Woogie
  • Collegiate Shag
  • 1920’s Charleston
  • Blues
  • Peabody
  • Balboa

A search on Youtube will bring up some great videos on these styles.


Music

As you can probably tell from class, we have as much love for the music as we have for the dancing. We particularly enjoy listening and dancing to the music in the early decades of the 20th Century. Below is a small sample of the many songs we use in the Charleston and Lindy Hop classes but we encourage you to explore the abundance of artists and bands out there, both old and new!

Charleston

  • Joshua fit the battle of Jericho - Sidney Bechet
  • That’s A-Plenty – Sidney Bechet
  • Georgia Swing – Jelly Roll Morton & The Red Hot Peppers
  • My Woman – Al Bowlly
  • It Ain’t Right – Stuff Smith
  • Tuxedo Junction – Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (Shim Sham song)
  • T’aint what you do (it’s the way that you do it) – Chick Webb & His Orchestra (Shim Sham song)
  • The Dipsy Doodle – Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald (Tranky Doo song)

Lindy Hop

  • Swingin’ on Nothin’ – Tommy Dorsey
  • One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
  • Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well – Wynonie Harris
  • Lavender Coffin - Lionel Hampton
  • Rhythm is our Business – Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
  • All of Me – Billie Holiday

Fashion

Follow our boards on Pinterest for inspiration on the decades of vintage fashion.


Inspirational Dancers

So many to choose from! Here is a small list but I'm sure it will get longer in time. But just to start you off....