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Lindy Hop Jitterbug dance couple

How to improve your Lindy hop with solo jazz: 8 ways

Solo jazz is one of the best ways to help you improve your Lindy Hop. Lindy hop is a partnered dance that gives a lot of freedom to each partner. Even when dancing in close position or in a break away or swing out, there is so much freedom to improvise and express the music with your feet. Every single great Lindy hopper in the old times and now…


Charleston Dancers, Charleston dance contest in front of St. Louis City Hall, 13 November 1925

How to do the Charleston?

The Charleston dance was "The King of dances" in 20th century and had a huge influence on American culture.  In this blog you can find out different ways of how to do the dance, its technique and footwork. Charleston dance history Charleston is a name of the city, dance style, step and song. Scholars attribute the spread and invention of the…


Jenkins Orphanage band, the history of The Charleston dance and step

The history of the Charleston dance 

Any of us that dance swing surely love the Charleston dance! But so few of us know the history, where the dance originated. Although we all have an image of white rich flapper girls, dancing the charleston, smoking cigarettes and smiling on screen, do we really know who invented the first steps that came to be The Charleston dance? How did the…


ksenia parkhatskaya solo jazz dancer in a turn

How to improve your turns in solo jazz dance as a beginner

If you are a beginner, to improve your turns in solo jazz, first you need to focus on the basic techniques of turns. Preparation and spotting are the 2 most important elements of turning. In this blog you will discover the essential tips for improving your turns. If it doesn’t look easy it is that we have not tried hard enough yet Fred Astaire…


The 3 most famous flappers and how they changed the image of a woman

“Flippant flapper, trim and dapper, naughty, haughty, chic man-trapper. All together now, boys, ‘Has she got IT? Well, I guess. Clara! Clara! Yes! Yes! Yes!’ ”  - The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio Flappers made huge leaps forward in economic, sexual and political freedoms for women. Colleen Moore, Clara Bow and Louise Brooks were the 3…