Tips & Tricks Thursday: Swing-out Variations with Mike Faltesek & Nina Gilkenson
I believe this is from a recent Seoul workshop. The Korean Lindy hop scene, I’m told, is absolutely spectacular. I wish I had the same level of dedication as the stories I’ve heard about the scene.
Anyway, the teaching method they use here focuses on the groove walk style of teaching footwork variations rather than counts. Dax and Sarah had the same style of teaching when they came and hosted a workshop in New York a few weeks ago. It’s odd, for me. I came up learning Lindy hop using counts—one two three and four five six seven and eight—instead of groove walks—whoom pah whoom-pah-dah whoom pah whoom-pah-dah. But I can also see how effective the latter style of teaching can be. Instead of focusing on a count in your head, you’re taught to respond to more musical cues. It also helps you to keep your focus on the music and recognize patterns that would work with your own variations.
I also love just playing with it in my head now to see what variations I can think of. Instead of “one two three and four FIVE … and seven and eight” it becomes “whoom pah whoom pah dah WHOOM … pah dah pah dah.” Or instead of some pattern going “ONE … and three and four FIVE … and seven and eight” it could be “WHOOM … pah dah pah dah WHOOM … pah dah pah dah.” I can go on endlessly like this. Ignore me.