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Leveling Up

Wondering if it's time to "level up" from A to B class, or B to C class?

To graduate from the Portland Swing Project A-level classes, you should be confident in the following material:

Beginning 6-Count Lindy Hop


Note: All material listed below can be found on our YouTube channel from any "Beginning 6-Count Swing" class session. Please follow links as well.
​Here's an example (watching recaps #1-#7 will show you most of the moves below).
Six-count basic footwork with triple steps
Rotating basics
Send out
Send in
Tuck turn
Pass by / side pass
Underarm turn to close
Cuddle / Sweetheart
Open tuck turn
Open / handshake side pass or passby
Frankie Sixes
Single rhythm basic footwork with no triple steps

Beginning 8-Count Lindy Hop


Note: All material listed below can be found on our YouTube channel from any "Beginning Lindy Hop" class session. Here's an example (watching recaps #1-#7 will show you most of the moves below)
Eight-count basic Lindy Hop footwork in closed
Flip flop
Lead in front and back to closed
Follow in front and back to closed
Promenade with either lead or follow in front
Swingout from closed
Swingout from open
Lindy circle
Rhythm breaks (mess around, lowdowns, points)

Beginning Charleston


Note: All material listed below can be found on our YouTube channel from any "Beginning Charleston" class session. 
Here's an ex
ample (watching recaps #1-#7 will show you most of the moves below)
Basic eight-count Charleston in closed
Kick up
Kick through
Hand to hand Charleston
Kick around
Entrance to tandem
Basic tandem
Butterfly tandem exit

A-Level solo jazz steps (you don’t need to demonstrate these to level up, but you will need them in the B class):

heel steps, Tackie Annie, jazz square/box, shouts/hallelujah rocks, single kick steps, double kick steps, leader Charleston footwork, lock turn, boogie back, boogie forward, mess around, lowdowns.
To practice all of these steps, you can review your A-Level solo jazz routines online here: A1, A2 and A3.
 
To graduate from the Portland Swing Project B-Level class, you should be confident in the following:

How to mix 6-count moves with 8-count moves, and creating 8-count moves out of 6-count moves - See any class folder titled "Mixing 6s and 8s" like this one.
Clean footwork
Leading and following forward steps vs back steps
Good connection skills
Sugar push
Swingout with inside turn on the second half of the swingout
Swingout with outside turn on the second half of the swingout
Texas Tommy and variations
Swingouts with footwork variations (varies by session)
Promenades w/ turns
Frankie Scoots
Swivels for follows
Floorcraft skills (directed swingouts)
Kick up/skip up with peel away turn
Hand to hand Charleston with intentional miss of the hand and a kick around turn
Tandem variations (varies by session)
Chase (ten-count) entrance to tandem
Charleston closed/side by side variations (varies by session)
Airplane Charleston
Charleston Swingouts 
Concept of 6-count Charleston
Charleston Sailor Step
Minne dip (at 2:30)

B-Level solo jazz steps (you don’t need to demonstrate these to level up, but you will need them in the C class): Suzie Qs, swivels, pecks, fishtails, skates, Shim Sham (whole routine), foot drags (Shim Sham step), full break, pushes and crossovers, tacky Annie, half break, boogie back, boogie forward, Shorty George, squat Charleston, jump Charleston, scarecrow Charleston, applejacks, slip slop, fall off the log, scissor kicks, spank the baby.

These lists seem long, but they are not meant to be intimidating! If you have learned all these skills, you should be proud of what you have accomplished. If you feel unsure of following or leading any of these moves (or you’re not sure what they are), please consider referring to the recap videos that can be found on the Portland Swing Project YouTube channel

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