6-COUNT JUMP PATTERN: identical to 6-count Lindy Hop
kick patterns. Plenty of pulse on each beat. Rock-Step
Kick-Step Kick-Step. For added frolic,
you can hop or skip, get air, not just pulse,
on each beat. Use the toe muscles: hops can be very
small and mellow, or big for high energy feel. In RETRO
SWING, there is a simultaneous kick forward with the
other foot when the lead foot rocks back. Interestingly, every
so often one of our students comes up with it on her/his own,
insisting they had never seen it elsewhere. Thanks to Sonny
Watson for describing this pattern to me.
Kick from the knee, as in modern Charleston technique. Having timed the
full weight to always be on the EVEN beats, the "back-beat," a
rockin', trancey groove results. The weight shift settles in on the even beats, and it goes well to the music.
SKIP-STEP: traveling in a line across the floor, the kick-step can be a walk-step, or if we are getting air from hopping, it morphes into a skip-step. Thanks
to Skippy Blair, for a conversation that eventually led to this key
tidbit: the fun of skipping! Skips are normally low, close
to the floor.
TAP-STEP: Maintaining a nice pulse, and instead of kicking, swing
the foot easily a few inches forward, and touch or tap the heel lightly
. This circumvents beginners' natural tendency to kick vigorously and
wildly. It is also a good mellow groove. A heel touch is more natural than a toe touch in the forward direction.
difference between Ithaca Jumpswing and Skippy's is that this one has
CHARLESTON - and plenty of it. Charleston feels really good at
up-tempos 180-220 bpm. Lots of well-known variations are available. The
default:1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 Rock-Step Kick front-Step Kick front-Kick back-Step. In
my beginning years, I shared a common musician's delusion that the
8-count dance pattern had to begin on beat 1 of the 8-count musical
phrase. How refreshing to begin the 8 ct dance pattern on ANY of the
odd beats in the 8-count musical phrase, an easy and satisfying to
segue 6 to 8, 8 to 6 count.
SHAG IDEAS: Lots
of the Collegiate Shag moves work nicely in Jump. For
dancing in "mush" (as close as you can get) position,
the ROCK STEP becomes a STEP-STEP. Use high back flicks or brushes,
and it looks a lot like Collegiate Shag. also morphs nicely
into Balboa, with its delayed weight shift basic.
PICK-UP BEAT: emphasizing the pickup
beat or upbeat, the step before the
Rock-Step, the feel of hitting beat "8" as in the
Shim Sham, very groovy!
CONNECTION: We like the feel of a continual leveraged
connection in open position basic, rather than the push-pull of '50s
Rock 'n' Roll dance, or the way that many teach Triple Swing. This
approach gives more freedom for footwork variation, and subtler
perception of each other's rhythm. We only lead the rock-step when
necessary, rather than every single pattern (redundant). Special
thanks to Aswin van den Berg for teaching me this groovy connection.
SPINS: use a STEP-SPIN instead of a KICK-STEP.
No change needed for turning (vs. spinning)
FANCY FOOTWORK: plenty!
LIFTS, DIPS, DROPS, AERIALS: of course!