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World of Swing DVD #15 - Hollywood Style 1
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World of Swing DVD #15 - Hollywood Style 1

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Barbl Kaufer, Marcus Koch
Beginner, Intermediate
Lindy Hop
Running Time:
177 minutes
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Hollywood Style is a recent name for a great original style of Lindy Hop that was danced in many Hollywood movies of the 40s and 50s. It was introduced by Dean Collins on the West Coast around 1938. Dean learned to Lindy Hop at Harlem s Savoy Ballroom and created a distinctive and attractive style, which blossomed when he started dancing with Jewel McGowan. Dean and Jewel along with many other dancers performed this smooth, stylish, and energetic version in many movies significantly influencing swing dancing back then and now. Hot swiveling girls and swing music created a recipe that s hard to resist. Content: This video doesn t require any prior swing dance experience. It starts from the beginning and continues into intermediate level. You will learn the typical steps that form the character of Hollywood Style. Marcus & Bärbl present a solid foundation and give you a feeling for the dance.

Marcus & Bärbl have been teaching classes and workshops in more than 15 countries all over the world. They were given the prestigious Feather Award in 1996 and 1997, and the International Dance Teacher Award in 2002. Among their many competition titles are: World Champions, three times World Vice Champions, US Open Champions and Rock n Socks Marathon Champions. They are also the organizers of the World famous Rock That Swing Festival in Munich, Germany.

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LJH - May 19, 2015

It's tough to rate this only a "4-/3+," but I expected more pointers about "smooth" style Lindy than is offered here. To be fair, it's a bit dated now, but it may have been off the charts a few years ago. Most of what you can learn here about "smooth" dancing can be got by watching what they don't do - they don't jump or hop much and they keep their shoulders still while styling with their legs and hips. This is a good style to learn - a great style to learn - but you really have to dig in to get it off the dvd... But, it is there. We noted too that "this" sugar push was not the standard way... But, it is consistent with "Go on the two" often taught elsewhere. However, on the Hollywood 2 dvd, the one after this one, they START that dvd with "the" sugar push "Going on the one..." - which is taught more often than the two... So, go figure. They do start here by teaching six-count, and they return to six count along the way. That's probably a good thing. You should get that worked into your Lindy somewhere. And, reworked into your Lindy. Lindy is often taught as an eight-count dance - and danced as an eight count dance - but it's not. It's a two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, etc. dance. Yeah, I'd have liked more pointers on "smooth" Lindy. Too many people learn "jump and bump" Lindy and never get beyond it. That, however, doesn't play well in other venues if you can't tone it down when you need to. Worth learning as much "smooth" as you can.

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