Swing Discussion Boards > Over 200 bpm swing, your favorite stuff to do?

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  1. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    What's your favorite stuff to do swing dancing at 200 bpm and up? What are some main things you'd rather avoid at 200+ bpm? Not what we can do... what do you like/dislike doing?

    My (currently small/limited) 200+ bpm repertoire is ecs, Charelston bits & pieces, some Bal-swing, and things that resemble lindy hop. I do all sorts of stuff in ecs, but everything else is basics and close variations. That's why I didn't mention actual names of moves, but you mention your favorite moves at fast tempos if you want. Who likes to lindy hop swingout at these tempos? How 'bout apache turns? Do you tend to avoid the risk of knotting up in arm pretzels at these tempos? How about aerials?
  2. alfborge

    alfborge New Member

    If I dance with a good follower, I can do swingouts to about 220. Depending on how warm I am and how good me and the follower fit together the swingout might look ok, but usually it looks like I'm desparately trying to keep up with the music and failing miserably. If I do swingouts, I also do circles and side passes.

    At 200+ tempo I use a lot of charlston and I also try to do some balboa (I only know the basic steps of balboa, but this is very nice for relaxing and getting my breath back).
  3. delamusica

    delamusica Active Member

    Jive! The technique's all about going fast . . . :)
  4. d nice

    d nice New Member

    I love swinging out at this tempo and faster. Barrel rolls, apaches/texas tommy's, charleston (side by side and tandem) tuck-turns etc.

    I love everything in Lindy Hop at over 200.
  5. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    I will too some day.

    Here's a video with 4 consecutive swingouts at 200 bpm: http://www.jitterbugs.info/sf_bugs_videos.htm It's the one that is "Lindy Hop performance - USS Hornet, 03 (.mpeg - 6.16mb - 36 sec.)" Do you do it with the touch steps like they do, or do you clearly triple step?
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    My computer is acting retarded, so I don't see the clip at full speed. So here's a dumb question. Do you have time to do a full triple step at 200+ bpm?
  7. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    Did you do the right click and save as? Playing it off your computer is better than playing videos while they're transferring/streaming.

    I don't know the tempo range at which the experts in Lindy Hop commonly abandon the triple step, but I know it is reasonable to expect to be able to do it at 200 bpm. I can do it standing in place easily at 200 bpm, (step step triplestep step step triplestep). I'm not fluent at doing lindy hop triple steps with a partner at 200 bpm though.
  8. suek

    suek New Member

    I love everything at 200+bpm, I love fast lindy, but I ADORE balboa. Not only fast tempo bal either; I love slow bal. Medium bal, fast bal. Bring it.

    It is the best complement to a LH repertoire, IM(not-so)HO.

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  9. voilsb

    voilsb New Member

    Yes. I've also got time to triple step at 300bpm. I can't say I've tried much beyond that, though. At least, not that I've really paid much attention to. It also depends on the day and how the particular song goes. Sometimes I have better days or dances than others, and either have to fudge at higher tempos or don't have to.

    200bpm is still quite well within the "medium tempo" range for Lindy Hop, in my opinion. I would say "fast" starts around 225-235bpm and isn't firmly established until about 240+ bpm. But these are just my opinions. Others' might vary.
  10. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    So you could Lindy Hop to something like War Ensemble by Slayer? That song has awesome breaks.
  11. voilsb

    voilsb New Member

    Dunno. Never heard of it. But I can lindy hop to Harlem Congo, which is right about 300 and quite fun.
  12. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    I was jokin' about Slayer, but I got a Sy Oliver cd today. I usually don't even like those 250+ bpm swing songs at all, but I like Zonky (270 bpm) and Undecided (280 bpm). I stepped it out with triple steps just fine... standing in the basketball player stance, alone and not moving around any.

    It's hard to imagine being able to keep it all changing around as a leader at that speed. Is it even common for followers to be able to keep up with it? I'm talking socially, not choreographed routines where we get to practice everything a lot.

    To lindy hop socially at these tempos, do you just use a lot of repetition of a small set of moves, or go ahead & dance it all over the place like 165 bpm songs?

    How about dancing half notes as quarter notes? You know... every two beats is one beat. Any thoughts/opinions on that?

    That might appear to be too many questions in one message, but they're actually yes/no questions. Elaborating beyond yes & no is greatly appreciated though.
  13. voilsb

    voilsb New Member

    It depends on how good the follower is, how good the leader is, and how well they dance together. But it's quite true that, in general, there are fewer capable dancers at 270-300 than there are at 170-200.

    Well, the way I personally dance, I don't think about moves; I just go with what I feel and hear in the music, regardless of tempo. Sometimes it's repetitive, others it's not. It depends more on how the music feels and the crowd than it does on the tempo. It also depends on my partner. I tend to start start simple and progressively remove restraint. In general, though, the faster I dance the smaller I dance, so that there's less distance to cover.

    As a follow, the key (in my opinion) to dancing at such tempos is to simply react and play with whatever you get, and not to think about what's happening.

    It works. Some people do this. It was done back in the day, too. Personally, I find it removes the "swing" feel to the music, though.

    No problem about the number of questions. Just remember that I'm not anything close to an end-all authority; these are just my opinions/observations. Other people probably do it differently, and they're probably no more or less correct.
  14. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

    I think that's the key to following -- period-- doesn't depend of tempo ;)
  15. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    I'm starting to see how it can be done, as in... me doing it. The more I listen to these two songs along with imagining what you're saying, the more I get the idea.

    It seems like followers should just not triple step outside of her personal tempo range of comfortable triple stepping. Keep pushing it to faster tempos in practice, but don't worry about pushing triple steps during social dancefloor time. Is that the kind of thing you'd recommend to followers in a class?
  16. funkyfreak

    funkyfreak New Member

    Pushing yourself during 'social' dancing time is one of the best way to have fun and learn too, it doesn't matter if it causes a "mistake" or trip-up, Lindy Hop isn't a perfectionist dance. As a lead and follow go out, dance to the music and partner, and don't think too hard ;)

  17. tsb

    tsb Well-Known Member

    at that tempo, i run to the bar and get a drink and/or go change shirts. and according to some dj's and club owners i know, that's one of the reasons dj's play a song a lot of people won't dance to - to get them to go buy beverages and keep the club owners happy.
  18. jdavidb

    jdavidb New Member

    Ok then it's optional to push it socially dancing. They don't have to, but it might be fun. Do it only if it is fun. They should always push it in practice.

    That's what I'm hoping: that they won't be thinking too hard. I want them to know they can trip up, miss things, single step for 40 counts before they get back on it, etc.
  19. bgirlswinger

    bgirlswinger New Member

    good luck,. and rememeber have fun
  20. swinginstyle

    swinginstyle New Member

    Personally, I'm all in favor of bal at such tempos. However, I have a strong base in ECS, so I will utilize those skills at such tempos. What dance I choose to do also depends on the follow, their dance level and their connection.

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