Searching for “swing dancing” on YouTube will bring up thousands of results, some better than others.
If you are looking for performance and competition videos for inspiration, try searching for some of the bigger well-known dance events such as:
- ILHC (The International Lindy Hop Championships)
- ULHS (The Ultimate Lindy Hop Championships)
- LindyFest / Lone Star Championships
- Herrang Dance Camp
- Camp Jitterbug
- Camp Hollywood
- Lindy Focus
www.YouTube.com (really, you didn’t know how to get to YouTube?)
iDance is a great service that has instructional videos from many of the top instructors in the country. At $2.00 a pop, these lessons are a great value.
The pet project of Dax Hock and Sarah Break. They offer a really amazing series of lessons at different paces and price points. At their top level you get to submit videos of you and your partner as “homework” and Dax & Sarah will send personal voiceover feedback!
Lindy Hop Moves is really just a collection of free YouTube videos, but they’ve been painstakingly selected and organized into different lesson series. Did I mention it’s all free?
Here are some Spotify playlists we have put together for your listening and dancing pleasure:
- Swing – Classic swing music
- New Swing – Modern bands reviving the swing spirit!
- Blues – Slow things down a bit.
- Balboa – Fast swing and Bal
- Choreography – Big Apple, Shim Sham, etc.
And here are some great online resources for jazz music that you can use for practice:
A great collection of free, public domain jazz and swing music
Try seeding your station with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman!
Another great streaming music service with tons of music.
- Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
- Swing Club at UVA
- Richmond Area Swing Dance Society (RASS) and the Usual Lindy Suspects (ULS)
- Richmond Jazz Dance Education Council (JDEC)
- The Jam Cellar in DC
- Jammin on the James
- Virginia Beach Lindy Exchange
- Dirt Cheap Blues Exchange