Online Partner Charleston Dance Lesson Video: Charleston Open Ups (Side By Side)

Lesson Info

This unavoidably classic pattern is often used as the jumping off point for countless other Charleston improvisations, all of which owe their framework to this common and immediately useful step. Breakdown includes styling tips, suggestions for making clean handhold transitions, plus must-know details about making this pattern feel right to experienced dancers.

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Instructors: Jaya Dorf, Michael Gamble
Level: 2
Duration: 5:04

Song: Tap Room Swing

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Jaya Dorf Asheville, NC, United States

Instructor Name Jaya Dorf
Dance Styles: Partner Charleston, Lindy Hop
Teaches with: Michael Gamble, Bill Borgida
Available lessons: 21 Lessons, 11 Lesson Packs
Hailing From Asheville, NC, United States
Instructor Contact Email Jaya Dorf

Along with her husband Michael Gamble, Jaya has devoted herself to the growth of the Lindy Hop community. In addition to organizing Lindy Focus, Sugar Foot Stomp, Southern Belle Swing Bash and Enter the Blues, she has taught workshops in over 25 US cities, and has sought relentlessly to spread awareness of Lindy Hop and to cultivate its tradition and technique. She has helped to facilitate and judge a variety of contests of every style associated with the Lindy Hop world.

Michael Gamble Asheville, NC, United States

Instructor Name Michael Gamble
Dance Styles: Partner Charleston, Lindy Hop
Teaches with: Jaya Dorf, Julee Mertz
Available lessons: 26 Lessons, 10 Lesson Packs
Hailing From Asheville, NC, United States
Instructor Contact Email Michael Gamble

Lindy Hop is my first love and I spend basically all of my time doing something related to it. I love to DJ and have had the privilege to do so at countless major events across the globe, mostly for Lindy Hop but a bit of Blues and Balboa, too. (No style ever had a monopoly on class and skill, and every sub-culture has it's awesomeness, don't doubt it!) I also teach, mostly around the USA with my lovely peach of a wife, together with whom we will have ventured to teach the good old skills of classic swing dance in over 30 US cities. Finally, my masochistic side likes to organize major dance events which seem to have a way of getting more major each year. Lindy Focus, our winter dance camp in Asheville, NC dominates much of our yearly work schedule, with Southern Belle Swing Bash (one of the world's first-ever follower-focused workshop weekends) keeping us busy in close second. Also, I am owner and designer for www.iDance.net.

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