seriously folks - follow these steps in this order:
take a beginner class in any kind of dance. (we're not worried
about losing you to, say ballroom or irish step dance - they
don't hold a candle to lindy hop)
take a beginner lindy hop class (NOT "lindy swing"
or west coast swing, east coast swing or any type of ballroom
dancing masquerading as lindy hop - this is a 20s/30s/40s dance
- your instructor should not be wearing sequins, feathers or
a poodle skirt).
learn what frame really is. learn what connection is. learn what
rhythm is. learn what a phrase is. one of the best ways to do
this is to dance with people who haven't got a clue and vow never
to dance that badly - then ask one of the "big kids"
who kick your a** on the dance floor. now go practice, then come
back and ask them if you really got it. good frame and connection
are more important than knowing how to spin.
take an intermediate lindy hop class.
take an intermediate lindy hop class from a different teacher.
dance your ass off. go out at least twice a week. five times
a week is better.
are people stopping to watch you dance? if not, keep reading:
videotape yourself. swear off dancing. you look like that guy
in the link above.
give yourself a week of watching sitcoms. realize that life without
lindy hop is a dull wasteland.
then: get back on that horse!
keep going out dancing. a year should have passed.
attend a lindy exchange.
come home and videotape yourself.
take at least 5 private lessons with a really good dancer.
try like hell to get a regular partner (best if you're not swapping
spit with them) who can be honest if you're not leading or following
with some degree of frame and communication. (if your partner
is your significant other or spouse and they "stink on ice",
don't get a divorce, stay married and both of you get another
partner - both parts of a dance couple will dance up to the ability
of the worst dancer in the couple - try to be matched well)
take at least 5 private lessons from a different really good
try to find out what your lindy nickname is. if it's "wiggly
guy" or "the groper" you still have a ways to
go... get busy!