Swing Dancing/Groucho

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Grouchos are traditional Lindy Hop moves that cannot quite be categorized as either basic, side pass, swing out, or aerial dance moves. In grouchos, you and your partner move back and forth between two points, starting and ending in closed position. This move is often repeated several times.

Here's how to perform the moves:

Forward Groucho[edit]

Begin in a closed position:

  • On counts 1 and 2, rock step like normal.
  • On counts 3 and 4, the lead moves the follow in front of him to face her, as they triple step.
  • On counts 5 and 6, the lead walks forward and the follow walks backwards.
  • On counts 7 and 8, the lead closes to the follow, and the follow remains in place, as they triple step.
  • The couple ends in closed position facing where they started, a few steps away.

Spins: The lead and follow can both spin.

To Open (Lead Spin Out): On counts 5 and 6 (walk walk), the lead stands still or spins in place, so they move into open.

Reverse Groucho[edit]

  • On counts 1, 2, 3, and 4 they rock step and triple step, just like a swing out from closed.
  • On counts 5 and 6, the lead walk walks backwards and the follow walk walks forwards.
  • On counts 7 and 8, the lead triple steps in place and pulls the follow into closed, who triple steps as she moves.

Escorted Spin (Outer Turn): Reverse groucho with follow outer (usually free, sometimes overhead) spin on counts 5 and 6. They close on count 7 and 8.

Inner Turn: On counts 5, 6, 7, and 8, the follow moves like an inner turn swing out, but the lead closes to the follow on counts 7 and 8.

Apache Turn: On counts 5, 6, 7, and 8, the follow moves like an apache turn swing out, but the lead closes to the follow on counts 7 and 8.

To Open (Lead Open): On counts 5 and 6, the lead walks backward and leaves the follow in place, opening up space. On counts 7 and 8, they may style as they like. This resembles a swingout variation.

Style[edit]

Stylings are independent of one's partner.

Counts 5 and 6
Head: Add pecking to match the step step.

Variations[edit]

Variations require cooperation with one's partner.

Extend: Extend the middle with push-pulls. This is related to the Yo Yo.

Lead Spin: On the Escorted Spin and Inner Turn, the lead may also spin.