Year after year at Swing Club, we’ve taught old standard lindy hop routines along side of our social dancing moves and technique, including the Big Apple and the Shim Sham Shimmy, but next semester, we’re doing something new!
It’s been popular for at least a year in Atlanta, and there are several versions around, but the one that we’re going to be teaching is based heavily off of the version seen in the old film clip Spirit Moves, with Al Minns, Leon James, and Pepsi Bethel. It was originally performed to Tuxedo Junction in the Savoy ballroom, but the film clip is dubbed over with The Dipsy Doodle (performed by Ella Fitzgerald), so it’s extremely popular to dance it to this song on the East Coast right now. If you want to try it to a song that’s a bit slower, definitely go for Tuxedo Junction performed by Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra.
Here are some great resources for if you want to practice on your own:
Demonstration with moves counted out: Tranky Doo
Wikipedia entry with full step list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tranky_Doo
Awesome PDF by Shesha Marvin that’s really really helpful once you figure out how to read it: http://www.ocswing.com/pages/review/trankydoo.pdf
Again, the original Spirit Moves video: Spirit Moves
And there are lots of other videos of Al and Leon performing it as well as modern-day dancers such as Bobby White! Just search youtube! If there’s anything you have trouble with, you want to learn it with us as a group, or you just want to have a good time, join us at Swing Club and ask us!