Are you a Lindy Maker? Or do you feel like just an imitator?

Most people copy what they see. They learn to perform a set of moves and rarely experiment outside of what they’ve been taught.

For example, I’m just an imitator when it comes to most of my hobbies. I follow recipes in my cooking, patterns in my sewing, and routines in my fitness. It can be very enjoyable.

But for me, lindy hop is different.

That’s why I created Lindy Makers (that $3/mo subscription thingy where you get one new video challenge every 30 days).

I could never be fully satisfied by only imitating others. Though we all share a great love of the dance, Lindy Makers dance for yet another reason: To create new lindy hop; to participate fully in this living, breathing dance.

I'm the third guy from the left.

This post explains who we are and the things we strive for.

What does it mean to be a Lindy Maker? Are YOU one?

Lindy Makers pursue new ideas.

When a Lindy Maker encounters a new idea, they ask, “Where does this fit into my understanding of lindy hop? Can it be done better? How else can I use this?”

Lindy Makers have obsessive dance brains, and we love to use them!

Lindy Makers experiment constantly.

When a Lindy Maker fails, they try again.

We are afraid of mistakes and failure, just like everyone else. Yes, we find them uncomfortable.

But Lindy Makers know that mistakes are just the results of our ongoing experiments. We welcome that discomfort as a sign of growth and discovery.

Lindy Makers dare to be seen.

When a Lindy Maker gets bored, they love to test drive new material.

Whether bold and outrageous, subtle and sophisticated, or timid and tentative, our ideas must be expressed.

There is great pressure to conform, to dance the way others want you to.

But if you keep yourself small and your ideas inside, your dancing fossilizes. And Lindy Makers hate stagnating.

Lindy Makers support each other.

It’s not about ego; we don’t do this so other people like us. We accomplish things because it feels good.

Each achievement, small and large, artsy or technical, feeds our souls. We do this together, moving forward with our kind of people.

Past, Present, and Future

Now I consider myself a Lindy Maker. But I didn’t start here. I began with a lot of excitement… and a regrettably strong need for external validation.

I wanted to own my lindy hop, be somebody interesting. But I didn’t dare. My fear of looking stupid stopped me. I allowed other people to define what lindy hop should mean to me.

And I was terribly, terribly unhappy with my dancing.

I needed more confidence and encouragement, a safe space to explore ideas. And I needed a few small, well-timed, supportive kicks in the ass.

Once I found that, things began to turn around. Are you like me? Is that what you need?

A Call to Action

You need to be heard, you need to move forward, and you need to be respected for who you are as a dancer.

If you’re ready to go beyond copy-and-paste dancing, I’ve got this thing you can join, not coincidentally called Lindy Makers.

Click here to join us right now and see if it’s a good fit for you. Not a good fit? Let me know. If you don’t love Lindy Makers, I don’t want your money. Simple as that. Contact me, and you’ll get a full refund.

Paul is a starfish. He's also my Lindy Makers sidekick.

Paul is a starfish. He’s also my Lindy Makers sidekick.

If you don’t succeed with the challenge this month, there will be another one next month, and the month after. Every month, I and the other Lindy Makers will be here to support you. We’re doing this together, and we want to include you.

What do you want to make out of your lindy hop? What kind of dancer do you want to be?

Photo credits: Raymond Bryson (test tubes), Cindy Yetman (Paul & Rebecca)