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Join a fun solo dance workshop in Authentic Jazz and learn the two classic jazz routines: Mama's Stew and First Stops.
Mama’s Stew (or just The Stew)
The Stew is a vintage warm-up choreography used by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to warm up before practicing their routines.
This routine is often called the Mama’s Stew routine as Mama Lu & The Parkets very famously performed it together:
One of the very first routines, First Stops, developed out of the musical inventiveness of Frankie Manning. In 1937 as Jimmie Lunceford began playing "Posin'" Frankie’s confidence and intuitive understanding of the music allowed him to freeze in place during the breaks in the music. This inspired Frankie to try these "stops" to other songs where the music didn’t stop but merely withdrew to the background and eventually to any Lindy Hop song. The realization that the series of stops he created that fit with the music could be danced to any song and with other couples cemented Stops into Lindy Hop history. As such a significant piece of Lindy Hop history it is an important routine for any dancer to learn.