The description of the Lindy Turn in the previous section only included a couple of pieces of stylistic advice, focusing on details that are likely to cause awkwardness in social dancing:
There are many other style points for the Lindy Turn, but they are not universal—preferences may vary from region to region, dancer to dancer.
Savoy Style and Hollywood Style
The main division of styles in Lindy Hop is between "Savoy style" and "Hollywood style". Savoy style corresponds more closely to the original style of Lindy Hop danced in the 1930's, and is the focus of this book; Hollywood style is slightly more modern and has closer similarities with West Coast Swing.
The stylistic features that are common in Savoy style Lindy Hop are that
In contrast, for Hollywood style Lindy Hop
Differing Styles in Practice
Because the Lindy Turn is such a core component of Lindy Hop, it is common for teachers to focus on styling details for this particular move. The intent is that if a beginner dancer learns good styling for this central move, this will improve their styling for all of the other moves of the dance (whether directly or indirectly related to the Lindy Turn).
As described in the introduction, this book generally avoids much discussion of style—partly because of the difficulty in conveying it in a static text, and partly because of the potential for controversy that questions of style raise.
Some Lindy Hop teachers are very emphatic about teaching the "correct" or "authentic" styling when they teach the Lindy Turn. This increases the burden of things for beginning dancers to worry about, but is often worthwhile to prevent bad habits from being acquired early in a dancer's career.
More problematic is the fact that dance teachers can often directly contradict each other's pronouncements on the one true style for the Lindy Turn. This increases the confusion levels of learning dancers, and is likely to encourage balkanization of the swing dance community.
This book focuses on social dancing, where the majority of the style variations discussed above are much less relevant. As long as both partners are comfortable and end up in roughly the right place at the right time, then social dancing can still go on—and in fact a leader from one style can usually still lead a follower from a different style.