Partner – Beginner 1
You haven’t danced Lindy Hop before, or it’s just been a really, really long time. You’ll get one day of introductory workshops on Saturday with two of our local teachers, which will set you up for the big parties on Saturday and Sunday. If you want even more Lindy Hop, this level will set you up perfectly for Beginner 2 on the following day.
Partner – Beginner 2
You have taken introductory classes (for example, Beginner 1 on Saturday) and are no longer a full beginner. You know the difference between dancing in side by side (or closed) and open, and can dance basic figures like tuck-turns, send-outs, take-ins and passes. You can also use triple steps and groove walks to dance to both slower and faster music. In these workshops you will dive deeper into the world of Lindy Hop, learning some of the well known figures that you’ve likely already seen on a social dance floor. Look forward to spicing up your moveset with classics like hand to hand Charleston, circles, swingouts and the like.
Partner – Intermediate
You’re no stranger to the world of swing. You’ve been dancing for at least a year or two, and have developed some really solid Lindy Hop vocabulary (swingout, texas tommy, hacksaws, tandem, etc). In fact, your basic figures are so solid that you don’t have to think much about them anymore, giving you enough room to focus on other aspects of the dance. There are, however, still some moves you see on the social dance floor that you cannot quite copy yet. You’re interested in delving deeper into the Lindy Hop, to further strengthen your grasp on the dance. You’re also looking forward to learning new moves and sequences, and want more variations to your favorite patterns. This level is intended for the majority of dancers, so don’t be surprised by how generic this description might sound.
Partner – Advanced
You are among the best dancers in your scene. 220+ bpm songs scare you no longer. The fundamentals of the dance come to you naturally, and you can keep the pulse going even if your footwork turns into bebop. You’ve attended some of the larger international swing festivals in the advanced level (or above!), and chances are you might even be teaching higher level courses yourself. Challenging concepts and fun rhythms are what you’re looking for, not necessarily new moves. You’re also interested in how the teachers approach and interpret the dance. And hey, you definitely don’t mind fine-tuning the basics to give your dance that extra 1%. Heads up – this level will have an audition. If you think the teachers would also place you here, then you’re good to go.
Solo – Intermediate and up
You have taken solo jazz classes or workshops before and have a decent repertoire of classic jazz steps. In other words, you don’t need someone to explain to you what a Charleston Basic looks like. You probably also know one or two jazz routines (the Shim Sham, possibly even the Tranky Doo, Big Apple, …). You like the idea of expressing the music by yourself and have experimented with putting it into your partner dance.
We won’t be offering solo lessons for beginners this weekend, sorry!