Lindy Hop’s something for all skill levels! Each class is taught by two experienced instructors that will provide group instruction, demonstration, and answers to questions specific to both the leader and follower roles. If you are unsure about which level is appropriate for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with one of Lindy Hop on the Rock’s experienced instructors on the first day of class.
Level 1: Introduction to Swing Dancing
This level is for those new to Swing Dance. You’ll learn some basic moves, rhythms, and footwork of Lindy Hop and get a sense of why we love this wonderful dance. Over two six-week sessions you should be comfortably able to dance in a social environment.
1a: Lindy Hop basics, eight-count focus
1b: Lindy Hop basics, six-count focus
September 2019 session: 1a: Lindy Hop basics, eight-count focus
Level 2: Grow as a Dancer
Deepen your understanding of the dance with an introduction to the underlying concepts and techniques. You’ll get comfortable with a broader repertoire of moves and be introduced to Charleston and Solo Jazz, which are related dances whose moves we freely incorporate into Swing dancing. Topics include improvisation; style; floor craft; connecting to the music; what constitutes leading and following; variation of rhythm, steps, and connection.
Can consistently do basic six- and eight-count footwork
Gliding in both counts
Basic move repertoire: Swing-out, circle, promenade, send-out, pass-by, tuck turn
Can find the first beat of an 8-count in the music most of the time
Are comfortable dancing socially and can do so safely
Blocks: Three blocks (2a, 2b, 2c)
September 2019 session: 2a: mixing six- and eight-count moves
Level 3: Get a Deeper Understanding
Here we’ll work on each element of technique, learning moves and variations that exemplify them. You’ll learn how these elements fit together, and how to improvise within them.
Regular social dancing
Swing-outs and circles from open and closed, promenots, basic Charleston
Reasonable form: Posture, frame, pulse, footwork, connection, rhythm
Can recover without disrupting social dance when something goes wrong
Leaders: not too forceful, able to lead direction and rotation
Followers: Aware of continuing momentum, following the line, not over-anticipating
Body awareness: In control of their limbs, safe to dance with.
Blocks: Five blocks (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e)
Blocks will follow a theme, with classes of varied material built around one or more key concepts.
September 2019 session: 3a: Varying rhythm, footwork, and style
Fall Registration is Now Open!
So there you have it! A shiny new curriculum, new class materials, and new people to meet all make for happy feet. Head on over to the Registration page to register for Fall 2019 Swing dance lessons today.