What We Teach

See our Studio Classes page for schedule, locations and sign up!

Our course modules are:

module table

Level 1

6 count 1 – Essential 6 beat patterns which will get you dancing right away.

8 count 1 – The basic swingout and other 8 count patterns, which are the “defining” moves of Lindy Hop swing dance.

Charleston 1 – Charleston’s cool kicks and dynamic energy with a partner is fun and addictive!

Level 2

6 count 2 – Fancier 6 beat patterns for your repertoire. You’ll be asked “How did you do that?” on the dance floor (6 count 1 required)

8 count 2 – We’ll show you how to get your swingout really good, and add rhythm and style variations (8 count 1 required)

Charleston 2 – Tandem, flying, turning – you’ll be doing all this and more (Charleston 1 required)

Turning Figures –Patterns based on turns, flow and changing direction, and techniques for making them seem effortless. (6 & 8 count 1 required)

6 & 8 Count Combinations – How to seamlessly mix 6 counts and 8 count patterns (or even 2, 4 or 10 counts), and knowing what your partner wants on the social dance floor. (6 & 8 count 1 required)

Level 3

Footwork, Rhythm & Technique – Let your body and your feet be a rhythm instrument in the orchestra. Accents, back beats, pauses – interesting places to mark rhythm can make your dancing really stand out.

Music & Improvisation – Interpreting the music to express yourself beyond “dancing a set of patterns”. Understanding how song structure and jazz characteristics, such as “call-and-response”, can influence your expression.

Charleston Challenge – This is where Charleston gets really fun – when you incorporate Charleston rhythm and movement into unexpected places and longer combos, add style variations or take the speed up, the possibilities are endless and fascinating.

Fancy Turning Figures – Smooth and connected, on balance and in time – especially in medium or slow music, turning figures feel and look amazing. (We’ll show you different techniques for faster turns, too)

LINDY HOP

The Lindy Hop is a partnered dance style that originated in Harlem, New York, in the early 1930s together with Swing jazz music, and was the result of the fusion of African American culture with European ballroom dances of the time. Just like jazz music, where improvisation is a key element, Lindy Hop absorbed countless influences from other dances, and itself influenced the development of later dances, such as the Rock and Roll, Boogie Woogie, Jive, West Coast Swing and Hip Hop.

Our classes break down Lindy Hop into modules just for organisation purposes. You can take them in any order.

SOLO JAZZ

Also tied to Swing jazz tradition, solo authentic jazz dance is a individual (non-partnered) dance born together with the beginnings of Jazz music in around 1920. Many of the traditional steps and movements of this dance derived from Tap and African dances. Like the jazz music it is danced to – the popular music of the era – solo authentic jazz strongly features improvisation and creativity, allowing each dancer to develop a personal and unique style. It requires a strong connection to the music, representing in movement the rhythm, cadences and structure of jazz and letting the music inspire an individual’s movement and sensations.

In classes we will learn traditional solo jazz steps as well as traditional choreography and routines, practice transitions between different movements, and together with other modules, develop musical listening and creativity, as well as learning to incorporate solo authentic jazz steps into partnered dance.