What We Teach

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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, but you should complete all the modules in a level before moving up to the next level:

6 count

Focusing on popular dance patterns in 6 beats, you’ll walk in and dance out.

8 count

Classic dance patterns in 8 beats, like the swingout and its variations.

Charleston

Fun and energetic, 1920s and 1930s style Charleston gets you dancing easily even to faster music.

 

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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.