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Lindy Hop evolved out of the Charleston; we will follow this natural evolution, and start with basic Charleston steps that are as easy as walking. We’ll take you step-by-step through 6 weeks of learning the basics of swing dancing, taking you from simple side-by-side Charleston movements into the swinging rhythms of Lindy Hop.

Already in the first course, you’ll learn what makes Lindy Hop so special. It manages to combine the structures of partner dancing – like dancing in closed position, or across from and criss-crossing past each other – combined with the freedom of self-expression and creativity that lets you make the dance your own and make your partner smile.

What will I learn in this course?

Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class.  Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

  • connection in social dancing: rhythmical, visual, physical, emotional
  • charleston, side-by-side: basics; kick the dog; freezes & play
  • charleston, opening up: sendout, take-in; open position basic; follower’s and leader’s underarm turn
  • lindy hop: side-by-side basics; half-turn; sendout, take-in; slingshot

What should I know before I join this course?

No experience needed!  Whether you’ve taken a few taster classes already, or have never danced before at all, this course is a great start.