new class structure
From September 2015 we're making some changes to improve the way we structure classes. Here's an overview of what's changing:
- There won't be any more weekly drop-in classes for complete beginners, instead we'll ask everyone to attend one of our 8 hour beginner courses before joining the weekly classes.
- We're aiming for more consistency in class levels, which should mean more satisfying classes for everyone with a clearer progression through the levels. Check the descriptions below to find the right level for you.
Complete beginners who have never done any Lindy Hop before. Some people also like to attend the beginner course a second time as a refresher.
You will be social dancing by the end of the first class. Over the course we'll show you how to dance to both slow and fast music, and teach you how to 'rescue' the dance if things go wrong. Expect to dance with lots of different people in lively and busy classes.
The beginner courses are 8 hours, either in the evening over 4 weeks (2 hrs per class) or during the day in a single weekend (4hrs per day). Advance booking required, new courses run roughly once a month and cost £45/£35 for 8 hrs.
There are also occasional short taster classes so you can try it out before commiting to a course.
You have either done a beginners course, or done some Lindy Hop before elsewhere. The classes work on the fundamentals of good technique, basic moves, and building confidence.
Expect to be attending these classes for at least 6-12 months before moving to the next class level, and to cover the same moves several times using a range of techniques or in different combinations (this is the secret to building a strong foundation to your dancing and why you'll often find much more experienced dancers in these classes too!) Our teachers aim to give some individual pointers to everyone in a class over a month, so feel free to ask for advice and feedback.
The 7.00pm classes in Southville are Level 1, and run as 4 week courses with a theme for the month. No need to book, just turn up at the beginning of the month, £20 for all 4 classes, or £7/£5 per class.
You can do all the basic moves in classes but they don't always work on the social dance floor, or it's not easy to adjust to different dance partners, or it just doesn't have that Lindy Hop 'look'. This is very much a transitional stage. Classes at this level may also introduce other dances such as Balboa, Shag, or Tap.
Level 2 is all about practice, so try to do lots and lots of social dancing. Expect to still be attending weekly Level 1 classes, but at this level you will be able to concentrate more on the quality of your movement & connection. We run some Level 2 workshops/classes, and this is also a great stage to consider a private class, either on your own, with a partner, or in a small group (suggested max is 4 people).
NB You should ask the teachers if you are ready for Level 2 classes before joining.
The 8.00pm class in Southville is Level 2, £20 for 4 classes, or £7/£5 per class. Occasional weekend workshops are priced individually. For private classes, please approach teachers directly, prices are between £30-50/hr for 1-2 people depending on the teacher.
You are a confident social dancer, able to dance to different tempos and adapt to different partners. You should know basic variations, but things that are still difficult probably include: improvising, incorporating jazz steps, dancing to fast music (without relying on charleston), and rhythm changes. You are probably regularly attending other dance events and weekend dance camps/festivals.
Level 3 is where your dancing can really start to take off, and where you should be working on being able to dance responding directly to the music rather than 'doing moves', although you will also know some more complex variations. For this stage, it's critical that your dancing builds on really good foundations, so teachers may occasionally ask people to do some more work on their basics first.
NB You should ask the teachers if you are ready for Level 3 classes before joining.
The 9pm class Southville is Level 3 , £20 for 4 classes, or £7/£5 per class. Occasional weekend workshops are priced individually.
You are already attending the upper levels at international events.
We don't have any regular classes at this level, but some of our visiting guest teacher workshops may include classes at this level, as will our festivals.