This level will introduce all the essential shapes you need to get started and have a good social dance. These Beginner lessons are also the most commonly used moves in Swing dancing. You will see 6 count and 8 count steps interchanged. In Swing dancing, we mix back an forth between these rhythms to play with the music. As your first introduction to these moves, simply focus on the correct footwork and relationship to your partner. Details of Leading and Following will be discussed more in the BEG/INT Level. Once you’ve completed your FUN-duh-mentals, you’re ready to start dancing with a partner.
In the BEG/INT level you start adding variations to the moves you have already learned plus we add in Charleston options and more Solo dancing like the “Shim Sham”. In this level we go in depth about how you actually lead and follow these moves versus just doing them by recognition. Perhaps the most significant ability of the BEG/INT level is that you start to mix your 6 count and 8 count rhythmns. In this level we explain how to differentiate between 6- and 8-count, how to lead and follow the difference between walks versus triple steps, and get new variations on basic patterns.
In the Intermediate level we are adding more variations and moves to your vocabulary. Each of these moves and variations require stronger balance and coordination while still leading and following. One of the biggest obstacles is turning while doing the triple step rhythmn. Timing for the leaders becomes even more important since it is essential to providing the follow with enough energy to accomplish these turns. Transitions become challenging because more information is needed to create the new versions of these basic moves.
As an INT/ADV dancer you feel comfortable and familiar with your rhythms and you have a good understanding of lead and follow. The moves in this level challenge dancers to occasionally change or vary their footwork while not loosing their time or place in the step. There are also more challenging turns, particularly that go inside while the follow travels. Dancers are also introduced to the Texas Tommy which is a difficult move to time correctly and it requires a flexible frame in the arms. In addition, we learn more variations that go outside of the normal 6 count and 8 count structure. This begins asking students to really lead and follow and honor the 2 beat building blocks of the dance.
This is our Advanced Lindy Hop Course. What makes these moves advanced is mostly the need to use all skills developed thus far and deal with the challenge of multiple directions or re-directions. For example, leaders have to quickly and correctly communicate direction, rotation, and speed. Follows have to be able to recieved these multiple messages and perform them without panic or anticipation. Often the moves will be familiar to students but what makes them advanced is performing double turns or turns on either end of the step which complicates the lead and follow. Remember as an advanced dancer it’s not enough to just get the step right. You have to make sure it feels good for your partner, it works with different partners and your execution of the step is smooth, beautiful and enjoyable.