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Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

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Lindy Hop/Swing Classes
April–June 2018 Session
Mondays • Boston, MA April 9 (1 Week)
6:30–7:30pm Shim Sham Basics (1 week)

Starting at the beginning, covering all the basics of this popular line dance known by Lindy Hoppers around the world. Aimed at first timers as well as anyone wanting to get all the steps down.

Continue with Katie from 8:00-9:00pm for Shim Sham with Style! Refine those basic steps and play with style and breaks! (Register for Katie/The Riff Academy classes separately here.)

You can take either Shim Sham class separately or both for a discount.

Sundays • Newton, MA April 29 to May 6, 2018 (2 Week Session)
Mondays • Boston, MA April 23 to June 4, 2018 (6 Week Session, no class 5/28)
5:00–6:30pm Frankie Doo! (2 weeks)

Back when we were beginner Lindy Hoppers, we learned a version of what was called Tranky Doo which was not the same as is popularly danced today. Although we didn’t know it at the time, it was choreographed by Frankie Manning. Today it is called the Frankie Doo and has resurfaced so we don’t forget this special version. In honor of Frankie month coming up in May, we’ll be teaching it over a 2 week session, just in time for our Frankie celebration at Uptown Swing that month. If you already know Tranky Doo, the beginning is the same, and then it quickly moves to something very different. Join us to learn it Frankie style! All levels are welcome to attend.

6:30–7:30pm Lindy Hop Level 1 (6 weeks)

Featured topic for this session: Musicality!

Level 1 classes get a mix of brand new dancers and continuing students. There are several different sessions at this level, each with new content, which can be taken in any order. Musicality is always an important feature of dancing. In this session we’ll focus on getting the feel of the rhythm, breaking down the structure of the songs we dance to, and how to connect it to how you dance. Included will be ways to adjust your basics to fit the music, along with some fun steps to play with.

Students are recommended to stay at this level long enough both to cover many of the important elements of Lindy Hop as well as to feel very comfortable with what’s taught before moving to the next level. The aim is to work on developing a solid foundation of dance skills while building a repertoire of moves for social dancing. Discount after 2 full sessions. (No experience required to join.)

7:30–7:50pm Stay after class for practice and question time!
7:50–8:50pm Doin’ It Old School

We first got passionate about Lindy Hop because of how exciting and fun it was. Something different from the swing dancing we were used to. There’s been a lot of evolution over the years, however, we’ve not lost our passion for that classic look and feel of Lindy Hop. In this class we’ll focus on some of those hardcore moves we don’t see enough of on the dance floor today. Included will be footwork variations for swing outs, flashy Charleston moves, barrel rolls and more!

Previous Lindy Hop experience is required, including knowledge of 8 count basics. (For intermediate and up.) Discount for each class if you take this one plus Katie’s Riff Academy class in the earlier time slot.

9:00pm Collegiate Shag routine practice time!
Lower Falls Community Center
545 Grove Street, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462
Please bring a change of clean shoes, either sneakers or soft-soled flat dance shoes.
Ruggles Baptist Church (near Fenway Park)
874 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215
Please bring a change of clean shoes.

Classes with Tony & Aurelie Tye are offered in 6 week sessions throughout the year, although occasionally sessions are shorter. Hop to the Beat specializes in the Lindy Hop style of Swing as well as Balboa, Charleston and other related dances. Newton classes have been running since 1995, with a new Boston location added in 2010. Classes have a fun, relaxed atmosphere, emphasizing lead/follow connection, rhythm, musicality, technique and styling. Each class consists of a 1 hour lesson per week for 6 weeks. It is possible to join a class in its second week. No partner required, singles and couples welcome. These are adult classes, but teens may also attend. Partners are rotated during classes, which is highly recommend as it is not only very helpful for learning, but also a fun way to meet classmates. Everyone is encouraged to give it a try, although rotating is not a requirement for attending. Locations are easily accessible by car and T.

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Registration: Please pre-register by submitting a Registration Form together with payment. If you are not able to pre-register, please still submit a Registration Form to help speed your registration on the first day. If pre-registered, please arrive 10 minutes before class time on the first day to allow time to check-in. If not pre-registered, please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to register and pay. No partner required unless mentioned otherwise. It is possible to join the session at the second week. If you are new to our studio and would like to try out a class, you may register and if you decide not to take the session, contact us within 2 days after the first lesson for a refund (less $15). We are always happy to help in deciding which class level is the best fit, and adjustments can be made in the second week of the session. Check the directions for parking information and note that the classes are held at different locations on different days.

Cost per person Discounts are for the same person taking multiple classes in the same session.
Any one 6 week class (covers 6 weeks of lessons)
Discount price for LH Level 1 after completing 2 previous HTTB Level 1 sessions
Riff Academy discount price if taking a Riff Academy class in the same session
Any two 6 week classes
Any three 6 week classes
Any four 6 week classes
Frankie Doo (covers 2 weeks of lessons)
Shim Sham Basics (covers 1 week)
Discount price if also taking Katie’s Shim Sham with Style!
April 9 Collegiate Shag routine practice
Contact Us for information on the college group discount price for classes