Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

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. Each session features a different theme. 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.

Monday Slot 2: The second class on Monday can vary as to what is offered. Often it is a Lindy Hop class focused on a topic. It can also be a specialty class, such as Shag, Charleston or a performance routine. These classes are aimed at experienced Lindy Hoppers with solid knowledge of 8 count basics. The experience level can vary, although they are often appropriate for intermediate to advanced.

It is not required to attend with a partner as classes will rotate. An exception may be a routine class.

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes
October–December 2019 Session
Sundays • Newton, MA October 20 to November 24, 2019 (6 Week Session)
Mondays • Boston, MA October 28 to December 9, 2019 (6 Week Session, no class 12/2)
5:00–6:00pm Lindy Hop Level 1

Featured topic for this session: Styling!

During this session we’ll add some extra attention to Lindy Hop styling, including those fancy swivels you see follows do. Why does Lindy Hop look different than other kinds of Swing? It’s not just about WHAT you do, but also about HOW you do it.

6:00–6:30pm Stay after class for practice and question time!
6:30–7:30pm Lindy Hop Level 1

Featured topic for this session: Spins & Turns!

This session will get you started with spins and turns for both follows and leads, including technique on how to do them, how to lead, how to follow, and adding to basics. A variety of other fun variations will be featured as well.

7:30–8:00pm Stay after class for practice and question time!
8:00–9:00pm Dancing to Fast Music

Do you shy away from the dance floor, or does your dancing fall apart when there’s a fast song? Something we love about Lindy Hop is how well it works with most tempos. With the skills and practice, it’s super fun to dance fast! Using your pulse, movement, momentum and partnering are all essential to making it easier, rather than frantic and messy. Included will be variations which fit nicely when the tempos go up. For intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers.

Bonus feature! We’ll be using the classic “Stops” routine for something fun to drill as we work on moving faster and more efficiently. Known by Lindy Hoppers around the world, this short routine was originally created by Frankie Manning when he took a series of “freezes” he had danced and realized they could be done with any song. The rest is history!

9:00–9:30pm Stay after class for practice and question 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 Charleston, St Louis and Collegiate Shag, Shim Sham, Big Apple and other related dances. Newton classes have been running since 1995, with the 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. A partner is not required to attend and classes tend to have a mix of those who come solo, as a couple, or maybe with a group of friends. These are adult classes, although teens may also attend. All classes rotate partners, with the exception of maybe a routine class. Dancing with different partners in class is very helpful for learning, and also a fun way to meet classmates! Locations are easily accessible by car and public transportation.

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Registration: Please pre-register by submitting a Registration Form together with payment. If you are planning to attend and will be paying through online banking, by sending a check, at the first class, or have a gift certificate or voucher, please submit a Registration Form and select to “pay by check”. 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. 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 if needed. 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 Katie’s Riff Academy class in the same session
Boston Balboa discount if taking Intro to Balboa class in the same session
Any two 6 week classes
Gift Certificates and Vouchers: When registering, select to “pay by check” during checkout and submit. Use the comment box to provide info on your GC/voucher.