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
January–February 2020 Session
Sundays • Newton, MA January 5 to February 9, 2020 (6 Week Session)
Mondays • Boston, MA January 6 to February 10, 2020 (6 Week Session)
5:00–6:00pm Lindy Hop Level 1

Featured topic for this session: Charleston!

Lindy Hop was heavily influenced by Charleston, a huge dance craze which preceded it. Charleston continues today to be a very fun component of Lindy Hop and fits nicely as the tempos go up. We’ll be focusing on the technique and style of “classic” Lindy Hop Charleston, characteristic of the original Lindy Hoppers. A variety of different partner variations will be included. Appropriate for those brand new to Charleston as well as more experienced dancers who would like to refine and review.

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

Featured topic for this session: Musicality!

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 connecting 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. Aimed at new and continuing students.

7:30–8:00pm Stay after class for practice!
8:00–9:00pm Lindy Hop Charleston, New Twists on Classics

Charleston is an exuberant and flashy component of Lindy Hop, going back to the early days. This class will include new variations and fancy transitions, while keeping the look and feel of the classics. If you’d like to spice up your Charleston, this is a class for you! For intermediate to advanced Lindy Hoppers experienced with basic Charleston variations.

9:00–9:30pm Stay after class for practice!
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.