Lindy Hop/Swing Classes

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes
April–June 2019 Session

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.

Mondays • Boston, MA April 8, 2019 (Special One Day Classes!)
Mondays • Boston, MA May 6 to June 17, 2019 (6 Week Session, no class 5/27)
Hop to the Beat and The Riff Academy are teaming up for a special day of fun drop-in classes. There are two blocks of classes based on level ($25 per block). Classes may also be taken a la carte ($15 per class).

Block A (Beg–Int)

6:30–7:30pm Shim Sham Basics with Aurelie & Tony (Beg–Int)

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.

8:00–9:00pm Dips & Drags with Katie (Beg–Int)

Add some flavor to your Lindy Hop with some basic dips and drags. (Drags are the move where the follower is lead in lunge like walks in closed position). We’ll work on a variety of entrances/exits, leader and follower technique, and most importantly paying attention to your partner’s comfort! This class is aimed at dancers with some Lindy Hop experience, but are new to or need help with dips and drags!

Block B (Int–Adv)

6:50–7:50pm Shim Sham Challenge! with Katie (Int–Adv)

Let’s take the Shim Sham to the next level! Aimed at dancers who are experienced with the basic Shim Sham routine, we’ll play with variations, styling, different tunes, tempos, direction changes, and more. If you are interested in performing the Shim Sham with style or just getting inspired, join us!

8:00–9:00pm Dips & Tricks with Aurelie & Tony (Int–Adv)

Spice up your Lindy Hop with a bit of flash! Suitable for the social dance floor under appropriate conditions, and also fun to break out in a jam, competition or performance. Aimed at experienced dancers and will include a variety of weight bearing moves! Levels of options will be provided. Can be taken with a partner. For those attending without a partner, we’ll be breaking into small groups.

Due to scheduling issues at Ruggles in April (our Boston class venue), our next 6 week session will be starting on Monday, May 6.
6:30–7:30pm Lindy Hop Level 1

Featured topic for this session: Frankie’s Favorites!

This session we’ll be featuring some of the classic moves from the King of Swing himself, Frankie Manning! Frankie was not only an original Lindy Hopper from the early 1930s, he experienced a whole new chapter in his life starting in the 1980s as he became a teacher and tremendous influence to new generations of Lindy Hoppers around the world. Frankie danced with passion and joy, something he also passed on everywhere he went. This class is for brand new dancers, continuing students, and anyone wanting to add some of that Frankie joy to your dancing!

7:30–8:00pm Stay after class for practice!
8:00–9:00pm Change Up Your Dancing

This class will be about taking what you know and trying new possibilities. Playing with rhythm is one of the most fun features of dancing, while also focusing on connecting with the music. We’ll explore alternative options, slowing movement, speeding up, adding something unexpected. If you want to break out of your basic footwork and patterns, this will be a great class for you! There will be individual as well as lead choices for leads and follows.

9:00–9:30pm Stay after class for practice!
Ruggles Baptist Church (near Fenway Park)
874 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215
Please bring a change of clean 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
Any three 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.