Lindy Hop/Swing Classes: January-March 2019 Session

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes
January–March 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.

Sundays • Newton, MA January 27 to March 10, 2019 (6 Week Session, no class 2/17)
Mondays • Boston, MA January 7 to February 11, 2019 (6 Week Session)
5:00–6:00pm Lindy Hop Level 1 (6 weeks)

Featured topic for this session: Mixing 6s, 8s & Other Rhythm Patterns!

Included this session, we’ll explore how to take a typically 8 count move and expand or contract into a different rhythm, how to mix varying rhythm patterns, plus taking the focus from the counts and putting it on flow and making smooth transitions. Aimed at new and continuing students.

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

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 doing. 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. Aimed at new and continuing students.

7:30–8:00pm Stay after class for practice!
8:00–9:00pm Black Bottom Routine

Black Bottom originated among African Americans in the rural South, eventually adopted by mainstream American culture in the ’20s as the latest craze following the Charleston. There’s a lot of similarity to ’20s Charleston in terms of style, exuberance, plus a dose of goofiness, although does not include actual Charlestons.

The majority of the routine will be solo with some partner relating, often doing the same step in the opposite direction. There will likely be different groups doing different bits, including a few for partners, creating lots of movement as a whole.

If you like to solo dance, you’ll learn some flashy new things to add to your repertoire. If you like experiencing some of the history, you may recognize jazz steps we continue to do today. If you’d just like to do a happy dance, this will be for you!

We’re aiming to complete the routine in one session with added practices for those who would like to perform.

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.
Monday, January 7, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019