Lindy Hop/Swing Classes: April-June 2019 Session

Lindy Hop/Swing Classes
April–June 2019 Session
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.
Monday, April 8, 2019 to Monday, June 17, 2019