LindyGroove Lessons: Pre-Lindy   Lindy1   Lindy2  Routine LindyChallenge   Balboa1   Blues1

What is Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop is the original swing dance. Born in Harlem as a street dance, it evolved alongside the jazz music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Like jazz, Lindy Hop is a uniquely American art form.

Hmm. Sounds… old-timey...
While Lindy Hop definitely deserves its place in history books, it is still danced today, all over the world! Modern Lindy Hoppers strive to stay true to the joyful spirit and jubilant style of vintage Lindy Hop while continuing to evolve the dance. The one constant is that Lindy Hop, a swing dance, is danced to - you guessed it - swing music!

So… it’s like ballroom dance?
Not really. Yes, Lindy is a partnered dance with a “lead” and “follow.” But unlike ballroom dances, Lindy Hop is casual> and conversational — meaning that both partners learn to improvise and play off one another. The goal of learning Lindy Hop is not to memorize a repertoire of moves, but to develop good connection and be able improvise and create fun dances with many partners

Let’s get started!
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PRE-LINDY
Pre-requisites: No experience required!
Class Format: Drop-in each week
Time & Place: 7:50 - 8:40pm Thursdays in the Main Ballroom (social dancing until midnight)
Price: Included in price of admission

You’ll learn basic footwork and get introduced to partner dancing. The class material will be the same each week, with slight variation depending on the teachers

Note: Take this class four (4) times, or until completely comfortable with the material, before signing up for Lindy 1.


LINDY 1 with Sheri and Ben 

Pre-requisites: At least 4 weeks of Pre-Lindy -OR- instructor approval
Class Format: Month-long progressive, starts the first Thursday of every month
Time & Place: 7:50 - 8:40pm Thursdays in the Side Room  (social dancing until midnight)
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Greetings, new Lindy Hopper! Here you’ll learn the Lindy Hop “basic step” — the swingout — along with new steps and variations depending on the month’s topic. A complete Lindy 1 education consists of 6 topics lasting 1 month each.

Note: This is a 6-month series. Start any month. If you miss a month, not to fear — that topic will come back around in 5 months!

Charleston January / July 
Permutations February / August 
Mega-Technique  March / September 
Six Count Technique April / October
Musicality and Styling May / November
Teacher's Choice June / December


LINDY 2 with Sheri and Ben 

Pre-requisites: All 6 Topics of Lindy 1 -AND- able to dance swingouts and swingout variations at 150 bpm. 25 hours of social dance experience in the main ballroom.
Class Format: Month-long progressive, starts the first Thursday of every month
Time & Place: 8:50 - 9:40pm Thursdays in the Side Room  (social dancing until midnight)
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Delve into the complexities of Lindy Hop. Go beyond the basics and explore related dances, styling, and musicality. A complete Lindy 2 education consists of 6 topics lasting 1 month each.

Note: This is a 6-month series. Start any month. If you miss a month, not to fear — that topic will come back around in 5 months!

Tranky Do (Teacher's choice for July 2019) January / July 
Charleston February / August 
Permutations  March / September 
Mega-Technique April / October
Stay Classy May / November
Musicalty and Styling June / December


Routine with Grace & Juan 

 Pre-requisites: Intermediate Lindy and above (or completion of Lindy 1)
Class Format: Month-long progressive, starts the first Thursday of every month
Time & Place: 7:00 - 7:45 pm Thursdays in the Main Ball Room  (includes social dancing until midnight)
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Learn a fun, choreographed routine in this new series! A Lindy Hop routine is a great opportunity to work on solo jazz, extended lindy vocabulary, partnering skills, musicality, and more! 

This class is designed for intermediate and above dancers, and will move at a good pace. Each month we will learn a new routine and have the option to perform it at the LindyGroove social dance!  No need to perform, but we might try to entice you. ;o) We encourage you to bring a partner but it is not required.


LINDY CHALLENGE
Pre-requisites: Equivalent to Lindy 2 Topics A thru F -AND- able to dance swingouts and swingout variations at 160 bpm
Class Format: Drop-in each week
Time & Place: 7:50 - 8:40pm Thursdays in the main ballroom  (social dancing until midnight)
Price: Included in price of admission

Need some inspiration? Each week, our instructors will tackle challenging concepts to spice up your dancing. New material every class!

Note: Those who have clocked in plenty of hours social dancing will get the most out of this class.

 


Balboa 1 with Shana & Jason 

Pre-requisites: Lindy Experience helpful but not required. If you miss the first class of the month we suggest that you repeat Pre-Lindy until the next month's series.
Class Format: Month-long progressive, starts the first Thursday of every month

Time & Place: 7:00 - 7:50pm Thursdays in the Side Room  (social dancing until midnight)
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Here you’ll learn the Balboa basic step along with new steps and variations depending on the month’s topic. A complete Balboa 1 education consists of 6 topics lasting 1 month each.

Note: This is a 6-month series. Start any month. If you miss a month, not to fear — that topic will come back around in 5 months!

Balboa-Swing (Out-and-Ins) January / July 
Balboa (Rhythms & Footwork) February / August 
Balboa-Swing (Lollies)  March / September 
Balboa (Rotational Movement) April / October
Balboa-Swing (Toss-outs) May / November
Balboa (Ad Libs) June / December


Blues 1 with Sara and Jeff 

Pre-requisites: If you miss the first class of the month we suggest that you repeat Pre-Lindy until the next month's series.

Class Format: Month-long progressive, starts the first Thursday of every month
Time & Place:  9:00 - 10:00pm Thursdays in the carpeted room at lobby level to the right of the steps. ​(social dancing until midnight)
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In this class you’ll learn the playful, rhythmic nature of blues movement and blues partner dancing. A complete Blues 1 education consists of 6 topics lasting 1 month each. Please wear shoes that can slip on carpet. Details
 

Note: This is a 6-month series. Start any month. If you miss a month, not to fear — that topic will come back around in 5 months!

Dance Yourself First January / July 
Jazzy Blues February / August 
Jukin’ Blues March / September 
We Shape the Dance Together April / October
Blues Connections May / November
Idiom Dances (rotating topic) June / December


MINI-PRIVATES

Class Format: one-on-one private lesson with a LindyGroove instructor
Time & Place: In the Lobby
Price: $5/ten minute session, book online until 6pm on lesson day or at the door

No matter what level you are, mini-privates are a great way to get personalized feedback in a friendly, non-intimidating setting. Whether it’s fixing a broken move, practicing what you just learned in class, or making sure you’re ready to move up to the next level, our instructors are eager to help.

Note: A great use of mini-privates is to social dance with your instructor.