The Charleston was a 1920s American dance craze. But maybe there's a word beyond craze that could describe it better. It is precursor to Lindy Hop and sits near the base of the swing dancing tree. Today, the Charleston is danced as a robust set of steps with a feeling that is particularly well-suited to a lot of the jazz music we listen to here in the city of New Orleans.
We'll roll (hop) through basic partnered Charleston patterns and techniques. This level focuses on posture, rhythm, and partnered connection. Charleston is a fun and athletic dance that is very useful here in New Orleans. Take it concurrently with Lindy Hop Level 1, or in succession, but make sure to get through all of Swing Basics first.
Charleston 1 is offered every Tuesday from 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Rhythmic Arts Center.
PREREQUISITE: Swing Basics.
New! charleston 2
Charleston 2 concentrates on connection, style, and more complex patterning. Level 2 classes will move faster than Level 1 and will assume more personal responsibility and dedication on the part of the student. This class will take your toolkit of Charleston moves and techniques and work to create a more fluent understanding of the dance.
Charleston 2 is offered every Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Rhythmic Arts Center.
PREREQUISITE: Swing Basics, Charleston 1, social dance experience, permission of the instructor.
How Do I Change to the Next Level?
Look first to our recommendations in the level descriptions. Next, talk to your instructor. Ask for their recommendation for when to change levels. They will have important insight and can give you an informed, outside perspective. Often we don't know what we don't know. Instructors can help! Once you get the ok, it's as simple as signing up. Don't expect this to be formulaic. Every individual works at a different pace.
If you're interested and excited to get to that new level, here are some options that can help you get there.
Drop in classes
Take class. There isn't really a substitute for putting in the time and attention to gaining this new skill. Repeat classes, there is always something to learn.
Time one-on-one with your instructor can make a huge difference. Use private lesson time to get feedback tailored to specifically to you, to synthesize information you've learned in group class, to ask any questions about class or social dance, and talk about your goals and how to reach them.
Purchase a membership
With an unlimited monthly membership, you may take as many classes as you'd like. Additionally, you'll get a credit for one weekend workshop or one 30 minute private lesson check in with your instructor, and access to the weekly dance, St. Claude Social.
Don't see the level you want? Let us know! We need to know there's an interested group before we can run a new class, and we want to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.