Lindy Hop sits at the head of the swing dance table. It may not be the oldest swing dance, but it looms the largest. Lindy Hop developed in Harlem, New York City in the late 1920s. It was wildly popular for decades and spread across the United States and the world. The dance is characterized by a joy and fervent release that may only be described as infectious. Today, Lindy Hop is again popular and enjoyed by a worldwide community of dancers.
LINDY HOP 1
Lindy Hop 1 assumes the knowledge covered in Swing Basics and concentrates on more complicated and dynamic movements, including the move that makes Lindy Hop "the" Lindy Hop, the Swingout. The patterns draw specifically on the techniques learned in Swing Basics and the focus will be on exploring new applications of those techniques. The level can be described in this series on newsboy shouts: more turns! more eight counts! more six counts! mixing six counts and eight counts! There are approximately two months worth of topics in this class level. Take them for approximately four months once-a-week before moving to a new Lindy Hop level.
Lindy Hop 1 is offered every Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Rhythmic Arts Center.
PREREQUISITE: Swing Basics.
New! Lindy hop 2
Lindy Hop 2 classes will introduce more complex movements, work on breaking pattern, and delve further into the subtleties of leading and following. This class will assume a stronger grasp of social dancing, and will require more outside of class work from students. Join this class when you're ready to really get into it - see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Lindy Hop 2 is offered every Thursday from 7:30 - 8:30 PM at the Rhythmic Arts Center.
PREREQUISITE: Swing Basics, Lindy Hop 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.
Schedule Private Lessons
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.