Solo Jazz classes focus on vocabulary, composition, and individual expression. This is a great way to improve, even if partnered dancing is your ultimate goal. Solo Jazz gives you time to focus on your own dancing, and on the music. Also, you can use your solo moves in your Lindy Hop! Solo Jazz classes are loose and fun, and involve a lot of moving.
Solo jazz 1
Level 1 assumes the knowledge covered in Swing Basics but does not assume any prior knowledge of jazz steps. Each class will focus on different steps used in combination to give you a lot of practice. Some class time will be dedicated to individual skill building, like balance and turning. Our recommendation is to take approximately four months of Solo Jazz 1 classes before moving to a new level. Solo Jazz 1 is offered every Monday, 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
solo jazz 2
Solo Jazz 2 classes focus on musicality, composition, individual expression, and more complicated movements. We hope to offer regular classes at this level soon. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for special events and workshops.
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 dancing, 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.