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The style we (usually) teach
We teach Lindy hop which is a swing dance that combines elements of both partnered and solo dancing. It's sometimes referred to as a street dance because of its improvisational and social nature. Each dancer is connected hand-to-hand, side by side or not at all. It consists of a range of core partnered moves, filled out with solo moves, along with heaps of improvisation and goofing about! Instead of dancing in an elegant, upright posture, Lindy hoppers dance with a low athletic stance with their feet in constant movement.
In addition, Lindy hop routines to certain songs were created which everyone knew. So in a dance hall, when a particular song started playing, everyone would get up and dance in unison, much like the Macarena of today.
Lindy hop is fun, playful and addictive, which you will see for yourself if you join our super-friendly and laid back classes!
Partnered Lindy hop
Lindy hop combines partnered moves with solo jazz moves along with oodles of improvising and goofing about. This particular class teaches the partnered side of Lindy hop and we rotate partners so you get to dance with everyone that is dancing the opposite role to you.
Solo Lindy hop moves
Learn fun and goofy vintage dance moves and how to incorporate these into your partnered Lindy hop, or get a head start on learning a solo Lindy hop routine.
Solo Lindy hop routine
Learn well-known choreographed vintage line dances, like the Shim Sham or the Jitterbug Stroll, which combine loads of solo Lindy hop moves.
We do not live in a time where people are likely to tell you to your face that you smell bad or that you have reached a level of sweat that is abhorrent to the general touch so these tips may help.
- Please arrive on time so that everyone can make the most of the class. It is not fair to others if you arrive late, especially if you then need special attention to catch up what you missed.
- Try to keep chit-chat brief during class and give the teachers your attention when they are speaking. Although it's fun to get to know your fellow classmates, it can be frustrating for everyone to have to wait for people to cease talking so that the teachers can be heard clearly and similarly for teachers to have to repeat themselves. Instead, have a proper catch up before or after your class, but not while another class is in progress. Pop outside to chat if you need to.
- Leave the teaching to the teachers. It is okay to offer feedback about how something feels as a lead or follow but try not to ‘lecture’ your partner. If you feel something is seriously wrong, ask a teacher to come over and help correct it.
- Try your best to listen to feedback from the teachers and take it on board. Having humility, rather than being defensive, will help you learn to be a better dancer and enjoy it more.