Class & Level Info

We offer classes in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz, Collegiate Shag and Balboa. Find the level descriptions below.

New to Lindy Hop?

The first class at the start of every block is a free taster class. This way you can find out if Lindy Hop is something for you. We have intake dates after every block (usually 12 weeks). To be able to join you need a confirmation on your registration. Register for Level A here.

For Frequently Asked Questions: click here.

LINDY HOP CLASSES

– Starting your Swingstreet adventure

In the first year of Lindy Hop classes you will go through levels A, B and C. Next to taking classes we encourage all students to go out social dancing. You will learn faster when you make more Lindy hours. And, it’s great fun!

Lindy Hop Level A:
Absolute Beginners
Welcome to Lindy Hop!
You will begin your Lindy Hop journey at Swingstreet here. This level is meant for those who are absolutely new to Lindy Hop and are about to learn their first steps. This level is further classified into three categories:
  • 6 count Lindy Hop
  • 8 count Lindy Hop
  • Charleston

You will spend 4 weeks learning each category.  After completion, you can continue to the next level.

Lindy Hop Level B:
Beginners
Expand your Lindy library
You have completed Level A and are thirsty for more. In this level we will build on your Lindy Hop foundation techniques and expand your vocabulary of moves.

This level will be focused towards making you a good social dancer, so you can dance with anyone at a party. This level is further classified into three categories:

  • Expand your Charleston
  • Mixing your 6 & 8 counts
  • Swing Outs

You will spend 4 weeks learning each category.  After completion, you can continue to the next level.

Lindy Hop Level C:
Beginners Continued
Digging deeper
You have completed level A & B at Swingstreet and have been dancing for nearly half a year. You are craving for more Lindy Hop.

At this level, we will focus on the finer aspects of dancing to further strengthen your fundamentals:

  • musicality
  • refine and enrich your styling
  • focus and drill down on technique

This class will be conceptual and fresh material will be offered to enable students to repeat this level if they like to get more practice.

– Continuing the fun

After your first year of taking Lindy Hop classes your teachers will advise you on your level. If the class consists of dancers with a homogeneous level and goals, you will all continue to the next group. It could also be that some of you have a different learning style, need a bit more repetition or learn faster than the rest. In these cases we will advise students what level we feel fits best. We will always review the levels and aim for an optimal learning atmosphere for all students. Please find your teachers when you have questions about your level.

Lindy Hop:
Chewbacca’s / Imperial Guards
Fun with fundamentals
This level is meant for students who have been dancing at least a year and/or have completed level A, B, C and Intermediate. You know your basics and started exploring variations and musicality. You are no stranger to the social dancefloor and love to try everything you know with every partner you can find. Every block the students work along with the instructors in defining the material and concepts they want to work on. This means the material will be different each block. Get ready to push yourself to the next level!

Example of concepts:

  • Faster dancing
  • Sticking moves right!
  • Diving into details
Lindy Hop:
Skywalkers
For the hardcore swinggeeks
This high level is for students who have completed at least 1,5 years of classes. You must dance regularly at socials and visit international festivals to join this level. This is an intensive class for dancers with similar motivation and goals.

The classes will be fast paced and focus on expanding repertoire and exploring (new) techniques and concepts.

  • Classes are heavily feedback based: you will receive individualised focus and feedback
  • We expect students to give feedback to one another
  • The teachers expect an interactive group where you can exchange ideas and opinions
Lindy Hop:
Stormtroopers
Invitational only
This high level is for students who are recommended by their teachers to join this level. This group comprises of a core group that started dancing together over 2,5 years ago. This class is currently full. If new spots open – we will communicate this. An audition will be required to join this class. If you are interested to be put on the waiting list, please write us an email.

THEME CLASSES

In Block 1 & 2 we often offer two ‘mini-blocks’ of 6 weeks focusing on different swing dance styles, routines or themes. Check our class schedule to find out what we offer this block.

Solo Jazz/Charleston

Charleston is a free and expressive dance style from the roaring 1920’s. It is one of the earliest jazz dance forms which inspired many other dance styles. In these classes you will dance without a partner to swing music. Working on dancing by yourself, specific Solo jazz/Charleston moves, a routine or a certain theme which will make you a more confident dancer.

Classes will focus on increasing your body awareness, improving quality of movement while appreciating musicality and rhythm. Working on your solo movements goes a great way towards improving your partnered dancing.

Absolute beginners: Have you been taking Lindy Hop classes for 3 to 6 months, and want to explore more? If Solo jazz is quite new to you, this is the level for you.

Beginners/intermediate: We expect the students to have attended a Solo jazz/Charleston workshop or learnt a jazz choreo before. This is not a course for absolute beginners, unless you are really up for a challenge.

Partnered Charleston

Partnering up for Charleston happened around the 30s and 40s. The faster the song the better — parties really came alive with Charleston. The dance falls under Swing, but has somewhat of a different attitude and connection than Lindy Hop. But have no fear, Charleston is a great complement to Lindy and  this course is designed to help you build confidence, expand your dance repertoire, and of course, have fun along the way!
This block will be a demanding and effective way to practice and hone your Charleston skills which you want to take to the next level.
Main goals during this block are:
  • Creating confidence to dance Charleston comfortably, and feel excited to hit the dance floor when fast music comes on
  • Zooming in on the partner dynamic and connection
  • Upgrading your condition level in dancing to up-tempo songs
  • Pushing through the basics: owning the moves/routines.
  • Have tons of fun!

Collegiate Shag

Collegiate shag is an energetic partner dance, belonging to the group of swing dances that originated in the 1930’s. It is known for its hoppy basic step and its quick and varied footwork. Back in the day, the dance was often done by college students, hence its name. As collegiate shag was originally a western dance, the basic position is more upright, however most moves in collegiate shag are closely related to other swing dance moves.

Beginner+: We will continue with the basics taught in the previous block. We will repeat the moves learned, add footwork and moves and focus more on technique and leading/following.

This level is for students who have completed the beginners course. If you are new to shag, but you are an advanced Lindy Hopper you can ask for a private before the start of the block to catch up on the basics.

Balboa

This elegant dance style in close embrace is perfect for faster music and crowded dancefloors. In these classes you will learn the basic footwork, connection and basic figures.

Beginners: This level is meant for those who are absolutely new to Balboa and are about to learn their first steps.

Continued: This level is for students who have completed one or two blocks of Balboa classes. You should have a good foundation of the basic footwork of balboa and basic figures such as come around, lollies & throwouts. We will build further on the basics and get more technical in strengthening your foundation while introducing you to newer shapes and figures of this elegant and stylish dance style.

Private classes

If you want to improve your dancing, individually work on certain techniques or figures, or just want to have a teacher’s full attention for a whole hour send an email to swingout@swingstreet.nl or talk to your teacher. Focus classes are given on request, depending on teachers’ availability and the topic you want to focus on.