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:
Intermediate
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. 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
  • Diving into details
Lindy Hop:
Troopers
For the hardcore swinggeeks
Have you been dancing for a while and do you want to geek out more on your dancing? this is the level!

This level is for students who have completed at least 1 year (or more) of classes. You must dance regularly at socials and visit international festivals to join this level.

Classes at this level will be more intensive than our regular classes, they focus on improving your basic foundation, body awareness and technique alongside exploring (new) techniques and concepts.

  • Classes are more feedback based: you will receive individualised focus and feedback and we expect students to give feedback to one another
  • Teachers expect you to have the basic lindy hop footwork, moves and shapes down so we can drill down on them and/or combine them to explore new concepts
  • Expect classes on: rhythms, different ways of moving your body, playfulness and styling.

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.

Aerials

This 5 week course will provide the foundation for an array of dips, tricks, jumps, lifts & aerials. In this block, you will be introduced to important concepts around timing and connection and learn how to use your own body and weight and that of your partner to achieve cool shapes and figures. We will start by introducing you to simple dips and tricks and gradually move on to more advanced aerials and airsteps.

To join this block, you will need to sign up with a partner. We will work with fixed partners during most classes, so it’s important that you sign up with someone.

To join this course, you should have already been dancing Lindy Hop for at least a year.

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.

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

This level is for students who have completed the beginners course (and/or more courses).

Performance: In 5 weeks time we will work on a performance routine featuring combo’s and moves in both Collegiate and St Louis Shag. We will put special focus on lines/positions, styling and the execution of moves. We also hope to perform it on the 5th of may during the liberation day festival.

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.