Class Descriptions

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CLASS SERIES

5 Week Ongoing Classes Sessions

LINDY 1

Discover the joyous fun of the original swing dance, Lindy Hop! We start from the very beginning and make this class series accessible to everyone, regardless of experience. Get ready to have a whole lot of fun!

Pre-req NONE Tempo: 120-145 beats per minute

LINDY 2A, 2B, 2C

Improve your fundamentals from Lindy 1 and expand your assortment of moves. Additional turns and Charleston patterns while upping your lead/follow skills and ability to intermix timings. 2a, 2b, and 2c can be taken in any order. Different material in each series!

Pre-req Lindy 1  Tempo: 125-155 beats per minute.

Lindy Frankie Favorites

Discover the magic of dancing in the style and spirt of lindy hop's greatest ambassador, Frankie Manning. Steps will be taught at gentle pace with a mix of partnered and solo steps All steps eventually connect to form one of Frankie Manning's final routines. This is a great class to get a sense of "flow" within your lindy hop.

Pre-req: Lindy 1

LINDY 3

You have become comfortable with the material from the lindy 2 series.  Timing and styling variations are explored along with deeper partnering concepts. Classes are themed each session. Pre-req: Completion of Lindy 2A, 2B, and 2C or instructor permission 

Lindy 3: The Frankie Archive Go beyond the classic steps taught in our Lindy 2 series. Using material (much of which is not publicly available), we will recreate some incredibly fun material from lindy hop's greatest ambassador, Frankie Manning. Clips will be shown after class to connect you to the source material.

Lindy 3: Easy Does It Find a good groove with comfy material for mid-tempo songs. Lots of styling variations with a focus on keeping relaxed timing.

LINDY 4

You are looking to form your own “global lindy hop concept.”  How does this dance work?  Details and ideas that will keep you up at night! Class is themed each session.

Pre-req: Lindy Hop 3 at least two times or instructor permission.  Tempo:  100-270 beats per minute

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SOLO JAZZ

Explore the fun of solo swing, boogie, and Charleston steps.  Classic and  “new classic” routines are broken down in accessible ways. 

Pre-req: Varies by series 

Solo Jazz: The Big Apple

Learn the iconic solo jazz routine, The Big Apple. Choreographed by Frankie Manning in 1943 for the film, "Keep Punchin'", this routine is high energy and incredibly fun. The Big Apple is celebrated by lindy hoppers all around the world!

Pre-req: Lindy 3 or Solo Jazz

SWING IT SPECIALS

One Day Unique Workshops

4/28 SAMPLER

This is swing dance playtime! Try some new skills and have a hilarious time while doing it. Slides, Swivels, Creativity, and Flashy Steps. Registration gets you access to all of the sample classes and video party afterward. Classes taught by Katie & Mark Kihara and special guest instructor, Robin Nunnally.

Pre-req: All Levels

4/30 Shim Sham

Learn the basics of the classic line dance. It's a must know for any lindy hopper. We do the Shim Sham every week at the Swing It Seattle Social!

Pre-req: All Levels

5/1 Swing It Special: Frankie Solo Secrets

Learn some fun and very accessible solo steps of lindy hop's greatest ambassador, Frankie Manning. Many of these steps you won't see anywhere else! These are great stylings elements for all levels.

Pre-req: Lindy 2

5/1 Intro to Airsteps PARTNER REQUIRED

Discover the fundamental elements of airsteps in this introductory workshop. Learn the techniques to "spot" safely. This material expand on our previous airstep workshops while adding new elements.

Pre-req: Lindy 2

CLASS HELPER

*Special Offer for Lindy 2 and up students*

Invite a friend to register for the full lindy 1 series and you can take it with them for free! Class Helpers must be willing to dance either role to balance out the class.

Additional descriptions for the MAR/APR session

Lindy 3: Musicality

Connect new and familiar steps with the music.  We will social dance a variety of elements and then put them all together into one routine to the Lionel Hampton classic, “Flying Home.”  This class will help unlock basic musical structures and improve your ear for different elements of swing music.

Lindy 3: All Tempos

Discover material and explore lindy at a wide range of tempos. Slow and groovy, fast and ferocious, we’ll work both ends of the spectrum. This series will prepare you for any swingin’ tempo the social dance can bring.

Lindy 4: Pump Up the Jam

Swing hard, look good, blow minds and cheer each other on!  We will work on a variety of jam formats including partner, ensemble, and solo.   Slow to fast, swing to stomp, get ready to let loose!

Solo Jazz: Swing It Stomp

It’s the new classic!  Expand your solo vocabulary with this original solo routine.  Get ready to tear up the floor to Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra’s “King Porter Stomp.”