Workshop Levels

Beginner Track

See below for more information on the Beginners Track.

Level 2 (aka Beginner/Intermediate)

This level is not for the absolute Lindy Hop beginners, but for those who have minimal Lindy Hop experience. You have taken at least 2-6 months* of Lindy Hop and you know the basics: 6-count swing, lindy swingout, lindy circle, and side-by-side Charleston. We hope you have been out dancing and enjoying what you know. If you want to reach the next level, this is the place to be. These classes will help you to refine your ability and expand your basic variations. If you have no Lindy Hop experience, please take our beginner track.

You may take classes labeled Level 2 or ALL.

*Time frames are only an approximation. Being a good match for the skill description is far more important than the length of time you have been dancing.

Level 3 (aka Intermediate)

You have been taking classes consistently and social dancing for about a year*. You have been introduced to terms like connection, musicality and improvisation. Solid Lindy Hop basics (lindy swing out, lindy circle, Texas Tommy, side-by-side Charleston, and tandem Charleston) are necessary. This level is about solidifying what you know, and improving your lead/follow skills, connection, improvisation, movement and musicality.

You may take classes at your level or below.

*Time frames are only an approximation. Being a good match for the skill description is far more important than the length of time you have been dancing.

Announcement: This year we have changes to our leveling. First, all students signing up for level 4 (last year’s intermediate/advanced) or higher will audition. Second, we are splitting our “intermediate/advanced” and “advanced” tracks from last year into four levels: Level 4, 5, 6, and 7. Approximately half of your classes will be combined (such as Level 4/5) and the other half will be separated for a smaller learning environment.

Level 4 (Try-out Required**)

You have a couple of years* of Lindy Hop experience, taken lots of classes, workshops, and social dance frequently. You have a nice repertoire of moves and styling. You have good connection and can adapt to different techniques. In these classes you will learn a lot of new material to expand and improve your dictionary of moves and technique.

You may take classes at your level or below.

Level 5 (Try-out Required**)

You have been Lindy Hopping for more than a couple years*. You’ve taken a lot of workshops and likely traveled for many of them. You don’t have to think too much while you are dancing as things come naturally for you. You can connect with most people you dance with. In these classes you will learn new material and dig into technique and musicality.

You may take classes at your level or below.

Level 6 (Try-out Required**)

Stuff starts to get really hard around this. You’ve probably been dancing over five years*. You understand that to become an advanced dancer you need to go back to the basics. It is not about memorizing patterns, but really understanding challenging techniques and how to move your body. You are a confident dancer, you can create new moves and styling right on the floor. You can handle fast and slow tempos, tricky moves, and can make it all work to the music. These classes will be fast paced and challenging.

You may take classes at your level or below.

Level 7 (Try-out Required**)

You’ve likely been dancing for a decade, and you’ve likely tried other dances and learned other styles of movement and techniques. You are competing at national level competitions (ILHC, Camp Jitterbug, Camp Hollywood, Boston Tea Party…) and generally making finals in advanced level contests. You are interested in quality of movement and musicality more than learning a move. You can dance to basically any tempo. These classes will be fast paced and challenging.

You may take classes at your level or below.

*Time frames are only an approximation. Being a good match for the skill description is far more important than the length of time you have been dancing.

**If you register for Level 4 through 7, you will have the opportunity to try out Friday and Saturday mornings. The format will have some solo dancing, social dancing, and potentially some learning element. No partner is necessary. Not everyone who tries out will be selected for Level 4 or higher.

Master Class (Invitation)

You are competing in national level competitions (ILHC, Camp Jitterbug, Camp Hollywood, Boston Tea Party…) and placing at minimum in the top half of the finals. You have reached a level in which you are more interested in the quality of movement than quantity of moves. Teacher critique is expected and welcomed.

Auditions

We will stagger auditions this year. Running the Level 7 auditions, then Level 6, Level 5, and finally Level 4. Each audition will last approximately 20 minutes and will have some solo dancing and then social dancing. No partner is necessary. After the Level 4 audition we will run the Level 6 Balboa audition.

In each audition, the judges will be selecting ONLY the people that are being chosen for that level. This will allow the judges to go as fast as possible and not tire anyone out. You may sign up for any level and audition for that level – however, we HIGHLY encourage you to do your best to self-place into the most appropriate level. We want these auditions to go as fast as we can make them so that you do not wear yourselves out before class. But if you sign up for Level 7 and then end up not making the cut for Level 7, or Level 6, or Level 5, and then have to audition for Level 4, you’d be asked to dance a lot. Which is crazy. Do not do that to yourself!

Beginners Track

Do you know someone who’s eager to learn Lindy Hop, but just can’t commit to going to weekly classes? We are offering a special Beginner’s Track crash course for people looking to start their journey into Lindy Hop during the Lindyfest/Lone Star weekend.

Beginner’s lessons are Saturday March 18th, 2016 from 10:30-3:40 at the hotel (approximately 4 hours of classes, with breaks). Registration for the Beginner track includes entrance into the Saturday Night dance.

This track is for those who have little to no experience with Lindy Hop. If you have never taken a Lindy Hop class, or have taken just a month or two of classes, we recommend you register for our Beginner’s workshop. We start from the very beginning and teach you how to put the triple in your step. You’ll also be treated to special visits from legends of the dance. Registration is only $59 and includes 4 hours of instruction from Jon Tigert and Jenna Applegarth!

If you would like more instruction, there is an additional opportunity: the Beginner Plus Track. In addition to Saturday classes, there will be lessons on Sunday March 19th, 2016 from 10:00-4:50 at the hotel (approximately 4 hours of classes, with breaks). You can also attend the Sunday night dance. Beginner’s Plus is available for $89. Some swing experience recommended.

Also, for both the Beginner Track and the Beginner Plus Track, you’ll also be able to attend the our ‘Inside the Dancer’s Studio’ on Sunday!

Balboa

Back by popular demand, we are offering 8 hours of Balboa instruction with diverse material for both beginner-level and more-advanced dancers. We will have 2-3 balboa classes each day. This year we have Sylvia Sykes, Nick Williams, Kelly Arsenault, Mickey Fortanasce, and Mia Halloran!

Announcement: This year we are adding Level 6 (aka Advanced) classes for Balboa! Approximately half of our classes will be for advanced balboa dancers.

If you register for Level 6 balboa classes, you will have the opportunity to try out Friday and Saturday morning.