Tracks & Track Placements
All Friday classes are self-selected. Please use the track guide below to help you place yourself in the most appropriate classes.
Friday track placements
We will be holding track placements during classes on Friday.
If you’d like to participate in track placements, please select “track placement” for your workshop track when you register for the event. You’ll also be asked a few questions about your dance experience.
Once registered, and closer to the event, we’ll assign you a group and time for your track placement, and you’ll attend the track placement instead of a class that hour. We will do the best we can to make it relatively painless for you and more accurate for everyone.
We’ll release the results of the track placement early evening Friday, in which you’ll be placed into a group of similar dancers.
If you have any concerns about the track you’ve been placed into, then you may attend our track questions session on Saturday morning.
Saturday track placements
If you are unable to attend the Friday track placements and classes, then we will also host a shorter track placement on Saturday morning. The Saturday morning track placements are ONLY for those people who are unable to attend the Friday track placement. If at all possible, please attend the Friday track placements, as it is difficult to make a second track placements fair for everyone.
Classes you can take
Once you are placed in a track, you’ll still have options of what classes you’d like to take. You’ll be able to take classes in your track, classes in lower tracks, and “ALL” classes. Choose your own adventure with our schedule!
This year’s tracked classes will have similar focuses across tracks in which your instructors will be teaching similar concepts. While the more experienced tracks may get further or have slightly different goals and material, the overall focus will be similar. In your mentor group, you’ll be able to more easily share and practice what you got from classes.
The descriptions below give an approximation of the experience that dancers in those tracks generally have. The time frames below are only approximations. Please keep in mind that these are general ranges from what we’ve seen in the past. There will always be a range within each group, and each year can be a little different based on who attends.
If you have little to no experience with Lindy Hop, these tracks are designed for you! Click here for all the info.
Orange Track (2) – open enrollment
Advanced beginner classes. You have roughly 6 months to a year of experience with Lindy Hop and know the basics: swingout, circle, six count passes and turns, and side-by-side Charleston. You’ve been out dancing and enjoying what you know. If you are newer to Lindy Hop, please take our beginners tracks.
Red Track (3) – open enrollment
Intermediate classes. You have been taking classes consistently and social dancing for over a year and have taken lots of classes, workshops, and social dance frequently. You’ve solidified your basics (swingout, circle, swivels, tuck turns, texas tommy, side-by-side and tandem Charleston) and have a repertoire of moves and styling that you can do on the social dance floor.
Blue Track (4) – track placement 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, a good connection with others that you social dance with, and can adapt to different techniques. You’ve likely begun traveling to various events.
Green Track (5) – track placement required
You have been Lindy Hopping for more than a few years, taken lots of classes, workshops, and likely traveled for many of them. You have a larger repertoire of moves and styling that you don’t have to think much about while you are dancing. And you can connect with most people you dance with.
Yellow Track (6) – track placement required
You’ve probably been dancing over five years. You are a confident dancer and 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. You understand that to become an advanced dancer you need to go back to the basics. It is not about memorizing patterns, but understanding challenging techniques and how to move your body. These classes will be fast paced and challenging.
Pink Track (7) – track placement 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 competitions (ILHC, Camp Jitterbug, Camp Hollywood, Boston Tea Party…) and generally making finals in advanced contests. You can dance to basically any tempo. You are interested in quality of movement and musicality more than learning a move. These classes will be fast paced and challenging.
Masters – invitation
You are competing in national competitions (ILHC, Camp Jitterbug, Camp Hollywood, Boston Tea Party…) and placing in the top half of the finals. You have reached a point in which you are more interested in the quality of movement than quantity of moves. Teacher critique is expected and welcomed.