Swing Dance Society
WHO WE ARECLANSCOURSESEVENTSBLOGMY SOCIETY
Levels - Just Swing It!

levels

for Just Swing It!



Balboa

Open

This level is actually not a real level. It means that, in order to successfully follow the class, it is not necessary to have former experiences since the material covered in this class is suitable for both experienced dancers and anyone approaching this dance for the first time.



Beginner

If this is the first time you approach Balboa and you want to learn it in the best way, this is your level.
No former experience is requie to access this level.



Beginner / Intermediate

You have been dancing balboa for at least 6 month.
You know the basics of balboa (down hold & up hold), come around, out and in.



Intermediate

Your basics are strong and you have no difficulties with dancing in close and open position at different paces.
If you have been dancing balboa regularly for at least a year, you already attended at least a balboa workshop and you want to deepen you technic, this might be your level.



Intermediate / Advanced

Your basics are really strong, you have no difficulties with dancing in close and open position at different paces and you know quite a lot of variations.
If you have been dancing balboa regularly for at least 2 years, you already attended several International workshop of balboa and you want to deepen your technic, this might be your level.



Blues

Open

This level is actually not a real level. It means that, in order to successfully follow the class, it is not necessary to have former experiences since the material covered in this class is suitable for both experienced dancers and anyone approaching this dance for the first time.



Beginner

This level is designed for those who have never danced blues, or that have tried other disciplines (lindy, balboa, tango). In this level you will learn the basics and some basic shapes and moves, you will practice to slow rhythms with clear and simple structure.



Beginner / Intermediate

You have been dancing blues from at least 6 months and/or you have already attended some blues workshop: Even though your vocabulary of blues steps is not huge, you can follow or lead and enjoy playing with the music. You have basic notions of creativity and occasionally try to improvise on the music.



Intermediate

You have been dancing blues for at least one year, you are able to dance both basic and more articulated steps and shapes to different musical rhythms and speeds, ranging from slow to fast. You can recognize the different blues styles, from chicago to boogaloo, and interpret them through figures and improvisation. You're also starting to try role switching between leader and follower. You have already attended national and international blues festival and you are madly in love with blues scene.



Intermediate / Advanced

You have been dancing blues for at least two years, you attend classes regularly, you have participated in so many international workshop that you can't remember them all and maybe you also challenged yourself with some competition... that is, blues is your choice. You are able to learn quickly and you are trying to bring your dancing to a higher level.
You are focusing a lot on technics, musicality, connection with your partner and you like to explore the boundaries of your expression.



Lindy Hop

Beginner / Intermediate

You've attended at least 1 year of Lindy Hop classes. You know the basics of 6 and 8 counts and you've been taught the fundamentals of leading and following.
On social dance floors you know how to do a Swing Out, Circle and what a Lindy Turn is. You are also familiar with Lindy Charleston basics.
If you know what we're talking about then this is the right level for you!


Intermediate

You've been dancing Lindy Hop for at least two years, you attend a weekly class , you participate in social dances quite often and you've already been at a Lindy Hop dance camp.
You are very comfortable with Swing Out, Circle, Lindy Turn and Texas Tommy and so on. You also know Lindy Charleston steps quite well. You understand concepts such as connection and musicality.
If this description sounds like you, well, this is your level!
Instead, if you don't recognize yourself in the above description, we suggest you take the beginner/intermediate level to quickly improve your dancing skills!


Intermediate / Advanced

You've been dancing Lindy Hop for at least three years, you are almost always on the dance floor. You’ve attended Intermediate classes at international camps.
You are at ease with all basic moves, and you add variations to your dance.
Following/leading is no longer an issue, you know how to handle a social dance and you can improvise during a song.
If all that matches with your level, you are in the right place!


Advanced

You've been dancing Lindy Hop for at least four years, you are always on the dance floor, even abroad.
You’ve attended various camps, in the higher classes.
You know tons of moves and you do variations in Lindy and in Lindy Charleston.
You are no stranger to authentic jazz steps during your dancing, and you do variations. You have a personal style characterized by the interpretation of the music. You are at ease with fast and slow songs.
Is this you?