Monthly Class Sessions
Thursdays at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St.
Learn to swing dance! Our awesome teaching staff will get you warmed up and social dancing in no time. No partner required! Get out your dancing shoes (or socks) and get pumped for a great time.
Payment: Please arrive a few minutes early to register and pay at the first lesson. Regular classes are $25 per 4-week series. New students are generally able to join in week 2 and be slightly behind, but not 3-4 as the classes are progressive. Make checks out to Jumptown. No drop-ins, refunds, or discounts for missing some days.
Levels: No dance experience required for Lindy Hop A & B. If you have other dance experience, but not Lindy Hop, we ask that you start with these classes anyway – Lindy is different from other dances. Many students take the intro classes multiple times before attempting the intermediate classes: this is highly recommended. Intermediate classes are for students comfortable with the material in A & B as we will build on it frequently.
Shoes Bring an extra pair of shoes with clean, non-marking soles. Otherwise you can dance in socks.
June 29 – Special 5th Week Class
6:30pm to 8:30pm – Collegiate Shag Bootcamp with Sarah and Jason ($10)— In this special two hour class, Sarah and Jason will teach you the basics of the Collegiate Shag, a dance known for its hopping basic step and high energy footwork!
6:30pm Lindy Hop A with Emily and Jason — Come learn to swing dance with us. We’ll show you basic Lindy Hop moves and rhythms and get you social dancing in 4 weeks. Lindy Hop A focuses on 6-count rhythms and moves like the Tuck-turn and Pass-by along with fundamental Lindy Hop technique and style. No partner or experience required.
7:30pm Intermediate: Intro to Balboa with Sarah and Matt — A popular dance for saving energy during fast music, Balboa is fun to do once you learn the basics. Come and dance with us as we introduce you to the footwork and the techniques to lead or follow Balboa on the dance floor! Please note: this dance uses “close embrace” posture. Intermediate classes are for students who feel completely comfortable with the content from Lindy A & B as we will build on it frequently.
August 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30pm Lindy Hop B with Sarah and Andrew— Come learn to swing dance with us. We’ll show you basic Lindy Hop moves and rhythms and get you social dancing in 4 weeks. Lindy Hop B focuses on 8-count rhythms and moves like the Swingout and Lindy circle along with fundamental Lindy Hop technique and style. No partner or experience required.
7:30pm Intermediate: Intro to Charleston with Sarah and Andrew — A popular dance for contending with fast music, the Charleston is a blast to do once you learn the basics. Come and dance with us as we introduce you to the footwork and the techniques to let your Charleston shine – and don’t be afraid to get warm doing it! Intermediate classes are for students who feel completely comfortable with the content from Lindy A & B as we will build on it frequently.
Do I need a partner?
No. We rotate partners during class so that everyone can practice, which is typical for social dance classes. Of course we’d love it if you brought a friend or four.
Do I need to already be a dancer?
Our intro classes are designed for people with no prior dance experience. Our intermediate classes are for people who have, at least, taken both intro classes and gone out social dancing. Before taking any Lindy Hop-based intermediate class, you must, at minimum, be comfortable dancing the basic swingout.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. Shoes that have been worn outside or that will mark the floor are generally not allowed, and our main class venue also does not allow heels. Dance-specific shoes that have suede leather on the bottom should be fine, and socks are, too.
What’s the difference between Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and “swing”?
Lindy Hop is a partner dance that started in late 1920s Harlem and has since spread around the world. It emphasizes improvisational dancing to swing jazz music.
East Coast Swing is based on a dance developed by the Arthur Murray ballroom dance studio chain in the 1940s that simplified some aspects of Lindy Hop. It is taught differently in a ballroom context or as a “street” style.
West Coast Swing is danced to different music: a mixture of R&B, top 40, blues, country, and hip hop. Some of its basic patterns are derived from Lindy hop, but the technique is separate.
“Swing” is an umbrella term for various dances including these and others. Commonly, “swing” classes with no qualifier are East Coast Swing.
What should I practice?
At the beginning of each class we do warm-ups that are also good exercises to do at home to improve your rhythm and movement. Also, come out social dancing with us. You don’t have to have taken tons of classes to social dance, and we encourage people to come out to a weekly dance at The Brink Lounge after the intro class.
I’ve already taken classes in X style of dance. Is that like Lindy hop?
Probably not. At least, not exactly. All partner/social dances share some things in common, but each is a different style, and Lindy Hop is distinct from ballroom, salsa, other swing dances etc.
Are there videos to recap what we learned?
Posting recap videos is up to individual teachers and not all classes will have them, but check the Jumptown YouTube channel.