From September 2019, we have the following levels for Lindy Hop & Balboa classes:

Please see below detailed description for each course and what you need to know before you sign up.

Lindy Hop Beginners

What you have to know (your dancing experience):

Actually, nothing. We do not expect you to have any experience in any other dance (and even if you have that experience, that’s not going to be important in our case). You also do not need to have natural dancing talent or be a rhythmical prodigy, and of course we don’t expect you to quote Artie Shaw interview from 1938. In fact, you will learn all these things in our classes.

What you will do in the classes:

Maybe contrary to some other swing dance classes around we are going to introduce you to the original authentic Lindy Hop they used to dance in Harlem, New York in 1930s and 1940s. In our classes we try as much as possible to refrain from more modern (as in contemporary) additions to the dance, and also we try to immediately build a strong link to the language of jazz, to understand the era and environment in which the dance was born. You will learn basic steps and figures of Lindy Hop, but we’ll spend some time talking about which music fits the dance the most and why, we’ll talk about rhythmical structure of swing music and learn the basics of solo jazz dancing.

After you finish this first course (which could take about 10-15 lessons, depending on the learning pace of your specific group), we’ll invite you to join the next level - beginner-intermediate (which most likely will be Thursdays from 6:30pm till 7:45pm starting late November or early December). You can take a look at the picture to imagine what kind of transitions are waiting for you. Should you not feel comfortable moving to the next level, you are welcome to repeat the beginners course with the next beginners group.

Clothing/Shoes:

No special requirements, you might enjoy the most wearing soft shoes with no heels and loose, comfortable clothes.

Lindy Hop Beginners Intermediate

What you have to know (your dancing experience): There are two possibilities.

First option is if you join this group after you finish the beginners track with any of the BSDC teachers for at least half a year. You can also join this group if you previously were in other classes of BSDC (in levels BI, I, IA), and had to stop for a while, but now you are willing to come back to regular classes. Normally, you are familiar with “8-count basic steps” and “6-count basic steps” (well, maybe sometimes confuse them), you know a swing out (but maybe it’s still a hard one for you to dance) and you know that solo jazz is a necessity (but you still cannot really dance most of the solo moves that we do on our warmups).

Second option is if you were going for a full year or more to other dance schools. We strongly invite you to start from this level, as some basic moves and steps would be explained and practiced differently from what you might be used to. In fact, you might be a good dancer already with several years of experience, attending dance camps and workshops, however still, we encourage you to start your journey with BSDC exactly from this level. This in no way means you’ll get held back in your development – quite the opposite, it will help you to quicker get into the basics and move on to the next level.

What you will do in the classes:

We are going to learn dancing the “old way” – following the steps of Savoy ballroom dancers. There will be plenty of solo jazz, lots of rhythm and music, dialogue with your partner, and not so many actual partner figures. We will not focus at all on so much overvalued these days leading and following technique, but rather invite everyone to be a dancer and not a subject. Of course, there still will be plenty of working on technique, even though the approach will be drastically different from what is common in contemporary Lindy Hop. The emphasis will be on the dance being an art form of Afro-American community in Harlem Renaissance era and you will learn how to express yourself under this umbrella.

Clothing/Shoes:

No special requirement, although you might fancy an idea to get shoes with leather sole (with a small, 5cm or less, heel for ladies). Same goes for clothes – just choose something loose and comfortable.

Lindy Hop Intermediate

What you have to know (your dancing experience):

We invite everyone who were taking classes with BSDC (levels I/A) for at least one full year to join this group. You are already familiar with all the basic figures and steps and you know the “Frankie Manning” swingout. You know for sure that solo jazz takes a significant part of your Lindy Hop dancing (although maybe it’s still hard for you to actually dance solo on the dance floor – this is OK, we will work on that). This group will be open all year around for students from Beginners Intermediate level to join when they feel like having a challenge.

What you will do in the classes:

We will keep working exclusively on social aspect of the dance. The music tempo will be moderate and slow. We’ll focus on rhythmic variations of known basic steps. We’ll keep working on improving solo jazz moves, which should become substantial and important part of your couple dialogue. We will also work on the basics of jazz music theory, learn the names of people, who played significant role in history and development of the dance, and most importantly we will teach you how to understand and speak the language of jazz.

To make this course a personal success we also encourage you to attend solo jazz lessons (Thursdays for more advanced dancers; Wednesdays for beginner track). It is actually not that important which level you go to, just choose what is more comfortable and interesting for you. Besides, we assume that everything you learn there you will be able to show off on the dancefloor, so going out and dancing on social parties or practice sessions will most likely also be a plus.

Clothing/Shoes:

Since rhythmical variations require footwork and good connection with a floor, we will appreciate if you wear shoes with leather sole (maybe with a small, 5cm or less, heel for ladies). Nothing special for clothes – just choose something loose and comfortable.

Small Workshop: Lindy Hop & Jazz Advanced

What you have to know (your dancing experience):

We invite everyone who was taking classes with BSDC (level I) for at least one full year or who was already in A-level track last year to join this group. We will consider you are well familiar with main principles of “old school” Lindy Hop, you are good in understanding rhythmical structure of swing music, you are generally good in communicating with your partner and you are not afraid of new solo jazz moves in your dancing.

Registraion will be opened for every day of this classes. You will need to have a partner to join Lindy Hop themes, no partner is needed for Jazz themes.

What you will do in the classes:

Each time we will focus on one, very specific piece of vintage black-and-white dance clips. It might be either Lindy Hop (for example, well-known classics such as “Day at the races”, “Hot Chocolate”, “Hellzapoppin’”, “Jamming the blues” and others) or Authentic Jazz (famous routines or unknown newly discovered videos). We don’t necessarily expect you to immediately use these routines in your social dancing (most likely it will be the opposite, this will not be easy to perform on the social dance floor). We do, however, believe insights into these clips are the most valuable things we can pass to our students to give them the feeling of being one of the dancers from that era, starring in those movie sequences.

Description of every theme will be given in special announcement on our Facebook group.

It’s possible we will also learn and practice some classic air steps while working on the routines from vintage clips.

Clothing/Shoes:

For this course we would advise 2 types of shoes: one pair with leather sole (small but steady heels are ok for ladies’ shoes), and one pair of sneakers or similar sportswear, which is safe and comfortable for jumps. As for clothes, you will need loose pants, that do not limit your moves (wearing jeans will probably be not a good idea for high kicks and jumps) and, long-sleeve shirts. Sometimes we will recommend some special shoes, please read the announcements carefully.

 

Balboa Crash Course for Beginners

What you have to know (your dancing experience):

You don’t need to have any experience with Balboa. We invite:
-Lindy Hoppers, who would like quickly learn "Balboa basics";
-Balboa dancers who want to refresh their basics;
-Anyone who is ready to work and learn fast.

What you will do in the classes:

This is a 2 weeks intensive course for beginners. Every evening you will have:

  • 1 hour of Pure Bal,

  • short break. We will show you some vintage Balboa video clips,

  • 1 hour of Bal Swing,

  • 15 minutes of social dance.

You will learn all basic steps and basic moves. You will be ready to join next level of regular Balboa Intermediate classes from October.

Clothing/Shoes:

For this course we would advise pair with leather sole (small but steady heels are ok for ladies’ shoes). Nothing special for clothes – just choose something loose and comfortable.