Courses by Style

Click the "+" symbol to view courses. NOTE: Some Courses are hard to categorize, and don't fit neatly into one style. Look through all the styles to make sure you don't miss something exciting!

NOTE: While this page can be a handy reference, we recommend using the Schedule version to actually plan your classroom experience!

 

+ Lindy Hop (Beg. 12/27)

Competition Prep
12/27 10:45am-1:00pm

(2 hours with Nikki & Mikey) - Open Level, but dancers should have a good grasp of 6 &ano; 8 count Lindy Hop figures, be ready & willing to participate in mock contests, and be prepared for instant feedback during the class.

DESCRIPTION: Distinguish the difference between the various Lindy Hop competitions and what judges look for in each style of contest. Dancing in competitions is a skill of its own that requires training and technique. Discover your strengths and competition style all while building confidence for your next contest.
Missed Connections
12/27 10:45am-1:00pm

(2 hours with Peter & Jon) - Open Level, but you should be comfortable with basic Lindy Hop skills like triple steps, step-steps, and swing outs. The Shim Shim is great to know, but not required.

DESCRIPTION: In this course we are here to help walk you through all of the important steps of creating and maintaining solid partner communication from beginning-to-end: asking someone to dance, getting to know their interests and style, learning to work together and listen to one another, and what to do when things don't go as planned. In addition to some important discussion, the dancing parts will be focused on connecting better with our partners and building our "recovery skills" for when things don't go as planned. We practice a lot to get things right, but when things go awry, we are here to help you make the best of it.
The Musicality Was Inside You All Along
12/27 2:15pm-4:30pm

(2 hours with Hyunjung & Jon) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with basic Lindy Hop skills like triple steps, step-steps, and swingouts and come to class with a strong sense of adventure!

DESCRIPTION: We are going to take just a handful of steps, lots of different styles of music, and stretch those steps for all they are worth.
Compression
12/27 2:15pm-4:30pm

(2 hours with Nikki & Todd) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with basic 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop figures.

DESCRIPTION: Stretch and compression are fundamental components of our partnered connection. Stretch is often addressed but compression not as much, so in this class we will explore this crucial yet often overlooked element.
Fundamental Lindy Hop Repertoire & Concepts
12/27 6:00pm-8:15pm
12/28 6:00pm-8:15pm

(4 hours with Nikki & Mikey) - Open Level.

Alright folks, Lindy Hop is the name of the game, and if you haven't done your time really getting into the nuts and bolts of this dance, this course is for you. This course will cover basic technique you can use in all aspects of the dance, as well as Swing Outs, 6 & 8 count patterns, common dance moves you will encounter on the dance floor, and more. You can expect to walk away with a solid grasp of the language of this most exhilarating and joyous social dance!

+ Lindy Hop (Beg. 12/28)

How to Train Your Lindy Hop, Solo
12/28 10:15am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Jo) - Open Level.

DESCRIPTION: The secret to great Partner Dancing is great Solo Dancing - not just "solo jazz", but solo DANCING, including Lindy Hop! Without solo practice, you're missing out on the most important thing about the dance: you. In this course, we'll focus on quality of movement by drilling isolations, Charleston, and rotation. And we will focus on improvisation by drilling rhythm, phrasing, and flow.
Feelin' the Flow
12/28 10:00am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Elze & Peter) - Audition Required: For this course you should be an experienced dancer. That is, you should be comfortable in mixing 6 counts with 8 count variations in your social dancing without thinking it over, or counting in your head (i.e. send outs, pass-by variations, tuck-turns, swing-outs, circles).

DESCRIPTION: This course is all about how to create flow in the way you dance with and connect to your partner. Sometimes we learn to dance by stringing together blocks of moves. This class will present you with new moves, but also it will focus on the transitions between the moves so that it looks and feels seamless. The goal is to soften the sharper edges around how we connect and make the dance feel more fluid and together.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "How to Train Your Lindy Hop, Solo".
The Super Asian Routine
12/28 10:00am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Hyunjung & Andrew) - Audition Required: This Course is intended for advanced Lindy Hop students. Get ready for 170-220 bpm hardcore Lindy Hop. Be comfortable with basic 4, 6, and 8 count patterns - sugar pushes, all manner of outside/inside turns, and all basic Charleston patterns - side-by-side, hand-to-hand, tandem. Be comfortable changing footwork/doing variations within any of these basic patterns. Solo Jazz experience will be helpful (Big Apple or Tranky Doo).

DESCRIPTION: In this class, we'll explore Hyunjung and Andrew's favorite moves in the form of a routine, and spice them up by adding rhythmical variations. This will be a dynamic, rhythmic, high energy Lindy Hop routine.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "How to Train Your Lindy Hop, Solo".
Lindy Hop Performance Group
12/28 10:15am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Gaby & Nathan) - Open Level, but partner required (EACH PERSON REGISTERS INDIVIDUALLY). Recommended intermediate level and above. Students should already know the steps of Lindy Hop, including swing-out, 6 count, tuck turn, and Charleston. They should enjoy dancing all tempos, and they should be fully capable of: running, jumping, kicking, turning/spinning, hopping, etc. It’s also important they bring at least one nice, non-encumbering outfit for the performance.

DESCRIPTION: Learn a Lindy Hop routine and perform it! Nathan and Gaby have thousands of hours of experience, creating dance material for everything from Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra concerts to ILHC team-division winning entries (Yeah Man/The Killer Dillers), and now they need you! This will be a very rewarding and transformative experience. Performing can give you confidence and self-awareness, and it incorporates a variety of universal dance skills.
Groovin'
12/28 10:00am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Irina & Todd) - Audition Required: Students will be expected to demonstrate confident and technically strong social Lindy Hop. Because the course material will require a close look at the nuances of different styles, instructors will need to see that students have a very solid base to work from.

DESCRIPTION: In this course we will explore various ways of expressing and playing with the music. Students can expect to be dancing to a range of grooves, from a more New Orleans centric vibe to early soul and R&B.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "How to Train Your Lindy Hop, Solo".
Trying New Things
12/28 2:15pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with Jenna & Jon) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with Lindy Hop basic six and eight count rhythms and patterns.

DESCRIPTION: What if we... Extend. Reverse. Catch. Spin. Touch the floor. There are many ways to change up a basic shape into something new or exciting feeling. We will play with different ideas on how to make changes. We will share our creations and you will even make your own.
Throw Down & Slow Down
12/28 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with Elze & Peter) - Audition Required: Students should be at a relatively intermediate level, capable of leading and following some 6 count and 8 count variations (i.e. 6 count send out, pass-by, and 8 count circle). Instructors will show a few of these basic moves, and then ask the students to dance the moves socially amongst themselves for level evaluation.

DESCRIPTION: In this course we’re going to put a little routine together and jam it! Be ready to move, sweat, and jam together… but wait! We’re then going to cool it down and try to find how to make it chill and connected so that it can be done at all tempos.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Trying New Things".
Rhythm & Meter in Swing Music/Dance
12/28 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with Gaby & Nathan) - Audition Required: This course is for experienced and skillful, Lindy Hop, social dancers. Students must be able to accomplish basic steps/moves, like swing-out, without thinking. They must already be comfortable varying footwork, ad lib, and without losing their groove/place in the meter. They must be able to dance a rhythm without step-by-step instruction (manifest a stated rhythm through improvised movement).

DESCRIPTION: Take a solid survey of namable and unnamed rhythm elements, and practice moving to them, with them, and through them. We will start with varieties of swing, and work our way up to difficult syncopations, riffs, song fragments, and phrasing.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Trying New Things".
Whitey's Jam Culture & Performance Lindy Hop
12/28 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with LaTasha & Bobby) - Audition Required: Dancers should know the California Routine from the first swing outs up to the barrel roll, and can dance it comfortably at 220 BPM.

DESCRIPTION: The greatest performers in Lindy Hop history. A culture rooted deep in African and African-American culture. LaTasha & Bobby will explore the techniques and philosophies that allowed them to dance at supreme speeds, the stylings and moves they pioneered, and the importance of the community of jamming in both their dancing and their culture. Though the entire class will not be fast dancing, they should wear clothing they can sweat in and comfortable shoes that can both grip and pivot.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Trying New Things".

+ Lindy Hop (Beg. 12/29)

Smooth Criminal
12/29 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with LaTasha & Mikey) - Open Level, but dancers should have a good handle on 6 & 8 count Lindy Hop basics and be ready to try new things that may be out of the box.

DESCRIPTION: Get inspired to move in new ways by taking ideas from other dances and applying them to Lindy Hop.

+ Lindy Hop (Beg. 12/30)

Level Up: Physical Training for Dancers
12/30 10:15am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with LaTasha) - Open Level, no experience required, but this will be a physically demanding class!

DESCRIPTION: For many social dancers and students, the key to getting to the next level is as much about physical movement training as it is about repertoire and artistic knowledge. This class aims to improve your stamina, dexterity, flexibility & strength through several exercises that will improve your physicality in the moment, but that you can also take home with you for long term improvement.
Any (and all) Swing Goes
12/30 10:00am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with Jenna & Jon) - Audition Required. Students should be comfortable with Lindy Hop (Swingouts, Circles, Send Outs, Tuck Turns), Charleston (Side by Side, Tandem), Balboa (Pure Bal Up or Down Hold, Come Arounds and Toss Outs from Embrace or Open) and Shag (Collegiate - Double Rhythm Basic, Outside Turn or St. Louis - Triple Basic, Kick Aways) basics. You will be asked to demonstrate social dance skills of each of the dances to various tempos.

DESCRIPTION: This class will explore the idea of Swing Dancing, blending the various idioms such as Lindy Hop, Balboa and Shag(s). We will focus on transitions between dances, explore the musical influences of our choices, how to balance mixing dances and preserving them, plus more.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Level Up: Physical Training for Dancers".
Principle of Progression
12/30 10:00am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with Nikki & Mikey) - Audition Required: During the skills assessment, students should be ready to demonstrate a dance routine created by Mikey & Nikki designed to show strong Lindy Hop basics and basic variations among other skills. Video of the routine, along with a breakdown, will be provided in the coming months. Students must be comfortable dancing from 90 to 200+ bpm.

DESCRIPTION: Lindy Hop is a dynamic dance with fluctuating moods and tempos. Slow, Medium, and Fast dancing all require their own training. This is a course geared towards the more experienced dancer and we will focus on building and adapting content to work for varying tempos with an emphasis on having a clear and effective partnership. Come prepared and willing to give and receive feedback.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Level Up: Physical Training for Dancers".
Dance Through It
12/30 10:15am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with Laurel & Michelle) - Open Level, but students should have a solid grasp of common 6- and 8-count rhythms and shapes (swing outs, send outs, circles, tuck turns, sugar pushes) and be comfortable dancing at different tempos.

DESCRIPTION: We'll use musical phrasing to experiment with ways to change our basics to fit the mood of the music, to create dynamics in our partnership, and to always make our own fun as dancers.
Partnering Technique
12/30 2:15pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Gaby & Nathan) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with the six-count basic, simple turns, basic lead/follow goals, and at least a cursory knowledge of the swing-out. Students with more experience than that will get even more out of the class. Students with less experience than that may struggle to find context for the classroom exercises.

DESCRIPTION: This course will cover critical partnering skills, from leading/following to shared improvisation. We will try to give a complete picture of practical connection, including the anatomy of leading/following a single step. Students who specialize as followers or leaders will also spend some time learning the reverse of their habitual role. This course could change your life (but I guess that’s always true, isn’t it?).
Hallelujah Rocks and More!
12/30 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Hyunjung & Andrew) - Audition Required: This course is intended for Int-Adv and above Lindy Hop students. Be ready to comfortably social dance to tempos between 130-170 bpm, with natural transitions through the following patterns: basic 6 count send outs, passes, and sugar pushes, as well as 8 count swingouts, outside and inside turns. Be comfortable exploring closed position.

DESCRIPTION: In this class, we'll take a simple move rocks aka hallelujah rocks or lunges - and apply it to various types of music, and change the groove according to the feel of each song. We will also dig deeper into rocks and find ways to further utilize and explore the move in the closed position, taking inspiration from vintage era dances.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Partnering Technique".
Sparking Movement with Music
12/30 2:15pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Elze & Peter) - Open Level, but students should to be familiar with basic Lindy Hop 8 count and 6 count rhythms and expect to jump in to class material mixing step step and triple step rhythms.

DESCRIPTION: Every now and then we have those nights where we think, “AHHH I’m stuck! I’m doing the same 5 freakin' moves!” Well the goal of this class isn’t to give you different moves, but instead to get you out of your head and into the music! In other words, it’s to re-orient your thoughts away from what you’re doing, and allow you to focus more on where you are in the music. In this class, you’ll learn about the structure of the music and how to rely on it when you feel “out of ideas.” This is an open class. Whether you’re a beginner, or an advanced dancer, it’s not about how you move, but how you can hear the music in new ways.
Sharing the Voice
12/30 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Jo) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with send outs, pass-bys, tuck turns, and swing-outs.

DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on creating a better conversation between Leaders and Followers. Note that this is not just about leaders "making space", nor just about followers "claiming" it, but engaging in a genuine shared interaction that creates an artistic expression that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The Mini Super Asian Routine
12/30 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Hyunjung & Andrew) - Open Level, but intended for students who are confident in their Lindy Hop and fluent in a wide variety of 6- and 8-count repertoire, basic jazz steps and partnering terminology.

DESCRIPTION: We will do a tiny routine built off of current favorites from Andrew and Hyunjung's collage of Lindy Hop knowledge, expect some fun variations, a couple of fancy moves, and a touch of jazz steps in a mini routine!
Turns & Spins Clinic
12/30 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with LaTasha) - Open Level, but not recommended for those with vertigo or who easily get dizzy!

DESCRIPTION: This class is all about owning your rotational skills, both rhythmically and fluidly, upright and low-down, and in all directions! A lot of us don’t take the time to think about how to get around until suddenly we have to do it! In this session the aim is to give you the tools to greatly increase your control and intentionality so you can approach turns and spins with greater mastery.

+ Solo Jazz

The ABCs of Solo Jazz
12/27 10:45am-1:00pm

(2 hours with Laurel & Michelle) - Open Level, but students will benefit from a familiarity with the Frankie Manning Shim Sham.

DESCRIPTION: Looking at solo jazz movement both from a historical context and modern application, finding out how our bodies move best, and learning how to transition from one move to the next. Appropriate for new jazz dancers but also those looking to add depth and nuance to their solo movement!
Challenge Yourself Solo
12/27 10:45am-1:00pm

(2 hours with Clàudia) - Open Level, and basic familiarity with common jazz steps is enough, but know going in that the intention is to be challenged and pushed beyond your normal limits.

DESCRIPTION: This is not simply a challenging solo dance class, but a class about strategies for facing challenges within your dancing. We will work on a short sequence, first finding your own most comfortable way of moving within it, then improvising, and finally sharing. Everyone will be invited to overcome their challenges by finding on-the-spot self discovery!
Solo Improvisation & Flow
12/27 2:15pm-4:30pm

(2 hours with Jo) - Open Level, but it's recommended you come to class with basic jazz knowledge and a dash of bravery.

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever heard a swing saxophonist who is just on fire, playing with seemingly continuous breath and nonstop novelty? Great solo dancing can be like that too! In this class, we'll explore how to create an endless stream of ideas and never get stuck again.
Solo Jazz Performance Group
12/27 6:00pm-8:15pm
12/28 6:00pm-8:15pm

(4 hours with Clàudia) - Open Level, but students should have at least some common jazz background such as Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, or Big Apple.

DESCRIPTION: Take the plunge and immerse yourself in amazing movement! This crew will learn some incredible solo choreography and perform it for camp. Be prepared to break a sweat for the glory of challenging and rewarding jazz!
How to Train a Choreography
12/29 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Jo) - Open Level, but knowledge of the Al & Leon Shim Sham or the Big Apple is recommended.

DESCRIPTION: We will learn a section of solo choreography, and then learn how to train it to perfection.
Moods in Solo Dancing
12/29 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Clàudia) - Open Level, but students should have some experience with Charleston and kicking patterns.

DESCRIPTION: In this class we will learn a short practical sequence using different types of movement and then learn to shape it differently by exploring more into our physical movements and how this might effect the mood of our dancing. We will also take time to boost your comfort and creativity in solo dancing so you can express yourself more easily!
Charleston to House
12/30 2:15pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Clàudia & Jo) - Open Level, but students should consider themselves at an intermediate or above level in their jazz dance study, be comfortable dancing Charleston, balancing on one foot, be ready to sweat, and come to class with lots of enthusiasm.

DESCRIPTION: Learn the steps, the groove, and how to make your jazz look good in a fresh context. This solo dance class will take you through the ages and show you how a few small changes to a move can change you from a vintage dancer to a modern mover.
Solo Rhythmical Flow
12/30 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Clàudia) - Open Level, but students should have at least some common jazz background such as Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, or Big Apple.

DESCRIPTION: Focusing on precision, this class will have a training emphasis in which we look for the flow in our own body movement. We will explore how there’s nothing wrong with looking different from one another even while dancing the same piece!

+ Blues

Ballrooming 101
12/27 6:00pm-8:15pm
12/28 6:00pm-8:15pm

(4 hours with Kelsy & Damon) - Open Level.

DESCRIPTION: When big-bands in the Black communities took a break from their hard swinging tunes for Lindy Hop they played ballads, torch songs, slower jazz songs, and Blues numbers that kept the dancers just as engaged and happy. We’ll look at how to approach these dances that meet at the crossroads of swing, ballroom, and blues.
Texas Shuffle
12/29 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Kelsy & Damon) - Open level.

DESCRIPTION: Leading up to WWII Blues musicians from Texas traveled to California to record blues records and tour and by the end of the war many had moved to the West Coast. As their Texas Blues morphed and changed incorporating more jazz improvisation and taking on a more urban sound their music became known as West Coast Blues and a new dance evolved with it. Join us for Texas Shuffle a cool, footwork centric, dance with a stretch and compression connection that creates a full body groove.
Struttin’: Next Level
12/30 10:00am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with Kelsy & Damon) - Audition Required: Students should be capable of dancing with the blues aesthetic to a wide tempo range for an entire song.

DESCRIPTION: Struttin' is an energetic dance with improvised rhythmic footwork from Memphis and one of our favorite dances for tight spots and up-tempo music it is perfect for bars that play Country or Texas Blues with a chunky base-line rhythm. We’ll teach the basics of this blues idiom dance and then swiftly transition into follower and leader footwork variations, rhythm changes, and high amplitude turns, and how to use flash to spotlight the music.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Level Up: Physical Training for Dancers".
In The Basement! - Party Dances
12/30 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Kelsy & Damon) - Open level.

DESCRIPTION: This class will focus on teaching various blues party dances, great for late nights, house parties, and funky blues bars. We’ll work from the ground up teaching specific idiom dances as well as how to take your freestyle blues to the next level.

+ Music

Student Swing Ensemble
12/28 2:15pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with Anita) Prerequisites: Able to read single-note lines on a staff (even if it requires some thought/working-through). Able to play the chromatic scale, and major and minor scales somewhat comfortably, at least in the keys of C, G, F, Bb, and Eb. Have a general idea of what to do with common basic "jazz" chord symbols like C7, C-7, Cdim, etc. If already comfortable improvising on your instrument, great! If not, know that everyone will be encouraged to improvise at least a little at camp.

There will be one spot per position for the following: Drums, Bass, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead/Soloing Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Saxophone (Tenor or Alto), Vocalist. Nonstandard instruments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. NOTE: large rhythm instruments (piano, drums, bass) are not automatically provided -- if you are thinking about choosing one of these but don't have a way to transport your instrument to the event, we will need to talk to make sure we can find you one to play before reserving your spot!

DESCRIPTION: Students will participate in a small-to-medium sized swing combo, coached in playing the songs and instrument techniques of the '30s/'40's idiom. Prior to camp you will be sent songs and materials to start looking at. During camp you will rehearse as a group, receiving both group and individual feedback.

+ Balboa

Balboa Fundamentals & Core Repertoire
12/27 2:15pm-4:30pm

(2 hours with Kelly & Mickey) - Open Level.

DESCRIPTION: One of the "Big Three" dances at Lindy Focus, Balboa is something we feel like everyone should at least know the basics of! Much if not all the music here is Bal-friendly, and there will be many opportunities to put your lessons to immediate use. Expect to learn all the basic steps, partnering skills, musical awareness and styling that you need to begin your Balboa journey with confidence!
Solo Balboa: Technique, Rhythms & More
12/27 6:00pm-8:15pm
12/28 6:00pm-8:15pm

(4 hours with Kelly & Mickey) - Open Level, but instructors strongly recommend familiarity with basic Balboa footwork patterns.

DESCRIPTION: A lot of folks have taken some Bal courses but have yet to cross over into "owning" their Balboa. We believe this class will be a powerful tool in getting you there! You will be given solo practice exercises so you get comfortable doing this dance to the music without worrying about partnership variables, and then take it to the next level by adding creative and social elements.
Understanding the Bal Legacy
12/28 10:00am-12:30pm
12/29 10:15am-12:30pm

(4 hours with Shani & Bobby) - Audition Required: Dancers should be comfortable with Pure Bal basics, Lollies, Toss Out, Out & Ins, Texas Tommies, and should have several different footwork variations they can execute within these patterns.

DESCRIPTION: This in-depth series will delve deeply into the moves and philosophies from different original dancers that showcase the spirit of the dance through their eyes.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "How to Train Your Lindy Hop, Solo".
Slow Balboa & Laminu
12/28 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/29 2:00pm-4:15pm

(4 hours with Kelly & Mickey) - Audition Required: Students will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of triple steps in Balboa and ideally a Slow Bal basic step.

DESCRIPTION: This will be an intermediate to advanced Slow Bal class. The basics of Slow Balboa will be covered in the first hour to get everyone on the same page, but the class will move beyond that delving into styling and pattern making. Expect to come away with a syllabus of moves pulled directly from old clips.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Trying New Things".
Balboa: Making the Classics Your Own
12/30 10:00am-12:30pm
12/31 11:00am-1:15pm

(4 hours with Kelly & Mickey) - Audition Required: Students should be able to demonstrate, with clean technique and reliable timing, the basics of Balboa and Bal-Swing, including Pure Bal basics, Come Around, Toss Outs, Lollies, and Out & Ins, at a wide variety of tempos.

DESCRIPTION: In this in-depth series, we'll be talking about where Bal has come since we started, how we developed our style based on our interpretation of what the old timers did, what elements do you keep vs. what elements do you throw out when you're trying to create your own style & still keep it "balboa", what is "balboa" these days, etc.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Level Up: Physical Training for Dancers".
Balboa Flow
12/30 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Shani & Bobby) - Audition Required: This course is intended for an Int/Adv level and students should be comfortable with a social dance demonstration of Pure Bal basics, Lollies, Toss Out, and Out & Ins.


DESCRIPTION: This course will take a comprehensive look at techniques, moves, and footwork-play, all within the context of flow, an essential element to Balboa and Bal-Swing.
NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Partnering Technique".

+ Variety

Exploring Closed Position Dances
12/27 10:45am-1:00pm

(2 hours with Elze & Andrew) - Open Level, but some partner dance experience is very helpful, and we will likely at least make references to some common Lindy Hop vocabulary.

DESCRIPTION: We will explore how to dance comfortably in closed position -- taking inspiration from various old dances including Peabody, Two Step, One-Step, and other European Folk Dances like the Polka! Not just a "survey" of these dances; we will give you ideas to take fun movement and inspiration from these dances and incorporate them into your larger swing vocabulary!
Drum Speak
12/27 2:15pm-4:30pm

(2 hours with LaTasha & Josh) - Open level, no experience required, but this will be a physically demanding class!

DESCRIPTION: World class swing drummer Josh Collazo and multidisciplinary dance phenomenon LaTasha Barnes come together to share this very special class about rhythm, listening, communicating, and creating. We will talk about how specific movement techniques are shared by musicians and dancers, what it means to physically produce a rhythm in different mediums, and how to respond in your own body with rhythms that you both hear and see.
The World of Tandem Charleston
12/27 6:00pm-8:15pm
12/28 6:00pm-8:15pm

4 hours with Jo & Todd) - Open Level, but students should be familiar with basic Charleston and basic Tandem Charleston.

DESCRIPTION: In this course we will play with various entrances and exits into tandem, as well as variations within tandem, and close relatives of the tandem.
Classic Burlesque
12/29 6:00pm-8:15pm

(2 hours with Nikki) - Open Level.

DESCRIPTION: This course will cover Bump, Grind, Shimmy and beyond with a focus on sensual improv movement.
St. Louis Shag Grab Bag
12/30 2:00pm-4:30pm
12/31 2:15pm-4:30pm

(4 hours with Jenna & Todd) - Audition Required: Students should have a solid understanding and execution of St. Louis Shag Basics, Kick Aways, Sliding Doors, Crossovers, and Fall of the Logs. You will be asked to demonstrate socially transitioning between these shapes to uptempo Swing and Jump Blues.

DESCRIPTION: A variety of classic and modern ideas to spice up your shag.

NOTE: If you don't pass the skill assessment for this course, your automatically assigned replacement course will be "Partnering Technique".