Born in Harlem, New York City around the 1920s, it flourished in its popularity around the late 30s and 40s together with the Swing music and the era of big bands. Lindy Hop is a joyful and energetic partner dance which is based on the lead and follow structure but opens up to endless amounts of improvisation and individual interpretation. Having its roots in Afro-American culture, it incorporates the elements of The Charleston, Break Away, Tap and Authentic Jazz. Being one of the core styles in the Swing dance family, Lindy Hop is uniting people all around the world in their ability to communicate within the couple and groove with the beats of the Swing music.
About the Classes
What is a Lindy Hop course?
An 8 weeks swing course includes a weekly one hour lesson (8 weeks = 8 lessons). All classes are progressive meaning every week the new material builds on what was taught the week before. You will learn to lead & follow, rhythms, movements, musicality and choregraphies according to the level you signed up. During each course you might come back to the basics, but you will deal with it in different depths.
New courses take place every 2-3 months from September to June/July. Course registration opens about two weeks before the start of a new round of classes. When the next round of courses starts, we will always announce it on our Facebook page, so stay tuned.
One more thing to know, in our classes we rotate partners, which means you will practice with different people throughout the lesson, and we do not make any exceptions.
Once you registered don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes, a spare T-shirt and a bottle of water… and a big smile on your face.
Where are the classes taking place?
We have classes at several studios in Bucharest, but we communicate before the start of each new course. For the next round of courses starting on the 18th and 23rd of September , the locations of the classes will be:
- Beginner 1 class @ Ionel Perlea Street, no 8, ground floor, 7 minutes away from Izvor subway station (Con Sabor)
- Beginner 2 class @ Ionel Perlea Street, no 8, ground floor, 7 minutes away from Izvor subway station (Con Sabor)
- Beginner – Intermediate @ Cameliei Street, no 39, last floor, which is 15 minutes away of Victoria subway station
- Intermediate class @ Iuliu Valaori Street, no 7, ground floor, 15 minutes away from Unirii subway station
- Intermediate – Advanced class @ Ionel Perlea Street, no 8, ground floor, 7 minutes away from Izvor subway station (Con Sabor)
- Solo Charleston – @ Beat Bar Umanist, Vasile Lascar, no 29
How much does one course cost?
You can sign up for half course (4 weeks) or full course (8 weeks) and the prices are:
Lindy Hop Classes:
4 weeks (one month) – 140 LEI
8 weeks (2 months) – 240 LEI
1 single class – 40 LEI
Solo Charleston Classes:
4 weeks (one month) – 100 LEI
8 weeks (2 months) – 170 LEI
1 single class – 30 LEI
Once you have registered, the payment can be done directly at the class, with cash, beginning of each month of class.
How do I sign up?
In order to register for any of our courses you need to fill in this form. You do not need a partner to register for lessons, but we strongly recommend you to do so, especially for followers. Sometimes, there are fewer leaders than followers and we have to put you on the waiting list until new leaders sign up. Please do not get upset, we only want you to enjoy your time during classes. So, if you register with a partner, keep in mind that the registration form must be filled by both.
For Solo Charleston classes you don´t need a partner 😉 .
What are the groups/levels available?
BEGINNER 1 : No previous training at all necessary. It’s enough to be able to separate left from right, the rest is up to the teachers, your spirit and interest. These 8 lessons are an introduction to Lindy Hop, enough to enjoy a social evening or practice.
BEGINNER 2 : As soon as you pass Beginner 1 level, you can start with Beginner 2. You are familiar with the basic rhythm and have a small base of lindy hop moves, like send-out, tuck-turn, lindy circle. During these 2 months, we will work further on the list of fundamentals in lindy hop.
BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE : You have the basics under control, a few months of experience or maybe a little bit more and you have already started to dance socially. The level indicates that you have understood the fundamentals and are able to execute them. During this course, we will perfect those moves and most importantly: we will work on swing-out + a few simple variations! We recommend repeating this course, at any level.
INTERMEDIATE : For this level you are able to perform basic figures like tuck turn, lindy circle and swing-out and to dance socially with no major difficulty. You have passed the Beginner-Intermediate level and you’re ready for more spiritual and challenging material. The classes will approach different topics every 2 months, that will be announced beforehand. The main topics are: musicality, cool moves and styling, swing-out variations and Charleston basics.
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED : For this level you should be able to perform basic figures and basic rhythm in social dancing with different combinations and to be able to improvise on them. You have passed through all the topics of the Intermediate level and you are familiar with Charleston basics. You should have already started working on some styling and you are comfortable with dancing around 170BPM (for instance Wednesday Night Hop – Andy Kirk, Take the A-Train – Duke Ellington). The topics for this level will be set by the teachers, depending on what they consider it is best for the participants. Since you are already a quite experienced dancer, we might consider working more on musicality, lead and follow techniques or create small routines, in order to improve your dancing.