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Lindy Hop 1

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How does it work? The beginner curriculum is three calendar months long, rotating between months focusing on the three basic footwork patterns of the Lindy Hop: 8-count basics, 6-count basics, and Charleston basics. You can join the class at the beginning of any calendar month.

Who should take it: If you’re completely new to swing dancing this class is for you. It’s also a great refresher if you’re not sure about the moves or concepts listed in our curriculum.

Lindy Hop 1.5

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How does it work? The 1.5 level curriculum is three calendar months long, rotating between months focusing on the same three aspects of Lindy Hop as in the Swing 1 curriculum. This time around you will be refining what you learned, focusing more heavily on technique, and making your dancing shine. You will be learning new transitions to integrate the three types of footwork together. Overall, the goal of swing 1.5 is to help you become a great social dancer.

Who should take it: You should join this class if you’re familiar with all of the moves listed in our swing 1 curriculum. You should be able to dance these moves in sequences that the instructors suggest, and you’ve also started putting them together in your own way. You should have already tried out at least a few social dances.

Lindy Hop 2

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How does it work?:  At this level everything comes together. The three types of footwork are fully integrated and you’ll learn new transitions, interesting variations, and key concepts. Instructors will emphasise connection, precision, and quality of movement.

Who should take it: You should join this class if you’re a comfortable social dancer. You can  dance all of the basic moves in our Swing 1 and Swing 1.5 curriculum. You should be able to dance to most songs played at social dances, but maybe need to keep working on tempos outside of your comfort range. You are committed and enthusiastic about your dancing and really want to work on technique, connection, musicality, and making your dancing swing. You also have, at minimum, a basic Solo Jazz and Charleston vocabulary and are actively working to learn more.

Lindy Hop 3

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How does it work? Lindy Hop 3 will be taught by a rotating cast of expert-level instructors with a wide diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lindy Hop 3 class is by invitation only. If you would like to join, please speak to one of our instructors – in some cases, they will give you advice for what you need to work on before you join the class based on our Lindy Hop 3 level skills checklist.

Who should take it: You should join this class if you want to take your dancing to the next level and are prepared to work for it. You are comfortable with the content and concepts from levels 1, 1.5, and 2 but you want more. You are comfortable dancing to a variety of musical styles and tempos and can comfortably dance with partners of all levels. You have travelled out of town for dance camps, workshops, or private lessons. You have a good repertoire of Solo Jazz and Charleston material including variations and transitions between movements, and are actively working on improving your solo dance technique. Students at this level should be committed to exploring the boundaries of Lindy Hop, and are excited to incorporate advice and different perspectives from our diverse teaching team.


Jazz Intensive

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How does it work?  The Jazz Intensive is a 3-month curriculum that covers dozens of different moves in the solo jazz/charleston vernacular, following which dancers will boast a robust solo vocabulary, be able to join in the popular mob dance The Shim Sham, and be beginning to explore styling and expression in their movement.

Who should take it: Perhaps you’ve been dancing Lindy Hop for some time, and are looking to expand your swing repertoire. Or perhaps partnered dancing is just not your jam and you’re thinking solo is where it’s at. Or maybe you just dig how cool folks look rockin’ out a low Shorty. Either way, you can’t go wrong with all that jazz.


Tap 1

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How does it work?  Like our other solo classes, Tap 1 follows a 3-month curriculum that you can begin in any month. We’ll get you tappa tappa tappin’ in this exciting introductory class. Learn to shuffle, scuff, flap, stomp, and stamp in our spirited and supportive environment. No previous tap experience required!

Who should take it: Anyone interested in making loud noises and exploring a lesser-known dance from the jazz-era. Tap shoes are encouraged but certainly not mandatory.

Tap 2

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How does it work? In Tap 2 you’ll dig in to the rhythms of tap dancing and step things up a notch as you learn classic routines with new and exciting challenges!

Who should take it: If you’ve already completed the 3-month BKD Tap 1 curriculum, have a comfortable repertoire of tap moves and feel ready for added challenges and rhythms, then Tap 2 is for you!


Balboa 1

How does it work?  The beginner curriculum focuses on the basics of Pure Bal and Bal Swing. It includes fundamental steps and incorporates good technique to set a foundation for you to become a great social dancer! You can join the class at the beginning of any calendar month.

Who should take it: Whether you’re completely new to swing dancing or have experience with other styles, this class is for you. It’s also a great refresher if you’re not sure about the moves or concepts you learned previously.

Balboa 1.5

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How does it work? You will be refining what you learned in Balboa 1, focusing more heavily on technique, and making your dancing shine. You will be learning new vocabulary and transitions to integrate Pure Bal and Bal Swing together. Overall, the goal of Balboa 1.5 is to help you become a great social dancer!

Who should take it: You should join this class if you’re familiar with all of the moves taught in Balboa 1—ask your instructors if you’re not sure. You should be able to dance these moves in sequences that the instructors suggest, and you’ve also started putting them together in your own way. You should have already tried out at least a few social dances.

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