How track groups work

Our workshop classes are organized in leveled track groups and a new separate track offering:

  • If you are new to swing dancing and Lindy Hop, your group is Newcomers Special.
  • We have 4 leveled tracks for beginner/intermediate to advanced dancers. Read their descriptions below.
  • We are offering a novel track called The Music and You for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers.

NEWCOMERS SPECIAL

You are new to Swing dancing and Lindy Hop, or have only taken a handful of classes. You’re looking to learn a lot and have a lot of fun. This track will provide just the right amount of classes.

The Newcomers Special track will be taught by:
Lori Taniguchi & Calvin Lu

NEW TRACK – The Music and You

New this year! This track, for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers, will focus on unwrapping the unique creativity and musical side of the Lindy Hop. The format of the classes in this track will hearken back to the days of the Savoy, where dancers learned to dance entirely to live music, and by collaborating and experimenting along with other dancers. This track is for lindy hoppers who are looking to focus more on creativity, connection, and cultivating a closer relationship between their dancing and the music. It will also include classes incorporating live music.

This track is not auditioned but you will need to fill out our level check questionnaire. It is designed for intermediate/advanced and advanced dancers. If you are not sure that this includes you, please reach out to us.

The Music and You track will be taught by:
Sylvia Sykes, Skye Humphries, LaTasha Barnes, Evita Arce, Ramona Staffeld, Nathan Bugh, Christian Frommelt, Ryan Calloway

LEVELED TRACKS

Leveled track placement depends on who signs up for workshop classes. We do our best to place you with dancers of similar level. The descriptions below are there to give you an idea of what the tracks are about, but be mindful that each describes a range of skills. Read up on the level check process.

All leveled tracks will be taught by:
Sylvia Sykes, Skye Humphries, LaTasha Barnes, Evita Arce, Ramona Staffeld, Nathan Bugh, Christian Frommelt, Ryan Calloway

You can dance the foundational moves of Lindy Hop (e.g. the swingout, lindy circle, basic charleston), and you want to improve the consistency of your basics. You enjoy social dancing and find yourself craving more. You have been dancing Lindy Hop for at least a couple of months, and Swingin’ at the Savoy may be your first weekend event. You are looking to build your vocabulary to have more fun social dancing.

You are very familiar with the foundational moves of Lindy Hop (e.g. the swingout, lindy circle, basic charleston), and you are comfortable with improvisation. You have taken on a practice of developing your dancing (e.g. weekly lessons, lessons at weekend events, a regular practice group, private lessons, etc). You have been dancing Lindy Hop about weekly for at least six months to a year (perhaps much more). You are looking to expand your vocabulary to have more fun social dancing.

You regularly dance Lindy Hop in your local scene, and have been learning at events outside of your area. You are looking to expand your technique by pursuing teaching styles outside of your comfort zone. You talk about musicality, connection, momentum, and jazz artists with your friends. You know variations and jazz steps, and are excited to incorporate them into your dancing. You may have started traveling out of town or out of state for dance events. If you enter competitions, you compete at the amateur or open level.

You are among the most practiced and experienced dancers in your scene, and you most likely compete and teach in addition to dancing socially. You have skills, a developed personal style, and are interested in continuously improving both. You experience new ideas that don’t fit in your personal style as an opportunity to grow. You are looking for a challenging class with peers of your level who are as prepared to work for it as you.

This track will audition via video. You will need to send in two videos of you dancing, no choreo please. We will need one video to a song slower than 180 bpm, and one video to a song faster than 180 bpm.

Upload videos to YouTube as unlisted and then fill out this form. Deadline to submit videos is February 1st, 2020 midnight.