What is Lindy Hop?
20150509-_DSC0642 The Lindy Hop (also called the Jitterbug or abbreviated to just Lindy) is a partnered swing dance that came out of the African-American dance halls of Harlem, New York. With its roots in the Charleston dance style of the 1920s, Lindy Hop is a blending of expressive African solo dance movement with European partner dancing, and embodies the free spirit and improvisational, individualistic nature of jazz music. This improvisation occurs within an 8-beat footwork pattern, and being a partner dance, within the framework of lead and follow. The lead communicates where he wants the follow to go using his hands and body, and the follow interprets the leads cues through her frame and connection with him. Lindy Hop evolved along-side the shift from hot jazz music to swinging jazz in the late 1920s. Legend has it that the name Lindy Hop was first coined in 1927 by one of the original dancers, George Shorty Snowden. When asked by a reporter to name the dance he was doing, he dubbed it Lindy Hop after aviator Charles Lindbergh, who had famously crossed the Atlantic in a solo flight earlier that year (newspaper headlines at the time read Lindy Hops the Atlantic). The name stuck, and during the 1930s Lindy Hop spread, first to Hollywood and then the rest of the world. The dance was popular right through to the late 1940s, when the swing era finally gave way to bebop and rock n roll.
Class Levels
Level 1 - Basic Lindy Hop
  • Never danced swing before.
  • Taught in an 8 week block
  • Best class to brush up on your basics & make you an AWESOME dancer!!!
Level 2 - Intermediate
  • Have completed Level 1 Lindy Hop
  • Have an awareness of 6 beat, 8 beat & Charleston rhythms
  • Able to Lead or Follow basic turns with in the Lindy Hop
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are designed to give you fun exciting moves that you can add into your social dancing vocabulary.
Level 2+ Intermediate Plus
  • You want more of a challenge in class, but you are not ready for Advanced
  • You want to know more about the concepts of the dance
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are at a higher level to help you to get into the advanced classes
  • In Paddington only
Level 3 - Advanced
  • Ready for a challenge in your dancing
  • You have been dancing for at least 6 months* at an intermediate level
  • Able to confidently Lead or Follow all the basic moves from Level 1
  • Have a greater awareness to the connection within the dance.
  • Ask your regular teacher if this class is right for you.
(*This time frame is only a guide.)

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What is Balboa?
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Balboa (original Balboa or Pure-Bal) is a dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Balboa also now refers to a fusion of dances that originated from that era.

The original Balboa dance is a form of swing dance that started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It is danced primarily in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The art of Balboa is in the subtle communication between the lead and follow, including weight shifts, which most viewers cannot see. As a result, Balboa is considered more of a “dancer’s dance” than a “spectator’s dance”. Its exact origins are obscure, especially as most of the original Balboa dancers have since died. Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations. *Information sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_(dance)
Class Levels
Level 1 - Basic Balboa
  • Never danced swing before.
  • Taught in an 8 week block
  • Best class to brush up on your basics & make you an AWESOME dancer!!!
Level 2 - Intermediate
  • Have completed Level 1 Balboa
  • Have an awareness of Uphold basic, Downhold basic, Out & Ins, Throwouts & Lollies
  • Able to Lead or Follow basic movements with in Balboa
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are designed to give you fun exciting moves that you can add into your social dancing vocabulary.
Level 2+ Intermediate Plus
  • You want more of a challenge in class, but you are not ready for Advanced
  • You want to know more about the concepts of the dance
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are at a higher level to help you to get into the advanced classes
  • No current Intermediate Plus Balboa Classes
Level 3 - Advanced
  • Ready for a challenge in your dancing
  • You have been dancing for at least 6 months* at an intermediate level
  • Able to confidently Lead or Follow all the basic moves from Level 1
  • Have a greater awareness to the connection within the dance.
  • Ask your regular teacher if this class is right for you.
  • No current Advanced Balboa Classes
(*This time frame is only a guide.)
What is Blues?
Brian and Sheryl Blues dancing is a family of historical dances that developed alongside and were danced to blues music, or the contemporary dances that are danced in that aesthetic. Amateur Dancer carried an article entitled "Blues and Rhythm and Blues Dancing" in a July/August 1991 issue.

Mura Dehn used the term "The Blues" in The Spirit Moves, Part 1, as the sub-section title of Chapter II, referencing different dance styles.

African-American essayist and novelist Albert Murray used the term "blues-idiom dance" and "blues-idiom dance movement" in his book Stomping the Blues.

*Information sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues_dance
Level 1 - Basic Blues
  • Never danced Blues before.
  • Currently taught as fortnightly drop in class
  • Best class to brush up on your basics & make you an AWESOME dancer!!!
Level 2 - Intermediate
  • Have completed Level 1 Blues (please refer to teachers before moving up)
  • Have an awareness of the different styles within Blues
  • Able to Lead or Follow basic turns with in the Blues
  • Taught as a fortnightly drop in class
  • Classes are designed to give you fun exciting moves that you can add into your social dancing vocabulary.
Level 2+ Intermediate Plus
  • You want more of a challenge in class, but you are not ready for Advanced
  • You want to know more about the concepts of the dance
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are at a higher level to help you to get into the advanced classes
  • No current Inter + Blues classes
Level 3 - Advanced
  • Ready for a challenge in your dancing
  • You have been dancing for at least 6 months* at an intermediate level
  • Able to confidently Lead or Follow all the basic moves from Level 1
  • Have a greater awareness to the connection within the dance.
  • Ask your regular teacher if this class is right for you.
  • No current Advanced Blues classes
(*This time frame is only a guide.)
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