LEVELS

WE HAVE DIFFERENT LESSONS ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS - CHECK IT OUT BELOW

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LESSONS

 

New to swing?

Wanna learn more?

Our WEDNESDAY night Lindy Hop classes are what you need! 

TO FIND OUT HOW OUR LEVELS WORK CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW
 
LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER

Our level 1 lessons are progressive, building from week to week (no drop-ins) and we offer two different 4-week series. We alternate between the two from month to month:

 

  • Level 1 (6-Count): Starting from zero we work on basic 6-count Lindy Hop (much like East Coast Swing) and learn lots of 6 count moves and technique

  • Level 1 (8-Count): Starting from zero we build our way up to the swing out, the basic of Lindy Hop with some other moves and breaks along the way.

New students are welcome to start with either the 6-count or 8-count series as they both start from zero, assuming no prior knowledge but students must complete both 6-count and 8-count series before moving on to level 2.

LEVEL 2 - BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE
 

Our level 2 lessons are also progressive, building from week to week (no drop-ins) and we offer four different 4-week series - Students must have completed Level 1 (6-count and 8-count) before taking Level 2:

 

  • Level 2 (Swingout): This series will focus on refining the swingout and adding variations and moves based on the swingout. The swingout is what makes Lindy Hop Lindy Hop so it pays to do it well.

  • Level 2 (Charleston): We’ll start with basic Charleston technique and build to more and more challenging moves. It will be a sweaty good time.

  • Level 2 (Mixing 6 & 8): This series focuses on how to switch smoothly between both 6-count and 8-count moves and how to stop worrying about the counts period so you can lead and/or follow better.

  • Level 2 (The Classics): In this series we will show you some of the classic steps and choreography that make Lindy Hop Lindy Hop.

 

Students are welcome to begin level 2 lessons with any of the series offered but students must complete all 4 series before moving on to level 3. The series will rotate in order from month to month.

LEVEL 3 - INTERMEDIATE
 

Our level 3 lessons are also progressive, building from week to week (no drop-ins) and we offer six different 4-week series. Students must have completed all Level 2 series (Swingout, Charleston, Mixing 6 & 8, and Musicality) before taking Level 3.

 

  • Level 3 (Variations): This series will give you all sorts of ways to spice up your 6 & 8 count basics. We'll show you lots of classic (and cool) footwork and rhythms to put into your Lindy Hop. 

  • Level 3 (Charleston+): This Charleston session will take you through more challenging figures and patterns. We are going to take your Charleston game to the next level.

  • Level 3 (Connection): This series will work on your leading and following, your timing, and your overall connection. We want to help you become a dancer that not only looks great, but one who also FEELS great.

  • Level 3 (Musicality): This series is about the music. How to dance to it better and how to enjoy it more. We’ll show some fun moves and breaks and work on using them to accent the music. The more we listen to the music the better we dance.

  • Level 3 (Swingout+): This series will be a deeper dive into making your swingout feel great with everybody. We will work on better connection, and different styles to improve your take on Lindy Hop's most important step.

  • Level 3 (California Routine): We are going to dedicate a month-long series to this classic routine by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. With more time we will be able to improve the quality AND up the tempo!

 

Students are welcome to begin level 3 lessons with any of the series offered but students must complete ALL 6 series as well as ALL 4 Solo Jazz series before moving on to level 4. The series will rotate in order from month to month.

LEVEL 4 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
 

Students must complete ALL 6 series of Level 3 (Variations, Charleston, Connection, Classics, Swingout+, California Routine) and ALL 4 of the Solo Jazz series before joining Level 4.

Levels 4 is a continuous class.  Class topics are always changing, and moving up a level is at the teachers’ discretion. Level 4 lessons are for experienced dancers and students must be comfortable and competent with 6-count, 8-count, and Charleston basics and variations. These lessons are not specifically progressive and new material is offered every week.

As part of Level 4 we will also offer a monthly, optional Level 4 Lab on the 1st Tuesday of the month and we will also make available a monthly video challenge for those students looking for more of a challenge and faster progression.

LEVEL 5 - ADVANCED
 

Level 5 also a continuous class and is our most challenging level and we ask that students talk to (or email) one of our teachers before signing up for this level. We’ll have new material every week and challenges galore.

 
SOLO JAZZ

Solo Jazz is open to students of all levels but is aimed at Levels 2 & 3. Our Solo Jazz lessons are progressive, building from week to week (no drop-ins) and we offer four different 4-week series:

 

  • Solo Jazz (Shim Sham & Jitterbug Stroll): In this series we will learn two classic jazz line dances. The Shim Sham is a classic jazz and tap line dance created by Leonard Reed back in 1930. It has been adopted by Lindy Hoppers around the world and popularized and often led at Lindy Hop events by the great Frankie Manning. The Jitterbug Stroll was created during the beginning of the Lindy Hop revival by the great dancer Ryan Francois.

  • Solo Jazz (Tranky Doo): The Tranky Doo is a classic jazz choreography created by the great Frankie Manning that he added onto and changed over the years. We will take this month to teach you the original and classic version.

  • Solo Jazz (Uptown Shuffle): This series is dedicated to teaching you our very own Uptown Swing solo jazz dance, created by Peter, the founder of Uptown Swing. Learn this and then you can represent the Uptown Swing crew wherever you go.

  • Solo Jazz (Classics & Improv): In this series we will round out your knowledge of the classic steps and get you working on improvising and creating on your own and on the fly.

 

Students must complete at least 2 out of the 4 Solo Jazz series before moving on to level 4. The series will rotate in order from month to month.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS

On TUESDAY nights we offer more solo and specialty lessons. Check the schedule to see what is offered!

 

HERE ARE DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OF THE CLASSES WE HAVE OFFERED IN THE PAST - CHECK EACH MONTH TO SEE WHAT'S OFFERED WHEN!

FLASHMOB CHOREOGRAPHY
FREE PRACTICE!

During our Office Hours classes we always make the room available for free practice fro folks who want to show up and have a dance floor and a mirror (and maybe a partner) to work on stuff with. Peter plays the music he needs for Office Hours, but you are welcome to dance around and practice for free, and you can always use headphones if you're working on something specific.

 

Some weeks we won't have any formal Tuesday class and we'll just have the space available for free practice.

 
OFFICE HOURS (all levels)

Office Hours is like a mini-private lesson. You show up and put your name on the list and Peter splits the hour between everybody there, giving one-on-one advice and help while the rest of the folks hang out, practice, dance, or whatever they like. If you wanna just come use the space for your own practice - you are welcome to join us for free!

 
LEVEL 4 LAB

NEW FOR 2019! - Level 4 Lab is specifically for those students who are in level 4 and looking to find the next steps on how to improve their dancing. Because Level 4 is our first level with no set curriculum and hence no set "graduation" time, we will be offering the level 4 lab monthly on the 1st Tuesday for students looking to push themselves to come and get some personal feedback. This will be very much like office hours, but for more time & specifically for level 4 students.

 
SOLO JAZZ

Solo Jazz Basics (all levels) is where we work on the classic simple steps from back in the swing era. These steps teach you how to move to jazz music from the inside out and they are what you can throw into your Lindy Hop basics to spice things up.

 

Solo Jazz Routine (Level 3 & 4) is our advanced jazz class where we'll put some simple and some trickier steps together to create a short routine to the music. It's a challenge!

 
SOLO CHARLESTON

Solo Charleston is an energetic dance with lots of kicks. Lindy Hop came out of Charleston and Charleston is now part of what makes the Lindy Hop. Come learn some awesome solo steps to this amazing dance!  

SOLO WARM-UP TO FUN MUSIC (all levels)
 

Solo Warm-Up to Fun Music is like Zumba except it's not Zumba. Peter plays a bunch of his favorite jams and keeps you moving and sweating for an hour. He'll break down some things, but generally it's just a sweaty good time. If you've ever joined us for one of our patented warm-ups on Wednesday nights then you know how much fun this is!

 
WORKOUTS (6-count, 8-count, Swingout)
SOUL LINE DANCES (all levels)

6-count Workout (Levels 1, 2) is where we refine the connection and lead & follow in the basic 6-count steps and if we have time, we'll even throw in a couple new ones.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE LEVEL 1 (6-count) SESSION

 

8-count Workout (Levels 1, 2) is where we refine the connection and lead & follow in the basic 8-count steps and if we have time, we'll even throw in a couple new ones.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE LEVEL 1 (8-count) SESSION

 

Swingout Workout (Levels 1, 2) is where we refine the connection and lead & follow in the swingout itself, the most important step in Lindy Hop. 

STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE LEVEL 1 (8-count) SESSION

 

Soul Line Dances are just little solo choreographies, like the electric slide, and we usually learn about 4 or 5 in a night. We do them to R&B or Hip-Hop music and there are a ton of them out there. We'll be teaching some we've made, some classics, and some new popular ones. It's the perfect chance to stop spectating and start participating!

 
20'S CHARLESTON & BREAKAWAY

20's Charleston refers to the pre-cursor to Lindy Hop, an upright dance to fast music with lots of kicking and rhythm and lots of different variations. The "Breakaway" as it is known was the link between Charleston and what became the swingout and eventually Lindy Hop. Come learn some great moves for faster music!

 
(HOW TO LEAD AND FOLLOW) COOL MOVES

(How to Lead & Follow) Cool Moves will pump up your Lindy Hop vocabulary and give you a bunch more in your repetoire as a leader and as a follower to keep your dancing fresh and interesting. We'll have some fancy moves, some classic, and some just plain different, but they all help to make you a better dancer for your partner!

 
MOVIE MOVES
 

Movie Moves is where we take a couple steps from some classic clips of Lindy Hop, Jazz, & Tap and we try em on for size. Come join us for a night of getting some of these great old steps in your dancing.

COMPETITION CLASS
 

Competition Class (Level 3 & 4) is designed to teach you everything you need to know about competitive lindy hop - and just in time for you to show your stuff at the Heartland Swing Festival in April! In this series, Michael & Dee will help you...

 

  • Find out what the judges are looking for

  • Explore ways to make your dancing more dynamic

  • Discover how to stand out to impress the judges and the crowd

 

Get a $15 discount for Heartland Swing Festival if you sign up for the full session.*
 

*offer only valid for new registrations for the Full Weekend Pass

SHIM SHAM
 

The Shim Sham is a classic jazz and tap line dance created by Leonard Reed back in 1930. It has been adopted by Lindy Hoppers around the world and popularized and often led at Lindy Hop events by the great Frankie Manning. It is relatively simple and it has many classic jazz steps involved so be ready next time a Shim Sham breaks out at the dance and come learn the dance!

TAP SHIM SHAM

Dee Daniels-Locke will be teaching the this tap series, designed for Lindy Hoppers. The Shim Sham is a classic jazz line dance and learning the tap version is a great way to improve your rhythm and you dancing overall. Dee has been working for a while on this choreography and she's super excited to bring it you! 

AMAZING AMALGAMATIONS
 

Amazing Amalgamations is a class where Mikey & Dee will teach you some fun moves and string them together to create fluid and interesting combinations. It's all about cool moves and smooth transitions!

 
FANCY FOOTWORK
 

Fancy Footwork is exactly what it sounds like. Add some fun variations to your dancing. We'll will show you ways to incorporate footwork variations into your 8-count and 6-count lindy hop.

 
JAZZ UP YOUR LINDY HOP
 

Jazz Up Your Lindy Hop will teach you how to incorporate your vintage jazz movements into the footwork of your lindy hop. Add Suzy Qs to a Swingout; do the Shorty George through a pass by; become more creative with your dancing and add that extra flair.

 
 
THE BIG APPLE

The Big Apple is a classic jazz dance and the version we will be learning was created by the great Frankie Manning for the movie "Keep Punching". It's a tricky one and that's why we will be spending 4 weeks on it so you can REALLY get it and master all the steps.

BUILDING A CHOREOGRAPHY
 

Building a Choreography is where Dee will help you put together your own 30-second choreography over the course of 4 weeks. You come to the first weeks class with a song you want to use, and each week Dee helps guide you along and get you past any stumbling blocks you may have. With the optional goal of prsenting your choreography at the 30-second choreography contest at Rhythm Junction in the beginning of April, this series is a great way to create something new and interesting yourself, but with a little help from someone with a lot of experience in the form of your old pal Dee. You will need your music, headphones, and possible writing tools.

BALBOA
 

Balboa is a swing dance from the west coast that came about in the same era as Lindy Hop. It is a close embrace dance, with partners generally pressed chest to chest and danced to high tempos. It's a classy dance that feels great with beautiful subtle footwork and a great connection between partners.

AIR STEPS

Air Steps is a partner-required class and you should be ready to get airborne and work hard and land so you should be in good physical shape and ready to exert yourself a bit - albeit safely. Mikey and Eve will take you through some of the basic air-steps, dance moves that will literally get you up off of your feet. Intermediate dancers and above.

SOLO JAZZ JAMMING

Solo Jazz Jamming will teach you how to have a fun jazz jam with your pals. We'll work on some steps, transitions, and matching our steps to the music so we can create and share on the fly. Each class in this series will build on the previous one, so plan on coming to all of them if possible!

FLASHMOB CHOREOGRAPHY
FLASHMOB CHOREOGRAPHY

Our Flashmob Choreography classes will teach you a simple little routine we created years ago to show off the Lindy Hop to civilians in public spaces. You can learn it with us in class and teach your friends with our recap videos to help you can have a choreography to bust out at any moment! We'll be performing it on October 12th at TPT's free dance event in St. Paul!

Our Flashmob Choreography classes will teach you a simple little routine we created years ago to show off the Lindy Hop to civilians in public spaces. You can learn it with us in class and teach your friends with our recap videos to help you can have a choreography to bust out at any moment! We'll be performing it on October 12th at TPT's free dance event in St. Paul!