LEVELS

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LESSONS

 

NEW TO SWING? WANNA LEARN HOW TO DO IT?

OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT LINDY HOP CLASSES ARE WHAT YOU NEED! 

CHECK THE GUIDELINES BELOW TO SEE WHICH LEVEL IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
 
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:

 

  • 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. We alternate between the two from month to month.

 
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:

 

  • 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 (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.

 

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

Level 3 lessons are for experienced dancers and students who have completed all of level 1 and level 2 at Uptown Swing. Students must be comfortable and competent with 6 and 8-count basics including the swing out and Charleston. These lessons are not specifically progressive and new material is offered every week.

 
LEVEL 4 - INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Level 4 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.

 

TUESDAY NIGHT LESSONS

ON TUESDAY NIGHTS WE OFFER MORE SOLO AND SPECIALTY LESSONS. CHECK EACH MONTH TO SEE WHAT'S OFFERED!

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

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!

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)
 
WORKOUTS (6-count, 8-count, Swingout)

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!

 

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 (all levels)
 

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
(HOW TO LEAD AND FOLLOW) COOL MOVES

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 & 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!

COMPETITION CLASS
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!

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.