Class Descriptions

Swing 0 - Beginner Lindy Hop (6 weeks)


Brand new to Swing Dancing? This is the place to start! In this 6-week course you will learn the 8-count Lindy Hop basic step and some fun social moves. Your instructors will clearly break down all the steps. So even if you have never danced before in your life you will feel comfortable in this class! The best part - since swing is a social dance we focus on having fun and connecting with other people! You rotate partners during the class like you would at a social dance so you get to know everyone. This means you don’t need to bring your own partner! After the 1 hour of class instruction, there is ½ hour of guided practice time. During this ½ hour you can continue dancing with your classmates and with the teachers. It is the perfect time to work on your new moves! At the end of the course you will be ready to go out social dancing! Many people just like you have been surprised with how they “feel like a dancer” after taking this class! Check out our Beginner Classes page to join an upcoming class!





Swing 1.1 - Lindy Hop FUN-damentals (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 0 You’ve got the basics under your belt. Now it’s time to learn some cool moves! In this course you will unlock some FUN-damental lead and follow skills. You’ll apply these skills right away to some classic Lindy Hop moves. PLUS - this is the course where you learn The Shim Sham. The most classic of the Lindy Hop mob dances! By the end of the 6-weeks you’ll be dancing full slow-to-mid tempo songs with your expanded vocabulary, fluid transitions, and some personal styling! Note: To take this class you should have a good handle on the basic 8-count Swing Out from the Swing 0 course. This course is going to build on your Swing Out. If you don’t remember what the Swing Out is, or know your Swing Out is a bit wobbly, do yourself a solid and take Swing 0 a second time around so you can really nail it. Lots of people do this, some even retake it more than once! You know yourself best. Use coupon code TWICEISNICE you’ll get 40% off when you retake the Swing 0 course.




Swing 1.2 - Intro to 6-Count Lindy (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 0 You know the basics of 8-count Lindy. But to be a Lindy Hopper you need to know 6-Count Lindy too. This course is your introduction to 6-count Lindy! In 6 weeks you’ll learn the 6-count basic step some of the most fun 6-count moves! You’ll continue to grow your leading and following powers by learning about stretch and compression. Master stretch and compression and all of your dances are going to be super-satisfying! By the end of the 6 weeks, you’ll be able to dance all your new moves socially. AND start to mix your new 6-count moves with your 8-count moves. (Say what!) Get ready!




Swing 1.3 - Spins, Stretch, & Flow (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 0 You’ve got your 8-Count Lindy basics down. You’re ready to add some slick spins. In this 6-week course, you’ll learn the proper technique to nail your spins and always be balanced. You’ll build the fundamental skills to fluidly lead and follow a variety of turning moves. This includes using your secret weapon, stretch, to make your moves really flow. This is the course where your non-dancing friends will start to tell you, “Wow! You can really dance!” Note: To take this class you should have a good handle on the basic 8-count Swing Out from the Swing 0 course. This course is going to build on your Swing Out. If you don’t remember what the Swing Out is, or know your Swing Out is a bit wobbly, do yourself a solid and take Swing 0 a second time around so you can really nail it. Lots of people do this, some even retake it more than once! You know yourself best. Use coupon code TWICEISNICE you’ll get 40% off when you retake the Swing 0 course.




Charleston 1 (aka Swing 1.4) - Intro to Charleston (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: None, but Swing 0 strongly recommended You can’t call yourself a Lindy Hopper unless you know some Charleston! Swing dancers often mix Lindy Hop and Charleston steps together in the same song. And Charleston is PERFECT for dancing to those faster songs that come on. This 6-week course will teach you the basics of 1930s partnered Charleston. You’ll learn all the classic kicks and core moves of this energetic dance. You’ll also continue to develop your leading and following powers with your secret weapons - pulse and connection! By the end of the 6 weeks you’ll have some impressive new moves to show off. AND - you’ll want to dance all the fast ones at the next social! Get ready!





Swing 2.1 - Mixing 6 & 8-Count Moves (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 1 Series (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, & Charleston 1) You’ve got the fundamentals of 6 & 8 count Lindy under your belt. But did you know - you can combine them? This class is all about seamlessly blending your 6 & 8 count moves. You’ll learn the tricks of how to clearly lead and follow the difference between these. (These tricks are going to be indispensable as you continue your swing dance journey!) You’ll also learn to create your own mixed patterns within a song to add lots of variety to your dancing! By the end of the course, you’ll be a boss at blending moves together.




Swing 2.2 - Mastering the Swing Out (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 1 Series (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, & Charleston 1) As a swing dancer, the swing out is THE iconic dance move in your repertoire. But did you know there is more than 1 kind of swing out? In this course, you’ll learn the different kinds of swing outs. You’ll also learn lots of juicy technique tips to really master each one. Want some flashly swing out stylings to show off? Guess what, this course has that too! At the end of the 6-weeks, your swing out will be transformed from basic to BADASS! Our most popular Swing 2 course - if you see this one on the schedule sign-up fast - it usually sells out!




Swing 2.3 - Adding Texture To Your Dance (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 1 Series (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, & Charleston 1) By this point, you are becoming a seasoned Lindy Hopper. This course is going to add some more seasoning! You’re going to dig into some details and nuances that will really make your dancing something special. Oh-so-satisfying stylings and variations that let you play and express yourself with each dance partner. You’re also going to learn some musicality tricks that will help your dancing match the song, even if you have never heard the song before! (Yes!) By the end of the 6-weeks you will feel more connected to the music. You will also feel confident adding some of your personality into each dance! This course is a game-changer for many dancers! Get ready!




Charleston 2 (aka Swing 2.4) - Fancy Charleston (6 weeks)


Prerequisite: Swing 1 Series (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, & Charleston 1) You’ve got basic Charleston in the bag. But you’ve seen some fancier stuff happening out on the dance floor. Fancier stuff like Tandem Charleston, Sailor Kicks, and some slick variations. Maybe you’ve even gone up to someone after seeing them dance and asked, “Hey, what was that cool move you did?” This course is all that and more! You’ll learn some of these fancier Charleston moves along with the lead and follow technique that makes them work. At the end of the 6 weeks you’ll BE the person being asked, “Hey, what was that cool move you did?”





Swing 4 - Advanced


Are you an advanced dancer? Looking for a challenge? Our Swing 4 group runs periodically. Topics are customized to suit the group. Examples of past topics include: - Developing Personal Style - Advanced Musicality - Competition & Show Skills - Partnership Skills - Rhythm Is My Business - Advanced Rhythm Variations Don't see Swing 4 on the schedule? Send us an email to let you know you are interested and what topic(s) you would love to have!





Swing 4 - Advanced


Are you an advanced dancer? Looking for a challenge? Our Swing 4 group runs periodically. Topics are customized to suit the group. Examples of past topics include: - Developing Personal Style - Advanced Musicality - Competition & Show Skills - Partnership Skills - Rhythm Is My Business - Advanced Rhythm Variations Don't see Swing 4 on the schedule? Send us an email to let you know you are interested and what topic(s) you would love to have!





Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is THE quintessential partner swing dance from the 1930s and 1940s. It was born in the African-American communities in Harlem, New York in 1928 and danced to the hot swinging jazz music of the day.

 

It developed out of the Charleston and other dances of the 1920s.

 

The joy and playfulness of this partner dance have endured and it is still danced around the world today! 

It is a workout for your mind and body.

It is a social subculture that attracts smart, open-minded people. 

It is the most fun you've had since you were a kid. 

And it's here in Toronto waiting for you to join. 

Read all about The 8 Powerful Ways Swing Dancing Can Improve Your Life here

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Swing Classes

We teach Lindy Hop and Charleston in our Swing classes. Classes run in 6-week seasons.

 

Below are the class descriptions for all our Swing classes. 

Swing 0 Beginner classes are offered every season. 

 

Swing 1, Swing 2, Swing 3, and Swing 4 level classes are offered on a rotating basis. Check our current schedule to see which classes at each level are happening now!

You can take the classes within each level in any order but you must finish all 4 before moving to the next level. Ex: You must take all 4 of the Swing 1 classes (Swing 1.1, 1.2,1.3 & Charleston 1) before moving to the Swing 2 classes. 

 

Many students will choose to re-take classes a few times before moving to the next level. We offer discounts if you are re-taking a class. 

Not sure what level is right for you? 

Check out our FAQ page

Want to register? 

Please visit our Weekly Group Classes page to register. 

 
 

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