At The Swing Era we offer our classes and course in different levels to cater for everybody’s individual needs. The descriptions below are a guideline, but note that if you want to change levels either in drop-ins or courses, you do need to have a chat with your teachers first to ensure that you learn in the level that is right for your development. Also be aware that our levels may differ from levels at other dance schools.

Level 1 Course

Level 1 Courses are great for people who want to start off their journey into lindy hop with a solid foundation. Lindy hop is a social dance, so you will learn how to lead and follow from the beginning. You will learn all the core basic skills you will need through every level of this dance. Learning these skills will ensure that you can progress to higher levels of dancing with confidence.

Requirements:

  • You are new to dancing or have done some dancing but have never done a swing dance class.
    or You have done Level 1 or Level 2 drop-in classes before, but have not yet done a 6-week course.
  • Bring an open mind
  • Enjoying yourself is key

Level 2 Course

The Level 2 course will work progressively from Level 1, using the skills that you have gained and improving these further. In this level you will learn many more authentic lindy hop moves (including the swing out, tandem, Charleston, and so on).

Requirements:

  • You have been in the Level 1 course for at least 3 months, or longer as advised by your teachers
  • You have done a Level 1 course in Charleston and a Level 1 course in 6-count and 8-count Lindy Hop and feel confident in the footwork
  • This is also the ideal level to start in case you have danced for over a year at other dance schools, but have not danced with The Swing Era yet.
  • You have started attending some social dances

Level 3 Course

In Level 3 we will work progressively from our Level 2 course to really progress your dancing up to a high level. In this level you will learn more advanced authentic lindy hop moves (swing out variations, switches, and so on).

Requirements:

  • You have done the Level 2 courses for at least 4-6 courses ( about half a year), or longer as advised by your teachers
    or You have been dancing Lindy Hop for about a year
    or Your teachers have advised you to start Level 3
  • You have a solid experience of dancing the basic footwork and moves, including the swing out and circle
  • You have started to develop a focussed and reflective attitude towards learning and start to take charge of your own development
  • You attend social dances on a regular basis
  • You have learned at least 1 to 2 solo jazz routines (such as the Shim Sham or the Tranky Do)

Level 4 Course

This is the highest level Lindy Hop course that has ever started here in Birmingham and the highest level that The Swing Era offers.  In Level 4 we will work progressively from our Level 3 course to really steer your dancing up to a higher level. In this level you will learn more advanced authentic lindy hop moves (swing out variations, switches, and so on) and really work on your technique.

Requirements:

  • You have completed the Level 1, 2 and 3 courses
  • You have been dancing Lindy Hop for 2 to 3 years
  • You have completed the audition process with your teachers
  • You have developed a focussed, critical, open attitude towards learning and you are actively responsible for your own learning
  • You are active in the swing dance community
  • You attend regular social dances and you take initiative to be an active dancer
  • You have learned at least 2 to 3 key solo jazz routines and feel confident dancing them (such as the Shim, Sham, Tranky Do, The Big Apple etc)

 

Level 1 Drop-in

This is the class for people who have never danced lindy hop before. Drop-in Level 1 is for people who want to give the lindy hop a go to see if it is something for them. During Level 1 drop-ins you will learn 6 count lindy hop, 8 count lindy hop and Charleston. You will learn to have good connection with your partner, how to dance at a different range of tempos, musicality and have lots of fun.

Requirements:

  • You are new to dancing or have done some dancing but have never done a swing dance class.
    or You are currently attending your first Level 1 6-week course.
  • Bring an open mind
  • Enjoying yourself is key

Level 2 Drop-in

In this level you will learn to combine the basic rhythms that you have learned in Level 1 (6 count, 8 count and Charleston). Plus you will be learning more authentic lindy hop moves (including the swing out) and really strengthen your technique and skills in lead-follow.

Requirements:

  • You have been in the Level 1 course for at least 3 months, or longer as advised by your teachers
  • You are confident in dancing the Charleston and 8-count Lindy Hop foot work
  • You have started attending some social dances