Levels at The Swing Era

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.

Levels differ for Courses and Drop-ins (bottom page).

 

Courses

Level 1

This is the course for you if you have never danced before or if you have done some dancing but have never done a swing dance class. 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.

Level 2

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).

We recommend this course for dancers who have progressed from the Level 1 course, and also dancers who have been dancing for longer and are looking to strengthen their overall technique.

Note: If you are thinking of signing up to a Level 2 Course and you haven’t completed a Level 1 Course at The Swing Era before then please contact your teachers before doing so. We recommend all dancers who want to progress to a next level to come and have a chat with us as well. You might be asked to have a dance with your teacher, and they will really help you to understand what would be the right level for your development.

Level 3

We have been running Level 3 for higher level learning succesfully over the last year. 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).

We recommend this course for dancers who have progressed from the Level 2 course, and also dancers who have been dancing for longer and are looking to further define their technique and styling.

Note: If you are thinking of signing up to a Level 3 Course and you haven’t completed a Level 2 Course at The Swing Era before then please contact your teachers before doing so. We recommend all dancers who want to progress to a next level to come and have a chat with us as well. You might be asked to have a dance with your teacher, and they will really help you to understand what would be the right level for your development.

Level 4

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).

We will expect that you will have completed Level 1,2 and 3 of our other Lindy hop Levels before entering the Level. Unless stated by one of our skilled teachers please don’t book onto this course or we may ask you to do a lower level first and work your way through.

Drop-ins

We offer our drop-in classes on two levels. These levels are not the same as the levels in our courses, since these are progressive courses and you will work through the material faster.

Level 1

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. We teach a different rhythm every month, and we recommend that you do at least three months before you consider starting in Level 2.

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.

Level 2

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 lots of authentic lindy hop moves (including the swing out) and really strengthen your technique and skills in lead-follow.

We recommend this class for dancers who have progressed from Level 1, and also dancers who have been dancing for longer and are looking to strengthen their overall technique.

Note: If you are thinking of attending our Level 2 Drop-ins then please contact your teachers before doing so. We recommend all dancers who want to progress to a next level to come and have a chat with us as well. You might be asked to have a dance with your teacher, and they will really help you to understand what would be the right level for your development.