Learn Lindy Hop – from beginner to pro

At SwingStep we aim to provide you with a complete Lindy Hop education, all the way from never-danced-before beginner up to high-level advanced dancer and even teacher. With this detailed roadmap you never need to feel lost about how to further your social dancing skills – you can save your thoughts and energy for having fun and learning this awesome dance.

Are you new to Swing Dancing? Click here to get to a page that is specifically designed for Lindy Hop beginners


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  • Course
    9,20 €per hour

    • 6 weeks for 69 €
    • select 1 courses
    • no partner required
    • 6 video recaps
    • practice for free


  • Double
    7 €per hour*

    • 6 weeks for 105 €
    • select 2 courses
    • no partner required
    • 12 video recaps
    • practice for free


  • Flatrate
    6,44 €per hour**

    • 6 weeks for 145 €
    • all you can learn
    • no partner required
    • 18+ video recaps
    • practice for free

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Detailled Syllabus Roadmap & Upcoming Courses

Click on the heading to see details and upcoming courses for each level:

Beginner (Swing 1, Swing 2)

New to swing? Our beginner level is designed to take you through your first steps, even if you’ve never taken dance classes before. In Swing 1 we start from scratch, no prior experience is needed; after six weeks you’ll progress to Swing 2 where you’ll build up on what you learned in Swing 1.

  • Swing 1

    Lindy hop evolved out of the Charleston; we will follow this natural evolution, and start with basic Charleston steps that are as easy as walking. We’ll take you step-by-step through 6 weeks of learning the basics of swing dancing, taking you from simple side-by-side Charleston movements into the swinging rhythms of Lindy Hop.

    Already in the first course, you’ll learn what makes Lindy Hop so special. It manages to combine the structures of partner dancing – like dancing in closed position, or across from and criss-crossing past each other – combined with the freedom of self-expression and creativity that lets you make the dance your own and make your partner smile.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class.  Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    • -connection in social dancing: rhythmical, visual, physical, emotional
    • charleston, side-by-side: basics; kick the dog; freezes & play
    • charleston, opening up: sendout, take-in; open position basic; follower’s and leader’s underarm turn
    • lindy hop: side-by-side basics; half-turn; sendout, take-in; slingshot

    What should I know before I join this course?

    No experience needed!  Whether you’ve taken a few taster classes already, or have never danced before at all, this course is a great start.

    Message for newcomers and fast learners: If you already have some experience or learn quickly, talk with your teachers or email us at berlin@swingstep.com.  Perhaps taking one private lesson and jumping into a higher-level course would be a great fit for you.

  • Swing 2

    We’re now ready to dig deeper into classic Lindy Hop.  You’ll learn how to dance some of the most beloved classic moves, popularized by the legendary Frankie Manning.  You’ll also learn fundamentals of leading and following turns in swing dancing, and dig deeper into swing music and how you can draw inspiration from it for your dancing.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class.  Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    • face-to-face: promenade; slingshot with turn
    • opening up: sendout with redirection; follower’s and leader’s underarm turn, left-side pass
    • musicality: dancing to swing melody and phrasing

    What should I know before I join this course?

    Swing 2 is a natural progression from Swing 1, where we continue developing things we started there.  If you’ve been taking beginner courses elsewhere, this might be a great place for you to start with us; just talk to us or email us at berlin@swingstep.com.

Beginner Weekend

Social Dancing Starter Kit

20.10. - 21.10.2018
Saturday & Sunday, 15:00-17:15
2 x 135 minutes
with Ben and Maria

Price - 35€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Beginner Weekend

Social Dancing Starter Kit

20.10. - 21.10.2018
Saturday & Sunday, 17:30-19:45
2 x 135 minutes
with Ben and Maria

Price - 35€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 1

Social Dancing Starter Kit

12.11. - 17.12.2018
Monday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Maria and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 1

Crash Course: Social Dancing Starter

23.11. - 21.12.2018
Friday , 19:00-20:15
5 x 75 minutes

Price - 59€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 2

Lindy Hop Fundamentals

14.11. - 19.12.2018
Wednesday , 20:30-21:45
6 x 75 minutes
with Ananda and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 2

Crash Course: Fundamentals

25.11. - 23.12.2018
Sunday , 17:45-19:00
5 x 75 minutes
with Tabea and Aljoscha

Price - 59€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Beginner / Intermediate (Swing 3, Swing 4, Expansion Courses)

In order to join courses in this level, you should be comfortable with the skills developed in Swing 1 and Swing 2. They are:

  • you have the ability to lead and follow the common rhythms of swing dancing – steps, triple steps, grooves and kicks.
  • you are familiar with combining these rhythms into different patterns and shapes.
  • you have a solid repertoire of moves in closed and open positions, including both linear and some turning movements.
  • you feel comfortable dancing to slower swing music as well as fast energetic charleston.
  • Swing 3

    This course is all about rotations. Here you’ll learn some of the most typical swing dance moves such as the tuck turn and the sailor step, and the more in-depth turning techniques they require. You’ll also start learning how to speed up your dancing so that you can combine Charleston and Lindy Hop variations within a single dance.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class. Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    – charleston: tuck turn closed-to-open, tuck turn open-to-open; sailor steps
    – lindy hop: tuck turn closed-to-open; redirections and variations
    – mixing: combining lindy hop and charleston within your dancing

    What should I know before I join this course?

    In Swing 3 we build up on the foundation laid in both the Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses. If you have other lindy hop experience, talk with your teachers or email us at berlin@swingstep.com (perhaps taking one private lesson and jumping into Swing 3 with us would be a great fit for you; or use the Double to take Swing 3 in parallel with one of our fundamentals courses – Swing 1 or 2).

  • Swing 4

    The amazing dancer Al Minns once was asked what Lindy Hop is; he said, “It’s when you send the girl out and then she does the twist”. In this course we’ll do just that! Starting with the classic Lindy circle and into a basic version of the swingout, we’ll of course also add fancy variations. As a leader you will learn how to position yourself to support your follower in more complex movements. And as a follower you will learn the classic swivel, to decorate your dancing with beautiful hip twists.
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    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class. Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    • lindy circle: from closed or open
    • swingout: from closed or open
    • variations: outside turn, texas tommy
    • twists: swivels and switches

    We highly recommend people to take Swing 4 multiple times. With the Double and Flatrate offer, it’s a bargain to re-take courses and solidify these essentials. At the same time you’ll get to meet people from other courses and have even more friends on the dance floor.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    In Swing 4 we’ll take you a lot deeper into the world of lindy hop. Being exposed to swing dance classes for over 4 months is important to be in flow [link to flow], so that you have the muscle memory and skill to easily perform the basics of lindy hop before tackling the movements in this course. This is why we recommend you take Swing 4 after you have mastered Swing 3. However if you’re looking for a challenge it is possible to use the Double and take both courses in parallel.

  • Dance with Quality

    Want to know how to improve your dancing, no matter what the move and no matter which partner? How to improve your Lindy Hop without needing to add more moves to your repertoire? How to refine your movements, prevent injuries, and just plain dance better? Then we have the perfect course for you!

    In this course it’s not about moves and variations, it’s all about how you use and move your body in the dance, and making you more comfortable, more powerful, more refined… more awesome.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about quality of movement – how to move your body efficiently, how to prevent injuries and strains on the body, how to create movements with elegance and control. The course is primarily designed to help you improve your partnered Lindy Hop and Charleston, but you will surely see benefits in your Solo Jazz dancing as well :) There will be a lot of solo training in the course, but also some partnered exercises. Topics include:

    Posture & Balance

    • exercises from ballet & modern
    • fitness approach: functional training, joint-by-joint theory

    Stability & Mobility

    • for quality basics
    • for individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

    Finally, a small note on clothing: Since this class is a bit more training-focussed, we suggest you wear comfortable clothing, more like you would wear to the gym than to your usual dance classes, and ideally comfortable socks as well since there will sometimes be exercises without shoes.


    (photo by Photo by Lena Giovanazzi Photography)

  • Musicality & Conversation

    A great dance is a conversation between you, your partner, and the music. You could have the coolest moves and the best technique, but if you’re not communicating with your partner or not matching the song it’ll always fall a little flat. Instead you can keep your techniques and moves really simple but be playful with your partner and react to the music, and your dance card will be full every night!

    What will I learn in this course?

    Over six weeks you’ll learn to:

    • adjust your dancing to different styles and parts of the music
    • interact with your partner on the social dance floor
    • spice up your lindy with solo jazz moves
    • be more creative and find your individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

  • Social Dancing Skills

    Being a good student in class doesn’t equal being a good social dancer. Of course, the most important part is to know how to dance, lead and follow. But there are some aspects that don’t find (enough) space in our regular syllabus: How do I ask for a dance? How do I get through a whole song without being boring or dying of exhaustion? How can I not bump into other people all the time? Find answers to these and other questions in this course ;)

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is not about learning fancy moves or complicated technique. Instead we are going to look at all the little things that come with a social dance that we normally don’t think about in class:

    • Etiquette: How to ask for a dance and say thanks politely
    • Floorcraft: How to use the space you have, even if it’s little
    • Creativity & Musicality: How to give and take space to improvise with very easy tools

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. With Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough repertoire to get through all the games, exercises and routines in this course.

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  • Solo Charleston Basics

    Get your legs flying! Sweet twists, big kicks, you’ll find so many things to choose from in this survey of Charleston styles and moves. Working on your solo Charleston will make massive improvements to your partnered Charleston technique; plus it’s great for rocking out at the party, whether for a whole song or just in moments of breakaway from your partner.

    What will I learn in this course?

    We’ll start back in the flapper age, with 20s Charleston techniques and variations: hitchhikers, sways, scarecrows, cow tails, everything you need to look like you just stepped out of the 1920s.

    Then we’ll move the time machine onward to the 1930s and get to kicking! with classic solo moves and kick variations to bring lots of energy and fun to the dance, plus some flash moves to add excitement.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any prior dance experience.

  • Solo Jazz Basics

    Solo Jazz is the easiest way to work on your dancing independently of a partner. You get a better understanding for the basic rhythms of swing dancing, you improve balance and you gain more control of your weight shifts. Next to that you also learn some very popular Authentic Jazz steps that are not only great for dancing solo, but also can be added as variations in your Lindy Hop. We are big believers in every Lindy Hopper having a basic knowledge of Solo Jazz – so why don’t you give it a go?

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course teaches you some of the most popular Solo Jazz steps and deepens your understanding of the basic rhythms of swing dancing:

    • Basic Rhythms: : Groove Walk, Jig Walk, Quick Steps, Triple Steps
    • Popular Jazz Steps: Tackie Annie, Fall off the Log, Apple Jacks and many more…
    • Creativity & Improvisation: Easy ways to combine jazz steps and create our own

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any former dance experience.

  • Solo Routines: Tranky Doo + Big Apple

    Tranky Doo and Big Apple are world-renowned solo jazz routines every Lindy Hopper should have in their repertoire. They combine basic jazz steps with energetic breaks and are super fun to dance with a crowd during parties.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Lesson 1 + 2: Tranky Doo
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 3-5: Big Apple
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 6: Brush up and repetition

    What should I know before I join this course?

    You have at least a little experience with solo jazz (Shim Sham or Solo Jazz Basic). If this is your first time solo dancing, it will be a real challenge :)

  • Switch!

    Beide Tanzrollen zu Erlernen bringt nicht nur jede Menge Spaß, sondern auch ein tieferes Verständnis für den Tanz allgemein. Mit dem Wechsel zwischen Leader- und Follower-Rolle innerhalb eines Tanzes können du und dein/e Tanzpartner/in noch mehr Vielfalt erleben und dabei eine ganz neue Kommunikationsebene im Tanz schaffen.

    Was lerne ich in diesem Kurs?

    Zum einen wirst du Grundlagen der neuen Tanzrolle lernen, damit du dich auch auf dem ungewohnten Gebiet sicher fühlst. Zum anderen wirst du verschiedene Switch-Moves kennenlernen, also Figuren, mit denen du elegant die Rolle wechseln kannst ohne dabei den Tanz zu unterbrechen.

    Was sollte ich bereits kennen, um teilzunehmen?

    Um an diesem Kurs teilzunehmen solltest du etwa 3 Monate Tanzerfahrung mitbringen oder mindestens Swing 2 bei uns abgeschlossen haben. Grundlagen wie Passes, Slingshot und Promenade in der gewohnten Tanzrolle sollten sitzen.

Swing 3

Tucks, Turns & Faster Lindy Hop

13.11. - 18.12.2018
Tuesday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Jean and Aljoscha

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 3

Crash Course: Tucks, Turns & Faster Lindy Hop

25.11. - 23.12.2018
Sunday , 19:00-20:15
5 x 75 minutes
with Tabea and Aljoscha

Price - 59€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 4

5,6,7,8, Swing Out!

14.11. - 19.12.2018
Wednesday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Ananda and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Intermediate (Swing 5, Swing 6, Expansion Courses)

In order to join courses in this level, you should be comfortable with the skills developed in Swing 1 through Swing 4, including:

  • you understand rotational arms and pivoting
  • you understand pendulum movement and redirections
  • you’re familiar with the swingout and swivels
    (** it is however possible to take Swing 4 and Swing 5 at the same time, so you’d be learning the swingout in parallel with the new skills you learn in Swing 5).
  • Swing 5

    If you’ve ever seen anybody dance partnered Charleston, these are the moves that stand out: Tandem, Airplane & Hand-to-Hand Charleston. It’s fast, it’s energetic, and gives you exciting new ways of connecting with your partner.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class. Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    • hand-to-hand charleston: basic, turn, transitions
    • tandem charleston: basic, pushouts, chase into tandem
    • airplane charleston: basic, turns

    We highly recommend people to take Swing 5 multiple times. With the Double and Flatrate offer, it’s a bargain to re-take courses and solidify these essentials. At the same time you’ll get to meet people from other courses and have even more friends on the dance floor.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    Swing 5 takes you deeper into Charleston moves and rhythms, and will use the foundation and practice you gained in Swing 3. It is helpful to have the added experience and control you gained in Swing 4, but it’s possible to take Swing 4 and Swing 5 in parallel if you like.

  • Swing 6

    This course is split into two halves: lindy hop sugar pushes and charleston swingouts. Both are classic moves and should be part of any advanced dancers’ repertoire. Along the way you’ll learn a lot of footwork variations, creating a new feeling and style in your dancing.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Each of these moves will come with its own fun variations, but this checklist shows the fundamental moves you’ll learn in the class. Once you know these, you’re ready to move on to the next level.

    • lindy hop, sugar push: push-break, hovering, classic
    • charleston swingout: basic, kick-step variations

    – We highly recommend people to take Swing 6 multiple times. With the Double and Flatrate offer, it’s a bargain to re-take courses and solidify these essentials. At the same time you’ll get to meet people from other courses and have even more friends on the dance floor.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    The first half of the course requires footwork control and rhythm that builds off of Swing 4; in the second half, the Charleston experience from Swing 5 will pay off. Taking Swing 5 and Swing 6 in parallel can be a great option too.

  • Dance with Quality

    Want to know how to improve your dancing, no matter what the move and no matter which partner? How to improve your Lindy Hop without needing to add more moves to your repertoire? How to refine your movements, prevent injuries, and just plain dance better? Then we have the perfect course for you!

    In this course it’s not about moves and variations, it’s all about how you use and move your body in the dance, and making you more comfortable, more powerful, more refined… more awesome.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about quality of movement – how to move your body efficiently, how to prevent injuries and strains on the body, how to create movements with elegance and control. The course is primarily designed to help you improve your partnered Lindy Hop and Charleston, but you will surely see benefits in your Solo Jazz dancing as well :) There will be a lot of solo training in the course, but also some partnered exercises. Topics include:

    Posture & Balance

    • exercises from ballet & modern
    • fitness approach: functional training, joint-by-joint theory

    Stability & Mobility

    • for quality basics
    • for individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

    Finally, a small note on clothing: Since this class is a bit more training-focussed, we suggest you wear comfortable clothing, more like you would wear to the gym than to your usual dance classes, and ideally comfortable socks as well since there will sometimes be exercises without shoes.


    (photo by Photo by Lena Giovanazzi Photography)

  • Delicious Kick Steps

    Welcome to Charleston Land! We think that kick steps are delicious, but it takes practice – and a good technique – to truly savor them. With the goal of deepening the understanding of the technique of kicks combined with exciting new charleston variations, this course makes a great continuation of Swing 5. If you love dancing fast, this course will make you whoop – and if you don’t (yet), then now is the time to fall in love ;)

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course will focus both on the basic technique of kick steps and also you will learn new variations that you can dance to fast music:

    • Relaxed Kick Steps: how to make your kicks go with the flow
    • Energy Management: Not every rhythm needs to kick
    • New Charleston moves: Learn the Hacksaw and some cool Tandem variations

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course requires a basic knowledge of how to do kicks and the Charleston repertoire you learned in Swing 5: Hand-to-Hand, Tandem, Airplane.

    The course is not designed to be taken parallel to Swing 5, as the speed and content build on some previous Charleston practice.

  • Follows Take the Lead

    Never stop dancing! There are many reasons why knowing both roles is a good idea, for one – you will double the number of partners you can dance with, both in socials and in classes. You will also work deeper on technique and become a better dancer.

    What will I learn in this course?

    The course focuses on the basic techniques of leading and offers you the possibility to refine your follower-skills, while giving you a broader understanding of the dance:

    • Learn how to lead fundamental moves to different rhythms – groove walks, triple steps, kick steps.
    • Improve your follower-skills by revisiting the basics.
    • Get more confident in your dancing!

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course requires you to have taken at least until our Swing 4 as a follower or that you have had at least 6 months of regular classes and social dance experience as a follower.

  • Harlem Roots

    Dancing like they did at the Savoy Ballroom! In this course we want to dedicate ourselves completely to the early days of the Lindy Hop. The stylings and moves you will learn in the Harlem Roots course are inspired by swing legends such as “Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers”. However we don’t want to learn solely about the movement, but also about the feeling of this time period – rhythm, communication and swing. What are the roots of the Lindy Hop?

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about the original Lindy Hop of the 20s – 40s, and not much else! You will learn:

    • Traditional moves and stylings
    • Concepts about rhythm, improvisation and partnership
    • Deeper insights into the history of the Lindy Hop

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is for all levels from intermediate and above. You should feel very comfortable with your swing outs and all basic lindy hop rhythms (triple steps, kicks, groove walks), so you should have at least finished Swing 4. Also more experienced dancers will have the opportunity to learn traditional moves and stylings that should be in every lindy hoppers repertoire and will learn concepts that can fundamentally change their dancing.

  • Musicality & Conversation

    A great dance is a conversation between you, your partner, and the music. You could have the coolest moves and the best technique, but if you’re not communicating with your partner or not matching the song it’ll always fall a little flat. Instead you can keep your techniques and moves really simple but be playful with your partner and react to the music, and your dance card will be full every night!

    What will I learn in this course?

    Over six weeks you’ll learn to:

    • adjust your dancing to different styles and parts of the music
    • interact with your partner on the social dance floor
    • spice up your lindy with solo jazz moves
    • be more creative and find your individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

  • Social Dancing Skills

    Being a good student in class doesn’t equal being a good social dancer. Of course, the most important part is to know how to dance, lead and follow. But there are some aspects that don’t find (enough) space in our regular syllabus: How do I ask for a dance? How do I get through a whole song without being boring or dying of exhaustion? How can I not bump into other people all the time? Find answers to these and other questions in this course ;)

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is not about learning fancy moves or complicated technique. Instead we are going to look at all the little things that come with a social dance that we normally don’t think about in class:

    • Etiquette: How to ask for a dance and say thanks politely
    • Floorcraft: How to use the space you have, even if it’s little
    • Creativity & Musicality: How to give and take space to improvise with very easy tools

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. With Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough repertoire to get through all the games, exercises and routines in this course.

    socialdancingskills

  • Solo Charleston Basics

    Get your legs flying! Sweet twists, big kicks, you’ll find so many things to choose from in this survey of Charleston styles and moves. Working on your solo Charleston will make massive improvements to your partnered Charleston technique; plus it’s great for rocking out at the party, whether for a whole song or just in moments of breakaway from your partner.

    What will I learn in this course?

    We’ll start back in the flapper age, with 20s Charleston techniques and variations: hitchhikers, sways, scarecrows, cow tails, everything you need to look like you just stepped out of the 1920s.

    Then we’ll move the time machine onward to the 1930s and get to kicking! with classic solo moves and kick variations to bring lots of energy and fun to the dance, plus some flash moves to add excitement.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any prior dance experience.

  • Solo Jazz Basics

    Solo Jazz is the easiest way to work on your dancing independently of a partner. You get a better understanding for the basic rhythms of swing dancing, you improve balance and you gain more control of your weight shifts. Next to that you also learn some very popular Authentic Jazz steps that are not only great for dancing solo, but also can be added as variations in your Lindy Hop. We are big believers in every Lindy Hopper having a basic knowledge of Solo Jazz – so why don’t you give it a go?

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course teaches you some of the most popular Solo Jazz steps and deepens your understanding of the basic rhythms of swing dancing:

    • Basic Rhythms: : Groove Walk, Jig Walk, Quick Steps, Triple Steps
    • Popular Jazz Steps: Tackie Annie, Fall off the Log, Apple Jacks and many more…
    • Creativity & Improvisation: Easy ways to combine jazz steps and create our own

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any former dance experience.

  • Solo Routines: Tranky Doo + Big Apple

    Tranky Doo and Big Apple are world-renowned solo jazz routines every Lindy Hopper should have in their repertoire. They combine basic jazz steps with energetic breaks and are super fun to dance with a crowd during parties.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Lesson 1 + 2: Tranky Doo
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 3-5: Big Apple
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 6: Brush up and repetition

    What should I know before I join this course?

    You have at least a little experience with solo jazz (Shim Sham or Solo Jazz Basic). If this is your first time solo dancing, it will be a real challenge :)

  • Swing Out Clinic

    The swing out is THE must-have move for every Lindy Hopper. This is why we do not only devote a full course to teaching it, but we are also developing a whole series of expansion courses about it. The Swing Out Clinic is first in the series; designed to review the basic techniques and add refinement and variations.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is really all about the swingout. You will deepen your knowledge and expand your skills in executing the basic swingout, and of course also learn some new variations.

    • Movements and positioning within different moments of the swing out
    • Focus on connection and anchoring
    • Swivels: how to lead them and how to execute them with grace
    • Cool Texas tommy & turn variations

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course builds up on the basic swingout as you learned it, for example in Swing 4, and adds new layers of technical difficulty.

    If you haven’t taken Swing 4 with us: we recommend that you have had at least 6 months of regular class and social dance experience and taken at least several weeks of classes that focused on the swing out. Otherwise you might want to consider taking Swing 4 (in the beginner / intermediate section) instead, to brush up your basic swing out.

    If you are not sure how to decide, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

    Swing Out Clinic

  • Swing Out Variations

    How can I vary the “wow” effect of this move or play with the dynamics? How do I change the direction of the swing out? How do I change the amount of rotation? If you want concrete answers to these and other questions, join the class for awesome and classic swing out variations that will make you shine on the dance floor.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about the basic swing out. You will deepen your knowledge and expand your skills in executing the basic swing out. We will focus on playing with footwork and body movement variations.

    • Broaden your repertoire with footwork variations
    • Playing with positions and dynamics to add excitement
    • Swivels: How you lead them and do them with style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course builds up on the basic swing out as you learned it, for example in Swing 4.

    If you haven’t taken Swing 4 with us: we recommend that you have had at least 6 months of regular class and social dance experience and taken at least several weeks of classes that focused on the swing out. Otherwise you might want to consider taking Swing 4 (in the beginner / intermediate section) instead, to brush up your basic swing out.

    If you are not sure how to decide, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

  • Switch!

    Beide Tanzrollen zu Erlernen bringt nicht nur jede Menge Spaß, sondern auch ein tieferes Verständnis für den Tanz allgemein. Mit dem Wechsel zwischen Leader- und Follower-Rolle innerhalb eines Tanzes können du und dein/e Tanzpartner/in noch mehr Vielfalt erleben und dabei eine ganz neue Kommunikationsebene im Tanz schaffen.

    Was lerne ich in diesem Kurs?

    Zum einen wirst du Grundlagen der neuen Tanzrolle lernen, damit du dich auch auf dem ungewohnten Gebiet sicher fühlst. Zum anderen wirst du verschiedene Switch-Moves kennenlernen, also Figuren, mit denen du elegant die Rolle wechseln kannst ohne dabei den Tanz zu unterbrechen.

    Was sollte ich bereits kennen, um teilzunehmen?

    Um an diesem Kurs teilzunehmen solltest du etwa 3 Monate Tanzerfahrung mitbringen oder mindestens Swing 2 bei uns abgeschlossen haben. Grundlagen wie Passes, Slingshot und Promenade in der gewohnten Tanzrolle sollten sitzen.

Swing 5

Coolest Charleston Classics

12.11. - 17.12.2018
Monday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Jean and Ben

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 5

Coolest Charleston Classics

15.11. - 20.12.2018
Thursday , 20:30-21:45
6 x 75 minutes
with Ananda and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing 6

Advanced Must-Haves

13.11. - 18.12.2018
Tuesday , 20:30-21:45
6 x 75 minutes
with Maria and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Advanced (Swing Bachelor, Swing Master, Swing Graduate, Expansion Courses)

Are you ready for a challenge? In order to join classes in this level we expect you have a solid foundation of lindy hop experience, with a year’s worth of our Swing 1 through Swing 6 syllabus, as well as regular practice and social dancing.

  • Swing Bachelor

    The goal of this course is to keeping moving your Lindy Hop forward, while always returning to strong fundamentals. The content in any course round will be adapted to your group’s needs as you develop. What makes the Bachelor group different from Swing 1-6 is that it’s not a one-time course; it’s a group to stay with and train with over time. After 3 course rounds as a Bachelor you can graduate to the Master level.

    What will I learn in this course?

    The content varies from group to group, but typically during your career as a Bachelor you meet a combination of the following topics:

    • fancy turns and variations
    • Geeky excercises to improve your quality of movement
    • Musicality, stylings and rhythms
    • Fast music / Charleston variations
    • Techniques to actively follow and sensitively lead

    What should I know before I join this course?

    In order to move on to a Bachelor course we expect you to have completed our full Swing 1 to Swing 6 syllabus, or equivalent knowledge, with plenty of practice and social dancing experience, to have a solid foundation for your dancing. If you’re unsure, speak with your teachers, or email us at berlin@swingstep.com.

    Typically we design the course schedules so that when you’re finishing Swing 6 you can continue with a Bachelor course on the same day & time.

  • Swing Master

    As an advanced student, you’ll be adapting to complexity and adding finesse to your dancing. Leaders you’ll find more control of your positioning and create more complex combinations, and followers you’ll learn to master your body movements to maintain your rhythm even in the most complex situations. Just like the Bachelor, the content in any course round will be adapted to your group’s needs as your dancing develops. After 6 course rounds as a Master you’ll be ready for the Graduate level.

    What will I learn in this course?

    The content will vary from group to group and over time as you develop; we’ll bring you our newest inspirations for the dance.

    • styling while maintaining strong fundamentals
    • advanced triple steps
    • swinging rhythm in turns
    • complex social flows

    What should I know before I join this course?

    Typically if you and your training group have been Bachelors for 3 course rounds (about 6 months), you will graduate to the Master level. If you are training more intensively then perhaps you might progress more quickly (for example by traveling to workshops and taking private lessons).

  • Swing Graduate

    In these classes you’ll learn to fully express yourself as a dancer in any environment: crowded dance floor, music that’s fast or slow of any energy-level; you’ll get the material and methods to express yourself no matter what. For inspiration we’ll turn to the international top teachers of Lindy Hop; true to SwingStep’s core values, it’s all about expanding your technique so you can adapt to or create any style.

    What will I learn in this course?

    The content will vary from group to group and over time as you develop; we’ll bring you our newest inspirations for the dance.

    • control and balance
    • dancing in small spaces
    • advanced musicality
    • expand to create any style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    Typically if you and your training group have been Masters for 6 course rounds (1 year), you will move on to the Graduate level. If you are training more intensively then perhaps you might progress more quickly (for example by traveling to workshops and taking private lessons).

  • Dance with Quality

    Want to know how to improve your dancing, no matter what the move and no matter which partner? How to improve your Lindy Hop without needing to add more moves to your repertoire? How to refine your movements, prevent injuries, and just plain dance better? Then we have the perfect course for you!

    In this course it’s not about moves and variations, it’s all about how you use and move your body in the dance, and making you more comfortable, more powerful, more refined… more awesome.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about quality of movement – how to move your body efficiently, how to prevent injuries and strains on the body, how to create movements with elegance and control. The course is primarily designed to help you improve your partnered Lindy Hop and Charleston, but you will surely see benefits in your Solo Jazz dancing as well :) There will be a lot of solo training in the course, but also some partnered exercises. Topics include:

    Posture & Balance

    • exercises from ballet & modern
    • fitness approach: functional training, joint-by-joint theory

    Stability & Mobility

    • for quality basics
    • for individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

    Finally, a small note on clothing: Since this class is a bit more training-focussed, we suggest you wear comfortable clothing, more like you would wear to the gym than to your usual dance classes, and ideally comfortable socks as well since there will sometimes be exercises without shoes.


    (photo by Photo by Lena Giovanazzi Photography)

  • Delicious Kick Steps

    Welcome to Charleston Land! We think that kick steps are delicious, but it takes practice – and a good technique – to truly savor them. With the goal of deepening the understanding of the technique of kicks combined with exciting new charleston variations, this course makes a great continuation of Swing 5. If you love dancing fast, this course will make you whoop – and if you don’t (yet), then now is the time to fall in love ;)

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course will focus both on the basic technique of kick steps and also you will learn new variations that you can dance to fast music:

    • Relaxed Kick Steps: how to make your kicks go with the flow
    • Energy Management: Not every rhythm needs to kick
    • New Charleston moves: Learn the Hacksaw and some cool Tandem variations

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course requires a basic knowledge of how to do kicks and the Charleston repertoire you learned in Swing 5: Hand-to-Hand, Tandem, Airplane.

    The course is not designed to be taken parallel to Swing 5, as the speed and content build on some previous Charleston practice.

  • Follows Take the Lead

    Never stop dancing! There are many reasons why knowing both roles is a good idea, for one – you will double the number of partners you can dance with, both in socials and in classes. You will also work deeper on technique and become a better dancer.

    What will I learn in this course?

    The course focuses on the basic techniques of leading and offers you the possibility to refine your follower-skills, while giving you a broader understanding of the dance:

    • Learn how to lead fundamental moves to different rhythms – groove walks, triple steps, kick steps.
    • Improve your follower-skills by revisiting the basics.
    • Get more confident in your dancing!

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course requires you to have taken at least until our Swing 4 as a follower or that you have had at least 6 months of regular classes and social dance experience as a follower.

  • Harlem Roots

    Dancing like they did at the Savoy Ballroom! In this course we want to dedicate ourselves completely to the early days of the Lindy Hop. The stylings and moves you will learn in the Harlem Roots course are inspired by swing legends such as “Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers”. However we don’t want to learn solely about the movement, but also about the feeling of this time period – rhythm, communication and swing. What are the roots of the Lindy Hop?

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about the original Lindy Hop of the 20s – 40s, and not much else! You will learn:

    • Traditional moves and stylings
    • Concepts about rhythm, improvisation and partnership
    • Deeper insights into the history of the Lindy Hop

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is for all levels from intermediate and above. You should feel very comfortable with your swing outs and all basic lindy hop rhythms (triple steps, kicks, groove walks), so you should have at least finished Swing 4. Also more experienced dancers will have the opportunity to learn traditional moves and stylings that should be in every lindy hoppers repertoire and will learn concepts that can fundamentally change their dancing.

  • Musicality & Conversation

    A great dance is a conversation between you, your partner, and the music. You could have the coolest moves and the best technique, but if you’re not communicating with your partner or not matching the song it’ll always fall a little flat. Instead you can keep your techniques and moves really simple but be playful with your partner and react to the music, and your dance card will be full every night!

    What will I learn in this course?

    Over six weeks you’ll learn to:

    • adjust your dancing to different styles and parts of the music
    • interact with your partner on the social dance floor
    • spice up your lindy with solo jazz moves
    • be more creative and find your individual style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course is mixed-level, from beginner-intermediate and up. Anyone can benefit from this course, including very advanced dancers, but in order to work well with the group we expect you to have at least 3 months experience in Lindy Hop and Charleston. For example if you have taken our Swing 1 and Swing 2 courses, you have the basics required in order to get a great benefit from this expansion class.

    If you are not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

  • Social Dancing Skills

    Being a good student in class doesn’t equal being a good social dancer. Of course, the most important part is to know how to dance, lead and follow. But there are some aspects that don’t find (enough) space in our regular syllabus: How do I ask for a dance? How do I get through a whole song without being boring or dying of exhaustion? How can I not bump into other people all the time? Find answers to these and other questions in this course ;)

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is not about learning fancy moves or complicated technique. Instead we are going to look at all the little things that come with a social dance that we normally don’t think about in class:

    • Etiquette: How to ask for a dance and say thanks politely
    • Floorcraft: How to use the space you have, even if it’s little
    • Creativity & Musicality: How to give and take space to improvise with very easy tools

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. With Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough repertoire to get through all the games, exercises and routines in this course.

    socialdancingskills

  • Solo Charleston Basics

    Get your legs flying! Sweet twists, big kicks, you’ll find so many things to choose from in this survey of Charleston styles and moves. Working on your solo Charleston will make massive improvements to your partnered Charleston technique; plus it’s great for rocking out at the party, whether for a whole song or just in moments of breakaway from your partner.

    What will I learn in this course?

    We’ll start back in the flapper age, with 20s Charleston techniques and variations: hitchhikers, sways, scarecrows, cow tails, everything you need to look like you just stepped out of the 1920s.

    Then we’ll move the time machine onward to the 1930s and get to kicking! with classic solo moves and kick variations to bring lots of energy and fun to the dance, plus some flash moves to add excitement.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any prior dance experience.

  • Solo Jazz Basics

    Solo Jazz is the easiest way to work on your dancing independently of a partner. You get a better understanding for the basic rhythms of swing dancing, you improve balance and you gain more control of your weight shifts. Next to that you also learn some very popular Authentic Jazz steps that are not only great for dancing solo, but also can be added as variations in your Lindy Hop. We are big believers in every Lindy Hopper having a basic knowledge of Solo Jazz – so why don’t you give it a go?

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course teaches you some of the most popular Solo Jazz steps and deepens your understanding of the basic rhythms of swing dancing:

    • Basic Rhythms: : Groove Walk, Jig Walk, Quick Steps, Triple Steps
    • Popular Jazz Steps: Tackie Annie, Fall off the Log, Apple Jacks and many more…
    • Creativity & Improvisation: Easy ways to combine jazz steps and create our own

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course does not require a lot of dance experience. After Swing 1+2 or approximately three months of swing dance classes you should have enough movement experience to keep up with the learning tempo of the course.

    If you are eager to work hard or a fast learner, you can even give it a go without any former dance experience.

  • Solo Routines: Tranky Doo + Big Apple

    Tranky Doo and Big Apple are world-renowned solo jazz routines every Lindy Hopper should have in their repertoire. They combine basic jazz steps with energetic breaks and are super fun to dance with a crowd during parties.

    What will I learn in this course?

    Lesson 1 + 2: Tranky Doo
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 3-5: Big Apple
    You will learn the routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    Lesson 6: Brush up and repetition

    What should I know before I join this course?

    You have at least a little experience with solo jazz (Shim Sham or Solo Jazz Basic). If this is your first time solo dancing, it will be a real challenge :)

  • Sugar Push Clinic

    When a sugar push feels good, it can be one of the most fun moves in all of Lindy Hop. But it’s also one of the most challenging moves to dance well. In this course we will take our time with this exciting move, refining the technique and making it feel and look great.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is really all about the sugar push. You will deepen your knowledge and expand your skills, and of course we’ll also bring in a little spice.

    • precision footwork
    • timing and connection
    • for followers: how to fully integrate swivels into your sugar push
    • for both: variation and styling

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course builds up on the basic sugar push as you learned it, for example in Swing 6, and adds new layers of technical difficulty.

    If you haven’t taken Swing 6 with us: we recommend that you have had about a year of regular class and social dance experience and taken at least several weeks of classes that focused on the sugar push. Otherwise you might want to consider taking Swing 6 (in the intermediate section) instead, to develop your basic sugar push.

    If you are not sure how to decide, don’t hesitate to ask us!

  • Swing Out Clinic

    The swing out is THE must-have move for every Lindy Hopper. This is why we do not only devote a full course to teaching it, but we are also developing a whole series of expansion courses about it. The Swing Out Clinic is first in the series; designed to review the basic techniques and add refinement and variations.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is really all about the swingout. You will deepen your knowledge and expand your skills in executing the basic swingout, and of course also learn some new variations.

    • Movements and positioning within different moments of the swing out
    • Focus on connection and anchoring
    • Swivels: how to lead them and how to execute them with grace
    • Cool Texas tommy & turn variations

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course builds up on the basic swingout as you learned it, for example in Swing 4, and adds new layers of technical difficulty.

    If you haven’t taken Swing 4 with us: we recommend that you have had at least 6 months of regular class and social dance experience and taken at least several weeks of classes that focused on the swing out. Otherwise you might want to consider taking Swing 4 (in the beginner / intermediate section) instead, to brush up your basic swing out.

    If you are not sure how to decide, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

    Swing Out Clinic

  • Swing Out Variations

    How can I vary the “wow” effect of this move or play with the dynamics? How do I change the direction of the swing out? How do I change the amount of rotation? If you want concrete answers to these and other questions, join the class for awesome and classic swing out variations that will make you shine on the dance floor.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This course is all about the basic swing out. You will deepen your knowledge and expand your skills in executing the basic swing out. We will focus on playing with footwork and body movement variations.

    • Broaden your repertoire with footwork variations
    • Playing with positions and dynamics to add excitement
    • Swivels: How you lead them and do them with style

    What should I know before I join this course?

    This course builds up on the basic swing out as you learned it, for example in Swing 4.

    If you haven’t taken Swing 4 with us: we recommend that you have had at least 6 months of regular class and social dance experience and taken at least several weeks of classes that focused on the swing out. Otherwise you might want to consider taking Swing 4 (in the beginner / intermediate section) instead, to brush up your basic swing out.

    If you are not sure how to decide, don’t hesitate to ask us :)

  • Switch!

    Beide Tanzrollen zu Erlernen bringt nicht nur jede Menge Spaß, sondern auch ein tieferes Verständnis für den Tanz allgemein. Mit dem Wechsel zwischen Leader- und Follower-Rolle innerhalb eines Tanzes können du und dein/e Tanzpartner/in noch mehr Vielfalt erleben und dabei eine ganz neue Kommunikationsebene im Tanz schaffen.

    Was lerne ich in diesem Kurs?

    Zum einen wirst du Grundlagen der neuen Tanzrolle lernen, damit du dich auch auf dem ungewohnten Gebiet sicher fühlst. Zum anderen wirst du verschiedene Switch-Moves kennenlernen, also Figuren, mit denen du elegant die Rolle wechseln kannst ohne dabei den Tanz zu unterbrechen.

    Was sollte ich bereits kennen, um teilzunehmen?

    Um an diesem Kurs teilzunehmen solltest du etwa 3 Monate Tanzerfahrung mitbringen oder mindestens Swing 2 bei uns abgeschlossen haben. Grundlagen wie Passes, Slingshot und Promenade in der gewohnten Tanzrolle sollten sitzen.

Sugar Push Clinic

Weg mit dem Sugar-Pfusch!

23.11. - 21.12.2018
Friday , 19:00-20:15
5 x 75 minutes
with Tabea and Oli

Price - 59€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing Bachelor

since
August 2018

Advanced Training

13.11. - 18.12.2018
Tuesday , 20:30-21:45
6 x 75 minutes
with Jean and Aljoscha

Price - 69€

pre-requisite: have done some Bachelor before

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing Bachelor

since
November 2018

Advanced Training

15.11. - 20.12.2018
Thursday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Ananda and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing Master

since
February 2018

Mastering the Dance

12.11. - 17.12.2018
Monday , 20:30-21:45
6 x 75 minutes
with Maria and Slava

Price - 69€

pre-requisite: Master course in Oct 2018; others who wish to join, please contact us!

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Swing Master

since
November 2018

Mastering the Dance

13.11. - 18.12.2018
Tuesday , 19:00-20:15
6 x 75 minutes
with Maria and Slava

Price - 69€

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStep Berlin
Prinzenallee, 33
13359 Berlin

Just moved in? You already have Lindy Hop experience and like to try out SwingStep classes?

All our courses are designed so that we share with you fundamentally important techniques, even from the very first week of Swing 1. If you have experience from other lindy hop schools, it may not be necessary for you to take each of our courses from scratch, but the blueprint techniques we teach in each of these courses are critical for you to know.

Please go through the descriptions below to see which course makes sense for you. If you’re not sure, just talk to us or email us at berlin@swingstep.com; if you’d like you can even make an appointment with a teacher to meet at our Friday Practice Time so that we can give you a personal recommendation. Just contact us and we will work to find the right fit.

Quick FAQ

What do Leader / Follower mean?

In Lindy Hop, we dance with a partner. We talk about leaders and followers. Leaders make suggestions about where to go, and followers decide where to move. We like to use this analogy: The follower is driving the car. The leader has the map. The leader is offering directions and the follow is choosing how to interpret them. Both people are working together to get to the same place. The leader adapts how they give directions based on how the follower decided to interpret them.

It’s true that a majority of men mostly lead and most women mostly follow, but we see the roles as not gendered. So it doesn’t matter if you identify as a man or a woman or otherwise, you can dance either or both roles.

In order for the leader-follower balance to work in class, we ask that you register in one role and dance that role for the full course you registered for; if you’re interested in trying out the other and have questions then feel free to talk to your teachers or send us an email.

(Oli, Kris, and Anna from SwingStep)
Oli, the guy in the hat, is leading
Kris and Anna are following

(Al Minns and Leon James)
The one flying through the air is following ;)

(The DecaVitas)
The woman in black shoes is leading
The woman in white shoes is following


Is it a huge problem, if I can’t make it to a class?

As the classes build up on each other you possibly shouldn’t miss any of them. But of course it can happen, so we have some possibilities to catch up:

  • After each class we record a short video recap (2 minutes) that we will send to you afterwards.
  • You can practice the material, for example fridays 8.15pm-10pm in our free practice time or at home.
  • If there is a parallel course, we give you the possibility to take the class on another day. Just drop by and inform the teachers on the spot. You can bring a partner if he / she has done the material of the class already.

What can I do if I struggle with the material or the intensity of the class?

The short answer: Don’t hesitate to talk to us, as soon as you struggle or there is any confusion – we are happy to help you.

But here are some concrete ideas how we can help you in specific situations:

  • If you struggle with a specific move in class, ask for help or feedback immediately – probably your teachers have the tips that you need.
  • If you are having a hard time catching up with the material, drop by during the free practice time. Here we can give you more of our time than in the class itself. We can for example show you short exercises that you can also do at home on a regular basis.
  • Often it is a good idea to train within a group and motivate each other. Why don’t you make a training group with some of your classmates and dance friends (Tip: We have a FB group for that purpose)?
  • A very helpful fasttrack are private classes, where we can offer tailormade classes with a lot of individual feedback. click here for more infos or talk to your teachers directly.

What happens once I am done with a course?

We mostly try to give a follow up course for your group, so you don’t need to worry about changing your schedule every 6 weeks. It doesn’t always work, but normally you can trust that your next course will be same day, same time, same place. So all you need to do is sign up in time.


I would like to go to a non-SwingStep workshop – how can I find out which level to sign up for?

From our experience the prerequisites in different schools, cities and on international workshops are quite varying. If you want to get a recommendation where to sign up, feel free to ask us. If you plan to come by during a free practice, write us an e-mail so we can coordinate that there is someone there for you.

Take advantage of our Double and Flatrate offers

Faster Progress

Want to learn faster? Want to pay less per course? Here is a table where you can quickly see what courses you can take in parallel to take advantage of our double and Flatrate offers.

How to read this table:

Find your course up top , and read down the columns to see all the other courses you can take at the same time :)
“x” means regular or in parallel with other courses, “r” means review material

Berlin Swing Courses AprilMaiJune

Click onto the titles to see what you can do to progress faster in your dancing:

Expansion Courses

These courses are designed to fast-track your social dancing and explore the richness of lindy hop culture. Take advantage of expansion courses where you can develop:

  • solo dancing repertoire and technique
  • classic solo and lindy hop routines
  • body awareness, balance, and strength
  • musicality in your social dancing

Expansion courses are not a “fixed track” like our Swing 1-6 program; we have a variety of expansion courses and we add them into our class schedule on a regular basis so that you can expand your understanding of lindy hop dance and culture. These courses are great to take on their own, but they’re perfect to add to your regular curriculum using our double or Flatrate offers.

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You can find the current expansion classes up above, they are sorted into the recommended levels.

Social Dances & Practice Times

Going to one class per week is too little to really get forward? That’s true. A fast way to implement what you just learned in class it to go social dancing or practicing at least one more time per week. Here is how we can help:

  • Mondays we have our weekly social dance at Marie-Antoinette. Only 2€ cover charge*, but the bar appreciates if you buy a drink or two
  • Friday we have our weekly social dance in our studio in Wedding. Only 2€ cover charge*, but the bar appreciates if you buy a drink or two
  • Also we have the Practice Time Fridays in our studio in Wedding. From 19:45 in the big ballroom and from 21:15 in the lounge

Monday Social

Every Monday from 21.00

Marie-Antoinette
Holzmarkstr. 15-18
(close to U-Jannowitzbrücke, behind the big BVG-building)

Start the week with some good dances and a drink in relaxed atmosphere. Once a month we have the Monday Marmalade Swing Jam Session (infos in the calendar).

Cover charge 2€*

Swingin’ Friday

Summerbreak: starts again at 5th of October 2018
Every Friday from 22.00

SwingStep Wedding
(Theater 28)

Prinzenallee 33
(close to U-Pankstr.)

Start the weekend with some good dances and a drink in relaxed atmosphere. We also have live bands regulary (infos in the calendar).

Cover charge 2€*

SwinginBerlin.de

All parties on first sight

In Berlins official Swing calendar you always find the right party
– every day!

* Cover charge varies for live music

Private Classes

Private lesson are perfect, if 

  • you want to learn your first dance steps in calm environment where you can only focus on yourself. This way you feel more confident in a group class afterwards.
  • you want to learn Swing but don’t have time for regular evening classes.
  • you are already taking classes but want to train more intensively with a teacher and you are interested in getting more individual feedback
  • you plan a show (e.g. a special wedding dance) with your partner. We are happy to help you with your choreography and choosing the music.

A private lesson is typically 60 minutes long and takes place in our SwingStep studio. You decide which topic you want to work on! That could include technique, variations & styling for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz, Blues… even aerials! 

Assistant Teachers:

1 Trainer – and you: 45 Euro
1 Trainer – you and your dance partner: 55 Euro
2 Trainer – and you: 60 Euro
2 Trainer – you and your dance partner: 70 Euro

Main Teachers

1 Trainer – and you: 55 Euro
1 Trainer – you and your dance partner: 65 Euro
2 Trainer – and you: 75 Euro
2 Trainer – you and your dance partner: 85 Euro

Please send your booking request to berlin@swingstep.com

Group Privates: You don’t live in Berlin and want to make the most of your visit? You can book private workshop together with your friends for an evening or weekend.  Price upon request.

Wedding dance: You don’t want to dance the same old waltz at THE day of your live, but a lively swing choreo? Prices depend on time and effort. An example: For a couple who has been dancing swing for a few months: 150€ for choreographing (and possible music editing), plus 3 private lessons for rehearsals.
The routine remains intellectual property of SwingStep.

Teachers Training

Since its foundation, SwingStep focused on hiring full-time teachers, so that we can spend the necessary time to develop our class concepts and pedagogy along with our dancing. In the process, we’ve developed some unique concepts, and we regularly share them with other social dance teachers:

More information coming soon. Curious? Write us an email.

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Where are the classes happening?

Tanzbar

Next to our new main studio in Wedding we also have different locations in Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain where we offer classes on several evenings. You can find informations on where which courses are happening on the course page.

Because this is a social dance, it’s not necessary to change into special dance clothing; most people just come as they are.  Bringing an extra shirt to change into when you got sweaty can be a good idea. If you’d like to know more about dress codes, click here.

Main studio in Wedding

SwingStep Berlin (Theater 28)

Prinzenallee 33
13359 Berlin

Phone
  • +49 (0) 30 - 40 36 4 36 36
Email address

Description

Through the big gate, you might have to ring

» get directions on Google Maps

Monday: Courses & Social Dance

Marie-Antoinette

Holzmarktstraße 15-18
10179 Berlin

Phone
  • +49 (0) 30 - 40 36 4 36 36
Email address

Description

The entrance is behind the BVG building, close to the water (see google maps icon).

» get directions on Google Maps

 

Monday, Wednesday & Sunday: Courses

Art.13

Dresdner Str. 11
10999 Berlin

Phone
  • +49 (0) 30 - 40 36 4 36 36
Email address

Description

ring the bell, backyard right door, 3rd floor

» get directions on Google Maps

What goes into each class?

In many ways SwingStep is unique in Europe. Here are just a few of the reasons we believe you’ll have an amazing experience.

Focus:

Our teachers focus on what we believe is the coolest form of Swing – the Lindy Hop

True mastery of a topic comes from deep focus: our teachers have been actively developing their dancing and teaching skills for years, and bring all this experience to you in class. Because we focus your classes only on Lindy hop, we can react quickly to your feedback, and continuously improve our classes to help you learn good technique in the most simple and enjoyable way!

True dedication:

Across SwingStep schools in Berlin and Heidelberg, we have 8 FULL-TIME members who spend forty hours per week developing your swing dance experience. We are continuously developing our class schedules, content, techniques and teaching systems. When someone has an idea for a class or a new method of teaching, we test and review it together to analyse it from every angle until the good ideas are polished into a gem!

All teachers have their individual “superpowers” that improve your experience in a different way. You can read more about them here: Team Superpowers

Distinguished:

SwingStep founders Ali&Katja are a passionate and inspiring presence in the European Lindy Hop scene.  They are invited 35 weekends a year since 2013, to train dancers all over Europe in their dance and teaching philosophy.

This is what organizers in Switzerland say about us:

Katja and Ali stand out as teachers who have developed their very own approaches to explaining dance techniques in Lindy Hop. Afters years and years of constant development of their ides and classes, their school of dancing has gained many followers. – organizers of Leapin Lindy (2016 edition). 

For more about Ali&Katja, check out their website: aliandkatja.com.

Joint-effort:

We have two other communities who work very closely with us to develop our teaching system: “Holy Lindy Land” in Tel Aviv, Israel with Ron and his team, and “Little Big Apple” in Lisbon, Portugal with David and Catia and their team.

Both schools have worked closely with the SwingStep team for several years. As we work on the same platform, the best ideas from each school can easily be used in the other schools. If you have heard about “Party Mode” in one of our classes, that’s because we saw the amazing results it had in Tel Aviv!


Any questions? Write us an email: berlin@swingstep.com or call us: +49 (0) 30 - 40 36 4 36 36*

* You will most likely reach us Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 12 - 2pm. If not, we promise to call or write back within a day.