Practice, Connect, Explore
Day & Time: Tuesday, 19:45 – 20:45
Dates: 08.11.2022 – 13.12.2022
The goal of this course is to keep moving your Lindy Hop forward, while always returning to strong fundamentals. The content will vary based on the teachers' choice and be adapted to your group’s needs as you develop. What makes the Lifelong Learning course different from our other courses is that it's not based on learning (or reviewing) a specific topic; it’s a group to stay with and train with over time.
The content varies; example topics are:
- Fancy turns and variations
- Geeky exercises to improve your rhythm, connection, and quality of movement
- Music: finding a deeper appreciation, and connecting your dancing more
- Developing your personal style
- Fast dancing
- Classic routines and combos
In order to join a Lifelong Learning class you should have a solid Lindy Hop foundation. Because the course covers a huge range of topics, different skills will be needed at different times. Overall here are our recommendations:
- Moves: you should be comfortable social dancing classics like Swing Outs, Tuck Turns, open position passbys, at a variety of tempos.
- Rhythm: you should be able to easily dance both triple steps and kick steps, and feel comfortable choosing between them in your social dancing.
- Music: you should be familiar with, and have an appreciation for, dancing to swing music; your dancing reflects the music you hear.
One way of making sure that you have these skills covered is to first take our other core courses:
- Lindy Hop Starter Kit (former Swing 1)
- Lindy Hop Fundamentals (former Swing 2)
- Tucks and Turns (former Swing 3)
- Swing Outs & Swivels (former Swing 4)
- Charleston Classics (former Swing 5)
- Sugar Pushes, Charleston Swing Outs (former Swing 6)
If you augment these courses with some Solo classes, as well as lots of practice and social dancing, you'll definitely have everything you need to be able to handle the challenges of this course.
Of course, we don't want to insist that you must get all your Lindy Hop knowledge from us! You might have picked up your skills elsewhere, which is absolutely fine too.
And, if you're not sure whether the course is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask us 🙂
When dancing with a partner, we talk about “Leaders” and “Followers”. Classically, the person dancing in the role of leader initiates movements and directions and the follower interprets and actively dances them. However, there is no hierarchy to the roles and throughout the dance both partners continuously make decisions on how and where to go.
Click here to get more detailed explanations of the roles.
At SwingStep, we encourage everybody to see themselves as dancers rather than leaders or followers. This is why we strive to give everybody the opportunity to learn the dance from the leader and follower perspectives. This is known as “Everybody Leads and Everybody Follows” or “Switch dancing”.
We generally leave it up to our teachers to decide how to communicate and manage roles within a dance class. We are indicating what you can expect inside the sign up form in the field “Select your Role”:
- Leader / Follower: If you are asked to select a role during sign up, during these classes you are generally going to learn to dance in the role you selected, though occasionally teachers may invite you to try out the other role too.
- Single Person: If it is a partner class, you’ll get the opportunity to learn the content from both perspectives. This will allow you to deepen your understanding of the concepts and ideas more deeply, dance with anyone in the class and never have to wait for the right amount of “opposite roles” to show up so that you can dance. Switching roles can either happen in a structured way, where the teachers invite you to change your dance role in regular intervals, or in an organic way, where the teachers leave it up to you and your dance partner at any given time to switch roles according to your own wishes and needs.
When you book a subscription with us, you’ll have access to any classes you want as well as all the online classes. If you have primarily explored the dance from one perspective, you can use your subscription to join classes that suit you to explore the role you have less experience in.
Question: What if I feel too challenged doing both roles?
Answer: We encourage you to take care of your own needs at this moment. For example, make an agreement with your dancing partner to either get the help you need or revert to your stronger role.
Question: What if I only want to learn one role?
Answer: We encourage learning both roles, because it makes you a more flexible dancer and brings more dancing opportunities (and also fun). However, we will not force you to switch roles. Take care of your own preferences and needs.
Question: What if I want to only dance with my partner?
Answer: We strongly encourage you to rotate and explore the dance with everybody in the class. However, we will not force you to rotate or switch. Take care of your own preferences and needs.
Want to Join Lifelong Learning?
Step 1: Select a payment option below and fill out the form
Step 2: (While logged in) Select this course again and sign up
6-Class Package for a couple
If you want to take classes with us, but you don’t want to commit to a subscription yet, then this option is for you.
This package is intended for couples who want to sign up for classes together.
You can also purchase this package as a single person, to have even more tickets available for yourself 🙂
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Here’s where Lifelong Learning takes place:
Ballhaus Prinzenallee, Prinzenallee 33, 13359 Berlin
Enter through the big gate, the entrance is in the backyard
Osloer Str./Prinzenallee (M13)
Prinzenallee/Soldiner Straße (Bus M27)