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, emotionalcharleston, side-by-side: basics; Skip ups; freezes & playcharleston, opening up: sendout, take-in; open position basic; follower’s and leader’s underarm turnlindy hop: side-by-side basics; half-turn; sendout, take-in; Passes and Strolls

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.

Whether you’ll take this course alone or with a partner, we created a video to explain how you can get the best out of your online learning experience with us. You’ll find it in the Lesson Content section, under the main video of the first class.

Stay in touch with the community

Join our community, either on Slack or on Facebook 🙂 This is our main way to communicate with you – to let you know what’s coming up on the live activities schedule and give you other updates, plus you can use it for much more…

  • Connect directly with other members and motivate each other
  • Exchange videos, images and other material about dancing
  • Share your ideas and learn from others in the community
  • Show your progress, exchange tips and fun facts
  • Ask questions or get feedback, from other members or from the SwingStep team

Want to know more before deciding, or need help with slack? We’ve prepared a helper video and some slack sign-up info over in our Join Our Community lesson.