New to Swing?

RECHARGE YOUR ENERGY AFTER A BUSY DAY!

In just one short evening session of dancing, music and socializing – all in one activity – you’ll fill your body and mind with positive energy for the whole week.

I can handle my challenges at work because of my weekly dose of Swing dance classes – Antje K.

It’s easy to join because:

  • You don’t need to bring a partner. We always rotate dance partners during classes and make sure to have balanced classes.
  • You do not need any previous knowledge for any of the courses on this page.
  • Come dressed as you are! No specific shoes or clothes needed.
  • If you miss a class there is both a video summary and free practice time that you can visit to catch up
  • When you finish Swing 1, you can join Swing 2… at the same day and hour.
  • No risk thanks to our 100 % money-back-guarantee!

What should I wear?

Because Lindy Hop 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.


How can you join? Click the tabs for more information:

  • The best courses for beginners

    Swing 1

    Social Dancing Starter Kit

    20.02. - 27.03.2018
    Tuesday , 19:00-20:25
    6 x 85 minutes

    Price - 81€

    Language of instruction:
    As needed (EN / DE)

    SwingStation
    Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
    69115 Heidelberg

    Every course contains the following extras:

    • video summaries
    • free social dance on Tuesdays
    • free practice time on Fridays

  • First Saturday Swing

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    There’s a taster class for beginners before the monthly party of German Swing Dance Society e.V. Come by, take the class and party with us!

    When: every first Saturday of the month
    Next date: check our Calendar
    Entrance: 4 € (including the taster class)
    Taster:  20:00, no partner necessary
    Party: from 20:45
    Where: TSC Grün-Gold, Hans-Bunte-Str. 6, 3rd floor


  • Friday Practice

    Every Friday from 20:00 to 21:30 all course participants are welcome to use the SwingStation studio for dance practice. Bring your friends from class or come by yourself and find a partner on-site. Feel free to train what you have learned in class or try out new moves you have seen on the dance floor or on youtube. During that time a team member will be present to answer your questions, help you figure out a move and – last but not least – play some music.

    You can also use the Friday Practice time to book a free mini-private lesson with one of our teachers (10-20 minutes). You can come with or without a partner, just let us know via email, when you want to come:  heidelberg@swingstep.com.

    When: Fridays, 20:00 – 21:30
    Entrance: Free!
    Where: at the SwingStation Studio

    SwingStation

    Kurfürsten-Anlage 58, 69115 Heidelberg

    The entrance is on the eastern side of the building (toward Stadtwerke), nicely reachable from the Kurfürsten-Anlage itself or from the Kirchstraße.

    Public Transportation: #5, 21, 23, 24, 26, Stops “Hauptbahnhof” or “Stadtwerke”.

    Parking: street parking, best-found in the Kirchstraße. (Please do not park in the yard.)

  • Swing at the university (Unisport)

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    When: Tuesdays 20:30-22:00 during the semester
    Price: free for students and employees of  the Uni Heidelberg
    Registration: just come by!
    Where: Sporthalle der Friedrich-Ebert-Schule, Plöck 101, 69117 Heidelberg (Entrance via Plöck and via Sandgasse; parking at Sandgasse)

    • for university students
    • 90 min lessons
    • no partner needed
    • no registration necessary
    • free social on Tuesdays
    • free practice on Fridays

     

  • Tuesday Swingt

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    When: Tuesdays, 22:00 – 23:30
    Next date: check our Calendar
    Where: at the SwingStation Studio
    No cover!
    Registration: just drop by!

    “Tuesday Swingt” is our weekly social dance and practice evening after classes.  It’s a relaxed meet & greet – some want to practice the class material, some want to chat and others want to let off steam after a long day and dance their feet off!

    SwingStation

    Kurfürsten-Anlage 58, 69115 Heidelberg

    The entrance is on the eastern side of the building (toward Stadtwerke), nicely reachable from the Kurfürsten-Anlage itself or from the Kirchstraße.

    Public Transportation: #5, 21, 23, 24, 26, Stops “Hauptbahnhof” or “Stadtwerke”.

    Parking: street parking, best-found in the Kirchstraße. (Please do not park in the yard.)

  • 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 dance@swingstep.com

    Group Privates: You don’t live in Heidelberg 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.


Is this something for me?

 

If you see yourself as:

  • a busy person who wants to combine physical activity, music, laughter and being with people, all in one short activity.
  • an active person who would do many more cultural and sports activities if you had more time.
  • an independent person who loves to do activities with other people, but doesn’t want to have to rely on other people to join an activity.

If you connect to any of these qualities, this dance is FOR YOU!

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At a swing dance party you have the choice of how you want to spend your time, how you want to connect with people. You can sit down with somebody and have a deep conversation about your favourite topic, or if you’re not the chatty type you can skip all of that and just invite people to dance.


What is Swing dancing?

What makes this dance so unique is that it takes the best of two worlds: the technique and structure of classic couples’ dancing combined with the freedom of self-expression that you can have when dancing alone!
You can dance in a soft comfortable way enjoying the fluidity and creativity you experience with your partner. Or, you can dance it hard and sporty. How do you feel today? With us you learn the techniques that allow you to choose exactly how you’d like to dance.
Click here to read more about the dance.


Not sure yet?

Try it right now for FREE from home without anyone watching!

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We have created two beginners’ swing dance instructional videos; they teach you some of the basic steps, movements and concepts that we teach in our beginner classes. You can get instant access to all this material if you log into our membership area. Again, this is all for free!

The benefits are that you can:

  • see right now if you like what and how we teach.
  • try a bit for yourself so that when you come to class you feel more confident
  • you can get something out of the videos with or without a partner

This is how it works:

Login at My SwingStep and you can access the Free DVDs in the Goodies Section.


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: heidelberg@swingstep.com or call us: +49 (0) 162 – 427 122 4*

* 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.