Learn Lindy Hop – from beginner to top level

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 in 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


One Price – No Risk

With us you don’t need to spend your energy on price calculations: With an easy pricing model and Money-back-Guarantee you can fully concentrate on having a good time learning swing dancing!

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Pay-it-Forward Fund

We want as many people as possible to meet and dance together. That’s why we decided to create a fund that grants financial support to people who might have difficulties paying for their classes. For more information, please click here to read all about our Pay-it-Forward Fund

Let’s partner dance again!


We’re so pleased that we can offer partnered courses again! We will not be changing partners in class yet, please register with a fixed partner.

Course Format: 3 or 6 weeks

Our usual courses are designed for you to book and join for 6 weeks in a row. Because of the Corona situation we’ve decided to offer a little more flexibility.

Every course is split into two, separately bookable, halves of 3 weeks each.

Of course we recommend that you take both halves, and over 6 weeks then you’ll have completed the full course. But in case that’s not possible for you at the moment, you can also just book one half. It doesn’t matter which – we’ll teach the material so that you can do only the second half and then catch up on your missing first half in a later course round.

If you have any questions please just ask us, we’re happy to help.

How will Partner Dancing Work?

With the new regulations we are allowed to offer “Sport-, Spiel- und Übungssituationen” again. This means that dancing with a partner is allowed even if you do not live in the same household. However, each dancer should keep to a fixed partner as much as possible.

We ask that you please find a fixed partner for all your courses. In case that’s not possible, we’ll allow you to book courses with a maximum of 2 different partners within any 4-week period. For example: Thomas and Felix dance together in course round 1 in Course X on Tuesday, and on Thursday Felix is busy so Thomas dances with Claudia. In the next course round Thomas can sign up with Felix or with Claudia, but not with anyone else. (Ideally Thomas would do all courses only with Felix.)

Course Size and Distance

With the new looser regulations we can allow more people into classes again. Having said that, even though the Sport-Verordnung rules are much more relaxed now, we still want to offer you a learning environment that feels safe for us and for you.

For that reason we’ll keep our 10m² squares on the floor, within which each couple can dance during the partnered courses; this way we can ensure that the 1.5m distance between couples can be easily kept. This means that we allow a maximum of 14 people plus teacher into any course.

For solo courses we will allow a maximum of 7-8 people plus the teacher, so that we can keep a sufficient distance between dancers.

Hygiene Rules

Hygiene regulations of course also apply. People with Covid-19 symptoms, or who have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, are not allowed to attend class. Our hand washing station is there for you when you enter the studio as usual. We’ll keep the windows open during class to ensure air flow.
Please make sure to wear a mask in the hallway and when using the bathroom. You can take it off as soon as you reach your dance area. While dancing you don’t have to wear a mask.

Contact Tracing / Your Responsibility / Regulations

Contact Tracing

We will keep contact information from each participant (name, address or phone number, course time) for 4 weeks, so that in case of an infection the chain of possible further infections can be traced properly. Please only register for a course, if you are willing to give us this information; we’ll contact you about any information as needed.

Your Responsibility

When you sign up and participate in our courses, you do this at your own risk. We’ll do all we can to make it as safe as possible, but of course we cannot make any guarantee. By participating, you acknowledge that you’re aware of the risk and that SwingStep GmbH can’t be held responsible for possible infections.
You also promise that you will follow our hygiene rules, to protect yourself and others.

Regulations

If you’d like to read the regulations from the government ministry, follow this link (text is in german): Verordnung des KM und SM über Sportstätten ab 1. Juli

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 [email protected]  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 [email protected]

Swing 1

Nice and easy

30.10. - 13.11.2020
Friday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes

Price - 48€

Anmeldung nur mit Partner*in

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

Swing 1

Triple Step Fun

20.11. - 04.12.2020
Friday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes

Price - 48€

Anmeldung nur mit Partner*in

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation-
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

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 [email protected] (perhaps taking one private lesson and jumping into Swing 3 with us would be a great fit for you; or 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 thequali 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.

    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 to 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, 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 take both courses in parallel.

  • 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 + Al & Leon Shim Sham

    Tranky Doo and the Al & Leon Shim Sham 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?

    You will learn each routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    What should I know before I join this course?

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

Swing 3

Turns, Tucks (Triple Steps)

06.10. - 20.10.2020
Tuesday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes
with Laura and Caro

Price - 48€

Anmeldung nur mit Partner*in.

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation-
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

Solo Jazz Basics

Flow and Style

08.10. - 22.10.2020
Thursday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes
with Kris

Price - 48€

Voraussetzung: keine

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation..
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

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 of 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 to 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 to 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.

  • 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 + Al & Leon Shim Sham

    Tranky Doo and the Al & Leon Shim Sham 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?

    You will learn each routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    What should I know before I join this course?

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

Swing 5

Tandem & Airplane Charleston

05.10. - 19.10.2020
Monday , 20:35-22:00
3 x 85 minutes
with Laura and Timo

Price - 48€

Anmeldung nur mit Partner*in.

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation-
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

Solo Jazz Basics

Flow and Style

08.10. - 22.10.2020
Thursday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes
with Kris

Price - 48€

Voraussetzung: keine

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation..
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

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.

  • California Routine

    The California Routine is THE performance routine! The most famous partnered routine in the lindy hop world, choreographed by Frankie Manning and danced so amazingly back in the day by the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, this routine is pure energy. You’ll do fast swing outs, classic passes, energetic Charleston and fancied up basics. Ideal to impress both old and new dancers!

    What will I learn in this course?

    In this course it’s about learning a good performance version of the California routine. Orientation, steps, effects – we’ll learn all about it to create an impressive group performance full of dynamics, positive energy and simply a lot of fun!

    What should I know before I join this course?

    You should be able to dance fast swing outs (or willing to train them on your own), and enjoy training fast and focussed on your dancing ;)

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

  • Lindy Lab

    For Bachelors, Masters, and Beyond

    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 will I learn in this course?

    The content varies, here are some example topics:

    • fancy turns and variations
    • advanced review of basic moves and techniques
    • stylings and rhythms

    What should I know before I join this course?

    The course is intended for dancers who have at least 1-2 years of experience (for example if you regularly do SwingStep courses you’re in Bachelor, Master, or Graduate.) You should be a comfortable social dancer before you attempt this course.

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

  • 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 + Al & Leon Shim Sham

    Tranky Doo and the Al & Leon Shim Sham 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?

    You will learn each routine from scratch, but we will also work on technique and styling to help you find your own way of dancing.

    What should I know before I join this course?

    You have at least a little experience with solo jazz (Shim Sham or Solo Jazz Basics). 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!

Sugar Push Clinic

Push-Break, Hover, Turns and Exits

09.10. - 23.10.2020
Friday , 20:35-22:00
3 x 85 minutes
with Laura and Kris

Price - 48€

Voraussetzung: etwas Sugar-Push-Erfahrung

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation-
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

California Routine

Challenging Classic: 2nd Half

09.10. - 23.10.2020
Friday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes
with Laura and Kris/Timo

Price - 48€

Voraussetzung: ein bisschen Fast Swing Out Erfahrung

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation-
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

Solo Jazz Basics

Flow and Style

08.10. - 22.10.2020
Thursday , 18:45-20:10
3 x 85 minutes
with Kris

Price - 48€

Voraussetzung: keine

Language of instruction:
As needed (EN / DE)

SwingStation..
Kurfürsten-Anlage, 58
69115 Heidelberg

Just moved in? You already have Lindy Hop experience and you'd 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 [email protected]; 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 (see calendar). Here you can practice alone, with partner or with a group. Sometimes there are also teachers around. Feel free to talk to them, they can for example show you short exercises that you can 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: ask around on facebook! In Berlin, use the SwingStep students’ group “SwingStep Berlin – Group”. In Heidelberg use the community group “Heidelberg Swingt”.)
  • 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.


Dance more often!

Faster Progress

Want to learn faster? Here is a table where you can quickly see what courses you can take in parallel.

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

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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.

Swing-dance-class

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

Social Dances & Practice Times

socials and practice times are suspended until further notice

Private Classes

Private lessons 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 [email protected]

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 choreography: How about a smashing swing dance routine instead of the usual waltz for your first dance? Example for such a package: our teacher will create a choreography to a song of your choice (if necessary cut and edit the music) and teach you the routine in private classes. The price is based on time and effort involved. A couple who already has some swing dance experience might need 3 private classes to learn the routine, the cost for creating your personal choreography is around 150€. (Note: the choreography remains the intellectual property of the choreographer.)

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 do our classes take place?

  • SwingStation is our main studio, near Heidelberg’s main station!

    Kurfürsten-Anlage 58, 69115 Heidelberg

    The entrance is on the east 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.)

  • Our smaller dance studio is located at: In der Vogelstang 3, 69115 Heidelberg (that’s a little street parallel to Hebelstraße).

    The entrance is in the backyard.

    If you come by public transport:
    Tram 26, Stop: Rudolf-Diesel-Straße
    Bus 33, Stop: Rudolf-Diesel-Straße or Bus 29 Stop: Feuerbachstraße

    If you’re coming by car: please park on the street, not in the backyard.

    Closest point of reference: McDonalds on Hebelstraße.

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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: [email protected] or call us: +49 (0) 30 - 40 36 4 36 36*

* We generally prefer and respond quicker if you contact us via e-mail. If you leave us a message with contact information on our voicemail we are going to call you back as soon as possible, but it might take some days.