Summer in Berlin

Experience 5 weeks of Lindy hoppin’ in Berlin with classes everyday and the opportunity to social dance almost every night for the same cost as a workshop weekend!

What you get:

  • Between 1-2 hours of Swing dance classes: 6 days a week for 5 weeks straight!
  • Find the right level for you: beginner/intermediate, intermediate or advanced
  • Classes with the SwingStep team
  • Classes with guest teachers
  • Participant driven classes in special topics such as Jazz dance, Tap, Functional Fitness etc.
  • Saturday´s Workshop with different topics with guest teachers
  • Organized activities around the city once a week
  • Stay 5 weeks in the historic, hip and cheap city of Berlin to explore its culture and friendly Lindy Hop community.  

Why Berlin?

  • It’s not too hot for dancing in the summer, but still very nice
  • You can go anywhere by bike
  • You can find relatively cheap accommodation and food in Berlin during the summer or share a place with other Lindy Hoppers

 

The perfect summer vacation for all of you who love to spend your summer exploring culture and dance!

When: July 9th to August 12th 2018
Where: SwingStep – (Theater 28) Prinzenallee 33, 13359 Berlin
Levels: 3 levels – Beginner/Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced
Teachers:
SwingStep Teachers: Aljoscha, Ananda, Annegret, Birgit, Jean, Maite, Maria, Maxi, Oli, Slava, Tabea
Special Guests: Micky Dee, Maria Voigt, Florian Klein, Tap Kat, Marmalade Swing Band (Daniel, Sofiane, Malte), Shannon Leypoldt, Lucy Fisher
Language: English is the official language of our classes during this period. However, sometimes we might translate to German.

Price: 175 Euro
To make sure you get the best experience in class, we are moving away from a complete drop-in system. Instead, in the 2018 edition (previously known as Summer Uni program), you sign up to a level. Then you can participate in as many of the classes within the level you signed up for.

We will sell a limited number of tickets per level.

Class formats:

During these 5 weeks we will offer you the following class formations:

  • Social dance lessons for only participants from your level
  • Social dance lessons combining participants from different levels
  • Culture related sessions e.g., history and musicality sessions.
  • Solo classes
  • Social dance classes as well as classic routines
  • Practice sessions
  • Guest teacher Lindy Hop classes
  • Guest teacher non-swing dance classes

Main body of classes will happen in the evenings between 18:15 – 22:30

Well, it’s 5 weeks of program, you’ll get a s*** load of classes to improve your Lindy hoppin’!

 

Can’t stay for the full 5 weeks?

Because of the concept, student unity and administration work, we want to first give priority to participants who will sign up for the full 5 week program. However, if there are places left, we will allow 1 week packages from May 8th onward.

Price breakdown:

5 week program: 175 Euro for 40 hours of classes = 4,40 Euro/hour
1 week program: 60 Euro for 8 hours of classes = 7,5 Euro/hour

Registration opening times:
Registration is open, click here to register now

Class Dates:

5 week program: July 9th to August 12th 2018
1 week program: Any week between July 9th to August 12th 2018

Level Descriptions

1-Beginner/Intermediate: You are taking a weekly class and go social dancing occasionally. You should already know the basic side-by-side movements in Lindy Hop and Charleston, transition into open position and a few of the classic passes or moves. (Swingstep: You have done Swing 2 – 3 untill summer)

2-Intermediate: You are taking classes weekly and you go social dancing regularly. You know the basics of how to communicate steps versus triple steps and you are able to combine them freely into basic, well-known figures such as the sling-shot, tuck turns, circles, and swingouts. You should be able to both dance to faster songs in Charleston feeling and to medium-tempo songs in Lindy hop feeling. (Swingstep: You have done Swing 4 – Bachelor untill summer)

3-Advanced: You should be able to comfortably lead/follow swingouts to higher tempos – and switch between Lindy and Charleston with ease. Also, leading and following the free combination of steps, triples steps, kicks, ball-changes etc. is in your repertoire. You’ve been working on more fancy variations, including different types of turns and spins and you know how to use your arms to both match your movements and add some style to your look. (Swingstep: You have done some rounds of Swing Bachelor and up to Swing Master)

Party

 

In Berlin, you can social dance almost every evening. Please note that only the parties at our own studio, SwingStep, are included in the price, except for the parties with live music. Parties outside SwingStep might charge entrance and are not included in the “Summer in Berlin” workshop offer.

What Berlin offered in 2017
(we will update with 2018 information closer to the summer period):  

Monday:  SwingStep Monday Social at Marie-Antoinette, Holzmarktstr. 15-18, behind the big BVG building

Tuesday: Blaue Stunde

Wednesday: Pampa Swing, Clärchens Ballhaus

Thursday: Villa Neukölln

Friday:  Strandbar

Saturday: SwingStep Swing Out Saturday (bi weekly)

Sunday: Swing @ Weißensee, Crack Bellmer Balboa & fast Lindy Hop or Charleston, etc.

 

How to get to the class venue

Details TBA

SwingStep
Prinzenallee 33
13359 Berlin

phone: 0162 – 427 122 4
email: berlin@swingstep.com

Main studio in Wedding

Monday: Courses & Social Dance

Places to stay in Berlin

Locals reccomend to stay in these neighboushoods

  • Wollanskstraße (Pankow)
  • Bornholmerstraße, Prenzlauer Berg
  • Rosenthaler Platz
  • Weinmeister Straße
  • Moritzplatz
  • Osloerstraße
  • Voltastraße
  • Bernauerstraße
  • Kottbusser Tor

 

Guarantee and The way you'll learn

The Way You’ll Learn

Dancing is NOT easy! However, we have broken down Lindy Hop into its simplest building blocks. This is what we call the “SwingStep-by-Step” system. Now, it’s easier than ever to learn how to dance with anyone you want, to any tempo of music, through our step-by-step process. The special benefit of this SwingStep workshop is that all the teachers are working with the SwingStep blueprint. No more contradictory explanations. No more unclear “just do it” instructions. The concepts you’ll learn at this workshop have been tested all around Europe – and they work! In fact, we are so confident in what you are about to sign up for, that we removed all your risk by having a 100% money back guarantee. If you do not feel that you received the value you expected for your money, we’ll give you your money back!

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