Summer in Berlin

Experience 6 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 6 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.
  • Organized activities around the city once a week
  • Stay 6 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 10th to August 18th 2017
Where: SwingStep – Jeder ist Tanzbar, Rudolfstraße 1, 10245 Berlin
Levels: 3 levels – Beginner/Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced
Teachers:
SwingStep Teachers: Ali, Anna, Areski, Jean, Katja, Kris, Oli, Slava
Special Guests: Leon, Selena, Jule, Marie, Pieter Aart, Ron
… and more TBA
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 2017 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 6 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 6 weeks of program, you’ll get a s*** load of classes to improve your Lindy hoppin’!

 

Can’t stay for the full 6 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 6 week program. However, if there are places left, we will allow 3 week packages from May 2nd onward, and even 1 week packages from July 4th onwards.

Price breakdown:

6 week program: 175 Euro for 50 hours of classes = 3,5 Euro/hour
3 week program: 130 Euro for 25 hours of classes = 5,2 Euro/hour
1 week program: 60 Euro for 8 hours of classes = 7,5 Euro/hour

Registration opening times:

6 week program: Registration is open, just scroll down 🙂
3 week program: Registration opens on Tuesday May 2nd 2017 2017 at 17:00 CET
1 week program: Registration opens on Tuesday July 4th 2017 at 17:00 CET

Class Dates:

6 week program: July 10th to August 18th 2017
3 week program part 1: July 10th to July 30th 2017
3 week program part 2: July 31st to August 18th 2017
1 week program: Any week between July 10th to August 18th 2017 (note that the last week only goes to Friday August 18th 2017).

Schedule


Note: This is a preliminary schedule to give you an idea about what’s on the menu. Information to specific topics are coming soon. Changes might happen; TBA = to be announced

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 – 6 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 1 round 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 offeres in 2017 
(we will update with 2017 information closer to the summer period):  

Monday:  SwingStep Monday Social

Tuesday: Blaue Stunde

Wednesday: Pampa Swing, Clärchens Ballhaus

Thursday: Villa Neukölln

Friday:  Strandbar

Saturday: Swing Out Saturday (bi weekly)

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

How to get to the class venue

SwingStep has its own dedicated studio in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, with a wonderful wood floor that’s great for dancing. The studio is conveniently located right by Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station.  Although we don’t have our own dedicated parking lot, there’s easy access to plenty of street parking. Our studio also has a lovely bar where you can get drinks to quench your thirst from dancing, and right outside we have a few tables and chairs for you to enjoy a little fresh air between dances.

SwingStep
Rudolfstraße 1
10245 Berlin

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

The studio is located in the backyard, next to the back entrance of LIDL. This is right behind the U-Warschauer Str., across the Matrix nightclub.

Click here to see a map: http://swingstep.com/berlin/anfahrt/

Places to stay in Berlin

Happy Bed Hostel
€ Hallesches Ufer 30, 10963 Berlin
Website: http://www.happybed.de/en/
10% discount, code: SIB2017

We have made a special arrangement with the Happy Bed Hostel: You get 10% discount on their current room prices. Simply put “SIB2017” into the remark field. The hostel is close to U-Hallesches Tor. All the venues are quickly reachable via public transport (except the Sunday evening that is a bit more north) and they also rent bikes for 12€ / day.

Plus Hotel
€€ Warschauer Platz 6 D,10245 Berlin
https://www.plushostels.com/en/plusberlin

Industrie Palast Hostel
€€ Warschauer Straße 43, Berlin 10243
http://ip-hostel.com/en/

Eastern Comfort – The swimming hostel
€ Mühlenstraße 73, 10243 Berlin
https://www.eastern-comfort.com/en/home/

Sunflower Hostel
€ Helsingforser Str. 17, 10243 Berlin
http://www.sunflower-hostel.de/en/home.html

Art Hostel Berlin
Marchlewskistraße 88, 10243 Berlin
http://kiezhostel.berlin/

Hostel X-Berger
€ Schlesische Straße 22, 10997 Berlin
http://www.hostelxberger.com/en/willkommen-in-berlin/

baxpax Hostel  
€ Schlesische Straße 18, 10997 Berlin
http://baxpax.de/en/kreuzberg/

Riverside Lodge
Hobrechtstraße 43, 12047 Berlin
http://accommodations.riverside-lodge.de/rooms.html

Rock´n Roll Herberge
€-€€ Muskauer Straße 11, 10997 Berlin
http://www.rnrherberge.de/index.php?id=1&L=11

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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