Teaching Summit

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All great teachers we’ve met like it nerdy… in fact, the nerdier the better. Whether you are working full-time in your local scene, teach at international camps, teach for your local non-profit association, or hold drop-in classes at a university, as a teacher you are passionate about the dance and share the desire to improve. We have created a 5-day seminar that will give you deep insight in how to run your scene and become a better teacher.

All the facts at one glance

What: Pedagogy, didactics, community building and business skills for dance teachers.
When: Sat, 9 June 2018 – Wed, 13 June 2018 (right before Chase Festival)

  • Ali Taghavi from SwingStep in Germany
  • Kris Blindert from SwingStep in Germany
  • Pieter Aart Schouten from the Netherlands
  • Ron Dobrovinsky from Holy Lindy Land in Israel
  • Kira Emslie – Voice coach from Edinburgh school of music
  • More information coming soon.

Language: English
Where: Heidelberg, Germany
Price: 390 Euro* for 30h of teachers training

You’ll learn how to:

  • Pedagogy – How to break down and explain dance moves and ideas
  • Didactics – How to create a strong teaching program with good exercises
  • Community – How to get more students to your classes and grow your community
  • Business – How to sustain a dance career and even afford employees


Registration opens here on Tuesday January 16. 2018 at 18:00 CET

Detailed program with description

We left the 2017 schedule for you to see how it can look like 😉


Option 1 (at SwingStep)

Option 2 (at Bebop)

11:00 – 13:45How you can turn your knowledge into effective models.
with Ron and Ali
13:45 - 15:15Lunch
15:15 - 16:15Continuing the session with Ron and Ali
16:30- 18:00Voice Coaching:
The physiology of the voice and how to project your voice in class
with Kira


11:00 – 11:50 [11:00 - 11:50] How to sustain a dance career and even afford employees
with Ali
[11:00 - 13:45] Class Creation:
How to build up and contrast moves and concepts, with tools to keep all students engaged, on task, and in flow for the whole class
with Kris
12:00 - 13:45[12:00 - 13:45] Voice Coaching:
Physiology of the voice, part 2
with Kira
(Class Creation, cont'd)
13:45 - 15:15Lunch
15:15- 18:00Adaptive Teaching:
Holy moly, we need to change plans! How to instantly assess what your students need and know what to change
with Pieter Aart


11:00 – 13:45 Effective Practice:
What differentiates practice from learning, what makes practice effective, practice methods for swing dancers that bring better results
with Ron
Introduction of the Korean Swing Dance Scene:
Learn about its history and influence on other Asian countries
with Adamas
13:45 - 15:15Lunch
15:15- 18:00Kinesiology & Training Principles: Understanding of how our body creates movement, designing more effective & healthier classes, avoiding overloading the body and preventing injuries
with Ron


11:00 – 13:45 Acting with Authenticity:
Creating moods and energies that get your students into their best flow
with Kris
Active Listening Skills for Dance Teachers
with Pieter Aart
13:45 - 15:15Lunch
15:15- 18:00From Class to Course:
Work session on syllabus design
with Pieter Aart and Kris
Understanding of Korean Swing Dance System:
Learning about the Swing Bar and Clubs, their big events and various groups
with Adamas


11:00 – 13:45 Active Communication:
Speak so they'll understand exactly what you mean
with Pieter Aart
Swing Business:
Business extension and internal stability
(followed by a Q&A and discussion session)
with Adamas
13:45 - 15:15Lunch
15:15- 17:00Putting it All Together: How do all the teaching tools from this week fit together? When to apply what and in what way? We'll draw from our experiences in class and help you to reflect on how to implement what you've learned throughout the week
with Pieter Aart and Ali
17:15- 18:00Finalizing the Week
with Ali

* All class times include breaks
* It is possible that the schedule changes until the event

NOTE: This is the 2017 schedule!!

Evening socials and hangouts

more info coming soon.

ADD-ON: Weekend dance workshop

We have Chase Festival 2018 right after this camp so that you can enjoy this amazing festival  AND satisfy your craving for more dancing. Click here for more information.


As a teacher you have the power to create the dance scene you love. Sign up for Teaching Summit and get ready to make an impact on your Lindy Hop world.


Hast du Fragen? Dann schreib eine E-Mail: dance@swingstep.com oder ruf uns an: +49 (0) 162 – 427 122 4*

* Du erreichst uns am besten Montag, Dienstag, Donnerstag oder Freitag von 12 - 14 Uhr. Falls nicht, melden wir uns innerhalb eines Tages.