"May" Session starts April 29 & First Friday is May 3

"May" Session starts April 29 & First Friday is May 3

Group Class Descriptions

Lindy Hop is the granddaddy of all the swing dances. It incorporates 6-count figures (commonly know as swing), 8-count figures (commonly referred to as Lindy Hop), partnered Charleston, air steps, and vernacular solo movement all woven together spontaneously to jazz music.

This fabulous mix can be a little intimidating at first, so we break down our classes into sub topics to help you focus on each of the elements of Lindy Hop. We even have classes to help you combine the elements seamlessly.

If you are new to dancing, join us in Swing I. We’ll guide you through the curriculum the rest of the way.

Swing I

This class is for the true beginner. We introduce the concepts of leading and following as well as the basic rhythm and turns of 6-Count Swing. We present the material at a moderate pace – quick enough to keep it movin’ but slow enough to allow plenty of practice time. If you’ve never taken a dance class before, this is a great place to start.

Pre-Requisites: No experience or partner required.

Swing II A - Tuck Turns

This class teaches triple steps and several new turning variations for both leads and follows. These eye-catching turns will ramp up your 6-count swing repertoire. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing II B – Cross Hands

This class really opens up your swing vocabulary using different hand connections and longer 6-count patterns to add variety to your dancing. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing II C – Ins and Outs

This class focuses on creating smooth and eye-catching transitions between open and closed position. In addition, you’ll add triple steps to your 6-count swing repertoire. Swing II A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I

Swing III A – Tuck Turns & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Swing III B – Cross Hands & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Swing III C – Ins and Outs & Way Way More

Pump up your six count swing dancing with these new figures that will get you traveling, turning and sliding across the floor. Swing III A, B & C each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C

Solo Jazz/Charleston I

Solo movement is a fantastic way to work on your body control, styling, and fluidity. In this class, you'll learn the classic vernacular jazz steps that make up swing line dances, like "The Shim Sham" and add style to your Swing and Lindy partnered movement as well.

Pre-Requisites: None

Solo Jazz/Charleston II

In this class, you'll learn the next level of solo vernacular jazz movements that add syncopation and full body expression to your dancing. If you've got the moves of the shim sham in you back pocket, take your solo game up a level!

Pre-Requisites: Solo Jazz/Charleston I

Solo Jazz: The Shim Sham

Never sit on the sidelines or fumble through the Shim Sham again. Come out and learn the sequence of jazz steps that make up this classic swingin' line dance. It's a wonderful way to learn how to move your own body, while sharing in the fun with your fellow dancers.

All levels are welcome for this non-partnered class.

Pre-Requisites:

Lindy I – Beginning Lindy Hop

Building on the rhythms and skills of Swing I and II, Lindy I will add numerous 8-Count patterns, including the most prominent steps of the Lindy Hop: the Swing Out, Circle and Skip Ups.

Pre-Requisites: Swing I, And 1 Full 4-week Session of Swing II (A, B or C)

Lindy 1.5 – Continuing Lindy Hop

This class introduces even more 8-count patterns, including side by side Charleston (that kicky-thing that looks like so much fun), and builds confidence in your swing out, circle and double turns. There will be lots of new patterns and helpful technique tips to make your dancing feel yummy to you and your partner.

Pre-Requisites: Lindy I, Swing II

Lindy II – Super Fun Variations

In each of our Lindy II classes, you’ll learn numerous Swing Out variations and the skills to create your own. Each session will also add unique 8-count turning patterns, swivels, traveling steps and eye-catching endings. But wait, there’s more! You’ll also learn how to seamlessly re-incorporate your 6-Count patterns to create a dynamic, musical dance with your partner. Lindy II A, B, C & D each present different material and sessions can be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: Swing II A, B and C and Lindy I and 1.5

Lindy III A – Side by Side Charleston Variations

This class focuses Side-by-Side, KickAway, and Chase Charleston patterns. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy III B – Tandem Charleston Variations

This class focuses on Tandem (or shadow) Charleston. It’s the “kicky-thing” that everyone is so excited to learn and dance. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy III C – Partnered 20’s Charleston

In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of partnered 20’s Charleston. This will give you a go-to repertoire for faster tempos and 20’s era jazz tunes. This class may be taken concurrently with Lindy II. Lindy III A, B, and C may be taken in any order.

Pre-Requisites: At least one session of Lindy II

Lindy IV - Figures & Combos

Join us each week for a laser-focused look at an Int/Adv figure or combination.

(This class is non-progressive, so drop-ins are welcome if lead/follow balance allows. Email dance@bigcityswing.com with your drop in request.)

Pre-Requisites: Lindy II & Lindy III or Instructor Approval

Lindy IV - Concepts

Join us each week for a laser-focused look at an Int/Adv concept. It will be a deep dive into technique, vocabulary, and more to help create the well rounded Lindy Hopper.

(This class is non-progressive, so drop-ins are welcome if lead/follow balance allows. Email dance@bigcityswing.com with your drop in request.)


Pre-Requisites: Lindy II and III or Instructor Approval

Teacher Training Workshop - Teaching Fundamentals for Pre-Event Lessons (2 Week Course)

This course is designed for experienced social dancers who are excited to help spread the joy of Swing dancing through teaching. This course will focus on delivering a series of fantastic pre-event, 6-count swing lessons.

Julee, the founder of BCS, will teach you her time-tested (and time-improved) delivery methods regarding rhythm, posture, pulse, connection, and leading and following. She'll apply those to the fundamentals to the 6-count figures that can be combined and recombined to create a series of informative, concise, and entertaining lessons.

These are of course the same fundamentals used in teaching progressive classes, we're just narrowing our focus.

The course will meet in 2 consecutive sessions.
Wednesday, May 15 from 7-9:30pm
Wednesday, May 22 from 7-9:30pm

The cost per person is $120 - 160 per person, depending on the number of participants.
The minimum enrollment required is 4 and maximum is 8.

Pre-Requisites:

Jam Circle Shines #1

Learn phrases of choreography to add to your social dancing or shine in jam circles. The figures will be all be socially lead-able and great for faster music. The shines will all have entrances and exits to the circle. We're going to have a blast learning and practicing together!

Pre-Requisites: Lindy IIs and IIIs or instructor approval

Jam Circle Shines #2

Learn (different) phrases of choreography to add to your social dancing or shine in jam circles. The figures will be all be socially leadable and great for faster music. The shines will all have entrances and exits to the circle. We're going to have a blast learning and practicing together!

Pre-Requisites:

Air Steps I

This class is for seasoned social Lindy Hoppers who are comfortable dancing in to and out of the frog jump. We'll continue with the throw out and basket.

Please note: Please take into consideration your physical preparedness for the workshop. Gym shoes and long sleeves required.

Pre-Requisites:

Air Steps II

This class is for the seasoned social dancer who can dance in to and out of the frog jump very comfortably. We'll be covering the A-frame and some around the back moments. (No one is going upside down :)

Please note: Please take into consideration your physical preparedness for the workshop. Gym shoes and long sleeves required.

Pre-Requisites:

"The California" Routine - Part 1

Created in the middle of 1941, the "California Routine" is the most recognizable and recreated Lindy Hop routines. Created for the movie Hellzapoppin’, the routine featured four couples, all members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and begins as the last of their solos end. This will be adapted to safe speeds and air steps.

The next time someone calls "CALIFORNIA", you'll be able to jump in!

Pre-req: Mixing 6s and 8s and comfortably, swinging out and tandem charleston at 150bpm, Air Steps I and II.

Pre-Requisites:

"The Calfornia" Routine - Part 2

Created in the middle of 1941, the "California Routine" is the most recognizable and recreated Lindy Hop routines. Created for the movie Hellzapoppin’, the routine featured four couples, all members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and begins as the last of their solos end. This will be adapted to safe speeds and air steps.

The next time someone calls "CALIFORNIA", you'll be able to jump in!

Pre-req: "The California - Part 1"

Pre-Requisites:

Group Classes

Class meet once per week for 4-weeks. Our schedule is designed to take back-to-back classes when able.

Current Schedule

Pricing & Registration

One 4-week class is $67 per person, $62 with early registration discount.

Two 4-week classes in the same month is $110.

Three 4-week classes in the same month is $140.

Enroll via our Student Portal

After that first class, I got sucked in and now I take at least two or three of their classes each month. I’ve worked with almost all of their teachers, Luke, Julee (the owner), Audra, Jon, John, Melissa and Jenna and every single one of them is fun, accommodating and knowledgable. Seriously, they taught me how to actually dance. Ask anybody I know; that was an impossible task.

Andrew M., Mar 2015 via Yelp
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