The dances we teach
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- Beginner friendly
The dance we call "Lindy Hop" originated in the late 1920s and evolved from Afro-American dance, Charleston, Tap and Breakaway. As jazz music evolved into this energetic, swung groove, the dancers of the time answered the call by creating a dance with just as much energy. Lindy Hop was born in the ballrooms of Harlem, like The Savoy and The Cotton Club, where people danced until their feet couldn’t take any more! The revival of Lindy Hop started in the 1980s when one of the original Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, helped to rekindle the love of the dance, and now Lindy Hop can be found in major cities all over the world from New York to Vancouver, Tokyo to Sydney, Istanbul to Berlin, and now: Rotterdam!
1930s Partner Charleston is an important part of modern Lindy Hop dancing and is frequently seen as part of Lindy Hop. During our Lindy Hop lessons you will learn the basics of Partner Charleston and be able to dance it - especially when the music gets faster.
Authentic Solo Jazz
- Without rhythm, it’s nothing!
Authentic Solo Jazz has its roots in the Afro American jazz dances of the early 1900s. The Suzie–Q, Shorty George, Tackie Annie, Fall Off the Log, Fish Tails, are just a few of the traditional solo jazz steps. Nowadays, not a single Lindy Hopper can avoid learning the figures of solo jazz as their dance skills grow. You might already be familiar with the solo jazz routines such as the Shim Sham, the Tranky Doo or the Big Apple. During solo jazz courses you will learn a range of steps that you can use to spice up your Lindy Hop, and more importantly, learning to dance solo will improve your balance, help you to improvize and become a more musical dancer.
- Close embrace
- Subtle communication
Balboa is a form of swing dance that started on the Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach, California) as early as 1912 and gained popularity in the '30s and '40s. Dance floors filled up with dancers when famous big bands, from Benny Goodman to Artie Shaw, came to play at the Balboa Pavilion and the Rendezvous Ballroom. The close embrace that makes this swing dance so unique is said to be the result of the crowded dance floors at the time. The art of Balboa is the subtle communication between the two partners. Especially in the so-called "pure balboa" (where partners do not break away from close embrace), this subtle communication results in a rhythmic play that unites both partners, yet remains a mystery to most viewers. Balboa can be danced to slow and fast music (up to 300 bpm), which makes it a versatile, energetic and fun dance – a dance essential to your swing vocabulary.
- Close embrace
- Swinging flow
Let your feet be swept away on slow jazz songs. Slowbal comes from Balboa, a form of swing dance that started on the Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach, California) as early as 1912 and gained popularity in the '30s and '40s. The close embrace that makes this swing dance so unique is said to be the result of the crowded dance floors at the time. Slowbal is danced on slower jazz songs, creating a lovely flow of movement. A mini-course in slowbal in scheduled in December, registration is now open!