Swing Dance Classes

 

Join us and learn fun swing dances such as Lindy Hop and Charleston!

We have classes for both beginners and more experienced dancers – no partner needed!

 

 

Registration
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In July we will have a Summer Round with:
– 4-week Beginners Course 
– 4 summer workshops for non-beginners 

 

Registration is open!

 

  

Next full round of classes with all levels will start in August

(registration will open in the beginning of July)

Sign up for our Newsletter to get a reminder about registration opening. 

 

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New to Lindy Hop?

Choose one of our Beginners Courses called Swing 1:
•  Swing 1 Tuesday
•  Swing 1 Wednesday 
•  Swing 1 Thursday

See more in Class Schedule.

 

 

Info about classes

• Price for 1 round of classes:
   650 kr (regular), 500 kr (student) 

• Each round of classes lasts 7 weeks

• Location: Ørnevej 33, København NV

• We open registration for classes every 2nd month

 

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Intro Class

If you want to get a taste of swing dance before you sign up for classes, you can join one of our Friday Parties with an intro class at 19.00:

• June 2nd
• June 16th

Read more here.

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Courses in Round 3

(May 8th – June 22nd)

 

Missing the week schedule?
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Swing 1

Description
Swing 1 is a course for complete beginners. So if you have never danced before, or you have tried some other dances, but not swing, this class is for you. 

The class material is build according to the way swing dance has evolved back at the beginning of the 20th century. In the Swing 1 course we will focus on the first two types of footwork that emerged in the 1910s and 1920s: groove walks and 20s Charleston. We will teach you some basic 6-count moves, as well as 20s Charleston variations. Then we will move towards 1930s, when swing dancers started using triple steps. 

We will also introduce you to the concept of leading and following in a dance, and what it means to “go social dancing”.

Level Guidance
You don’t need any prior dance experience to join this class. 

Class material demo
Watch this video to see what moves you will learn in Swing 1 course:

 

Swing 2

Description
Swing 2 is a continuation from the Swing 1 course. We will keep on working on the basic moves and techniques, and we will introduce a new type of footwork: the 8 count. The main focus of this course will be on learning the famous Swingout. We will also teach you how to switch between 6-count and 8-count moves, and how to integrate them into your dancing.  You will also learn the 30s Charleston (the “evolved” version of 20s Charleston, with kicks)

Level guidance
You need to complete the Swing 1 course to be able to join this class. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 2 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Newcomers in SwingShoes, or completed Level 2 in Hepcats)

Class material demo
Watch this video to see what moves you will learn in Swing 2 course:

Swing 3

Description
Swing 3 is a continuation from the Swing 2 course. We will add more 8 count moves (e.g. Outside Turn, Texas Tommy), and styling variations (e.g. Swivels). We will teach you how to do the 6-count moves, which you have previously learned, with the more fast-paced and energetic kick steps. You will also be introduced to Tandem Charleston and its basic variations.

Level guidance
You need to complete the Swing 2 course to be able to join this class. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 4 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Beginners A in SwingShoes, or completed Level 3 in Hepcats)

Class material demo
Watch this video to see what moves you will learn in Swing 3 course:

 

Swing 4

Description
Swing 4 is a continuation from the Swing 3 course. From this level and up, the class material becomes more open and is adjusted to the needs of the class participants. The main points of focus will be spins and  turns, frame exercises and footwork variations.

Level guidance
You need to complete the Swing 3 course to be able to join this class. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 6 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Beginners B in SwingShoes, or completed Level 3 in Hepcats)

Swing 5

Description
Swing 5 is a continuation from the Swing 4 course. The class material doesn’t follow a fixed curriculum, instead it is adjusted to the needs of the class participants. The main points of focus will be connection exercises,  musicality and adding solo jazz variations to your partner dancing.

Level guidance
You need to complete the Swing 4 course to be able to join this class. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 8 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Beginners Intermediate A in SwingShoes, or at least one round on Level 4 in Hepcats)

Theme Track: Lindy Classics

Description
Each round there will be a different theme on this level. The theme for Round 3 in 2017 will be: Lindy Classics. In this course you will learn the most classic and iconic Lindy Hop moves, such as: The Mini Dip, The Chase, Hacksaw, The Frankie Points etc. All of these moves can be found in old movies from the 1930s and 1940s featuring Lindy Hop, e.g. Helzapoppin, A day at The Races and Keep Punching.

Level guidance
You don’t have to audition for this class, but you need to complete the Swing 5 course to be able to join. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 10 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Beginners Intermediate B in SwingShoes, or at least two rounds on Level 4 in Hepcats)

 

Intense Track

Description
The Intense Track is our nerdy track, with fewer moves and more technique. Participants will be asked to work on material between classes (homework). At least once during each round we have a Personal Feedback class, where the students are asked to film each other and give each other feedback on a given technique. 

The content of this course is partly shaped by the students. At the beginning of each round we ask the students what techniques and moves they would like to work on, and we incorporate their wishes into the course material.   

Level guidance
You need to complete at least Swing 5 course to be able to join this class.  We recommend taking one round of Theme Track before trying to get into the Intense Track. 
If you come from another school, you need to have at least 12 months of swing dance experience to be able to go to the audition. (e.g. completed level Intermediate in SwingShoes, or at least one round on Level 5 in Hepcats).

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Audition
To ensure a high level, all participants will have to do a short audition to be accepted. The auditions will take place on:

– Wednesday the 19th of April at 20.30

– Wednesday the 3rd of May at 20.30

How will it work? 
Each person wanting to audition will take turns dancing with a teacher and will afterwards be told if they fit into the intense track. The audition will be short, about 5 min per person, and will take place in a separate room from the open social dance, which will be taking place in the main dance hall. 

Is it necessary to register for the audition? 
No. You just show up. Solo followers might want to register for the class even before the audition, since there is no promise of a spot in the class, even if you get a Yes in the audition. If you register and pay, but are later turned down at the audition, you will of course receive a full refund, or you can choose to transfer your money to another course. 

I took part in the audition last round. Do I need to audition again? 
No. Once you have passed the audition to the Intense Track, you don’t have to audition again. 

Show Team

Description
The Show Team will be a fast paced and fun course on how to put together a show. We will begin by learning the most classic choreography of them all: The California Routine. We will then build on this routine with the aim of putting together a whole show and perform it for an audience. The participants will be able to choreograph parts of the routine themselves, which will challenge their creativity and musicality. 

Level Guidance
You don’t have to audition for this class, but you need to complete the Swing 5 course to be able to join. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 10 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. (e.g. completed level Beginners Intermediate B in SwingShoes, or at least two rounds on Level 4 in Hepcats).

Solo Jazz 1

Description
Solo Jazz 1 is a solo dance class, where we will look into the basic Authentic Jazz and Charleston moves. You will learn moves such as Suzy Q, Shorty George, Boogie Back, Boogie Forward, Fall of the Log, Tacky Annie, Cow Tail, Bees Knees, Itches etc., and you will learn how to mix them together into short solo routines. 

Level Guidance
You don’t need any prior dance experience to join this class. But if you have danced swing or another dance before, then that’s of course an advantage.

Demo video
Watch this video to see some of the most common Solo Jazz moves:

Solo Jazz 2

Description
Solo Jazz 2 is a solo dance class, for those who have already taken at least one solo jazz class before. This course focuses on exploring more complicated Authentic Jazz and Charleston moves, and how to put them into solo routines. It also includes a set of exercises on how to improvise while dancing solo and how to create a new move out of other moves you already know. 

Level Guidance
You need to complete the Solo Jazz 1 course two times to able to join this class. You know the basic Solo Jazz routines e.g. Shim Sham or Jitterbug Stroll. If you come from another school, you need to have at least 4 months of solo jazz experience. 

Demo video
Watch this video to see some of the most common Solo Jazz moves:

Collegiate Shag 1

Description

It’s funny, it’s goofy and we are damn sure, you’ll love it!

In this class you will learn the basics of Collegiate Shag – a partner dance that originated in the 1930’s and has a history similar to other jazz and swing era dances. The dance is known for its hopping basic step and high energy footwork to up-tempo swing and pre-swing jazz music (185-220+ beats per minute).

In Shag 1 we focus on two types of basics. First is the face-to-face basic in both closed and open connection. Next we also work on our side-by-side basic both on the spot and with travelling patterns. Within those basics we will teach you different turns and spins in a way so you are a ready for a social dancefloor already after this first round.

Level Guidance
You don’t need any prior dance experience to join this class. But if you have danced swing or another dance before, then that’s of course an advantage.

Demo video
Shag is on the rise all over Europe since the craze got a boost with this performance by Stephen and Chanzie at Rock That Swing Festival 2013:

Collegiate Shag 2

Description
Guess what? Now it gets even more funny, more goofy and we are still damn sure, you’ll love it! 

Shag 2 is a continuation from the Shag 1 course and we are ready to explore more of what this dance can bring us. We will keep working on the basic moves and techniques and we will introduce new types of footwork as well: double kick basic and “breaks” to hit those special moments in the music. At the end of this course you’ll be able to enter a social dance floor with cool moves like kickaways, shag-outs (Collegiate Shag’s interpretation of  swing outs) and Shag Sailor step. 

Level Guidance
You need to complete Collegiate Shag 1 course to be able to join this class. If you have danced Shag in another school before, you need to have at least 2 months of experience to be able to join this class. 

Demo video

See this great group showcase by Warsaw Shag Team:

 

Practical Info

Price: 650 kr (regular), 500 kr (student) for 7 classes

Location: Happy Feet Studio, Ørnevej 33, København NV

Duration: 7 weeks of classes
(1 class per week, each class 1h15min long)

 

Intense Track Auditions

If you are new to the Intense Track, you need to audition first to be able to join the class.

The auditions will take place on:

– Wednesday the 19th of April at 20.30

– Wednesday the 3rd of May at 20.30

Read more about the auditions in the level description for the Intense Track

Level Structure
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• We recommend taking each level once before progressing to another level. If you missed some classes or you need more repetition, you can always take the same level again.

• If you have had a break in taking classes for 2 rounds or more (i.e. 4 months or more), you must repeat the level you have been on before the break, to ensure that you can follow the classes.

• On lower levels (Swing 1 – Swing 3) there are several courses to choose between, on different weekdays. Choose the one that fits your schedule best.

• If you take Solo Jazz classes, you will need to take 2 rounds of Solo Jazz 1 before progressing to Solo Jazz 2.

 

Practice Music
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We have collected some of our favorite swing songs, which are good for practicing new moves, and put them together in a Spotify playlist. The songs are ordered from slow to fast tempo.
You can access the playlist by clicking on the picture below.

 

Social Dance
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In Copenhagen it is possible to dance socially almost every evening, and in most cases the entrance is free! See a list of dance opportunities the Copenhagen scene has to offer, by clicking the picture below.

 

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SIGN UP FOR MULTIPLE CLASSES

If you sign up for multiple courses in one round, you get a 20% discount on all registrations after the first one!

 

INVITE A FRIEND

If you have invited a friend to join a Swing 1 class this round, you get a 20% discount on your own registration to a non-beginners course in the same round!

 

GIFT CARD

Looking for the perfect gift? We have beautiful Gift Cards for weekly classes at Happy Feet Studio.
Read more about our Gift Cards here.

 

FAQ

 

Is it required to take a Beginners Workshop first?
No, you don’t have to take a beginners workshop before signing up to our weekly classes. This way you can start your swing dance adventure right away by signing up for our Swing 1 class. 
Do I need a dance partner?
No, you don’t. Lindy Hop is a social dance, where we dance with different partners  – that’s also what makes it so much fun! In class we rotate partners, so that everyone has a chance to meet each other and dance a lot.

A little tip though: since this is a partner dance we need to balance the number of leaders and followers ( traditionally leaders are men and followers women. However, in these modern times we welcome anyone to pick whichever role they prefer). We typically have many more followers than leads, so if you choose to be a follower we recommend that you sign-up with a partner to avoid the waiting list. 

Do you offer single classes/tryout classes?
Unfortunately, we don’t offer sign ups for single classes. We need to make sure that our classes are well balanced, so that there is an equal or almost equal amount of followers and leaders (where leaders are usually men and followers are women). Therefore we cannot accept solo followers or leaders for single classes, because that would disrupt our leader-follower balance.

However, we offer intro classes to swing dance during our Friday parties, which take place every second/third week. For more information on that, check our Event section.

You can also join an intro class to swing dance in Student House on Tuesdays. 
See more info about Tuesday Swing Dance here.

Do you teach in Danish or English?
We teach in English because our classes have dancers from all over the world. However, you are welcome to ask questions and speak to us in Danish.
What should I wear?
Anything that you feel comfortable in that doesn’t limit your movement. We suggest bringing some extra clothes to change into after class – Lindy Hop is an energetic dance, so you might get sweaty. Regarding footware, flat shoes will be the best choice, preferably with a not-too-sticky sole. We do not recommend high heels for beginners.  If you want to invest in some good dancing shoes, try these brands: Keds, Aris Allen, Toms, Dance Joy.
What if I miss some classes?
 Don’t worry if you happen to miss a class or two. We do a recap after all our classes. which students are welcome to film and share with each other. You should be able to get the video from your classmates and practice the moves. In case you feel like you have missed out on too many classes, and you are having trouble catching up with the new material, you can always book a private lesson with us, where we will work one-to-one with you on the material. Check our Private Lessons section for more info.

Regarding refunds: Once the course has begun, we do not offer refunds for any missed classes.

Can I get a refund/sell my registration?
You can have your registration refunded, if you write us latest one week before classes start, after which we do not offer refunds. You may sell your registration to someone else. All we need is an email from you, with their name and email included. Please note: It is not possible to change the follow/lead role of your original registration. 
Am I too old/too young to dance swing?
Swing dancing is for everyone, regardless of age. In Copenhagen you can meet swing dancers from every age group, having lots of fun together on the dance-floor. That said, you must be at least 15 years old to join our classes, due to legal regulations. We do not however have a maximum age limit. 🙂 
Where can I dance Lindy Hop outside of classes?
You can come to Open Practice in our studio up to three times a week, to practice moves from your class or just dance with your friends. You might want to bring a partner to dance with, but otherwise the dancefloor is open, and the music is playing, so just show up and dance! Open Practice is free and open for everyone, no sign up needed. Get more info about it here.

There are also many other social dance opportunities in Copenhagen, e.g.

Apart from that there is also plenty of other events and places where you can dance socially and meet other swing dancers. For more info, check out the Facebook group Swing Dance in Copenhagen – it has over 3000 members and has important updates on swing dance events in Copenhagen.