Lindy Hop – Main courses

Learn Lindy Hop - the most popular & complex of the swing dances!

Next round of classes
January - February (dates to be announced)

Registration times
To be announced

Level Placement
There will be no Level Placement this round.
Read about entry requirements to Swing 7 and Swing 8 here

Price
Regular: 710 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min
Student: 560 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min

Location 
Happy Feet Studio,
Ørnevej 33, København NV

Questions? 
See Frequently Asked Questions
or Contact Us

Registration for classes

New round of classes starts in January (dates to be announced)

All Beginners Lindy Hop courses Main Lindy Hop courses Collegiate Shag courses Solo Jazz courses Tap dancing Special courses
Monday
Savoy Room
Solo Jazz 1 17:30 - 18:45 Monica
Swing 6 Old Moves Revisited 19:45 - 21:00 Kuno & Monica
Alhambra Room
Solo Jazz 2 17:45 - 19:00 Kuno
Swing 4 19:30 - 20:45 Malene & Libor
Tuesday
Savoy Room
Swing 3 17:45 - 19:00 Johan & Gosia
Swing 7 19:45 - 21:00 Johan & Miranda
Alhambra Room
Saint Louis Shag 17:30 - 18:45 Maja & Eiki
Swing 2 Tuesday 19:30 - 20:45 Gosia & Libor
Wednesday
Savoy Room
Swing 2 Wednesday 17:45 - 19:00 Sandrine & Simon
Swing 1 Wednesday 19:45 - 21:00 Sandrine & Simon
Alhambra Room
Collegiate Shag 2 17:30 - 18:45 Betina & Diane
Collegiate Shag 1 19:30 - 20:45 Jakob & Silke
Smalls Paradise Room
Tap 2 17:30 - 18:45 Javier
Tap 1 19:00 - 20:15 Javier
Thursday
Savoy Room
Swing 1 Thursday 17:45 - 19:00 Julie & Birk
Balboa 2 19:45 - 21:00 Eiki & Miranda
Alhambra Room
Swing 8 17:30 - 18:45 Kuno & Gosia
Swing 5 19:30 - 20:45 Anna & Birk
Smalls Paradise Room
Tap 3 17:30 - 18:45 Javier

Monday

Savoy Room

  • Solo Jazz 1 Teacher: Monica 17:30 - 18:45
  • Swing 6 Old Moves Revisited Teachers: Kuno & Monica 19:45 - 21:00

Alhambra Room

  • Solo Jazz 2 Teacher: Kuno 17:45 - 19:00
  • Swing 4 Teachers: Malene & Libor 19:30 - 20:45

Tuesday

Savoy Room

  • Swing 3 Teachers: Johan & Gosia 17:45 - 19:00
  • Swing 7 Teachers: Johan & Miranda 19:45 - 21:00

Alhambra Room

  • Saint Louis Shag Teachers: Maja & Eiki 17:30 - 18:45
  • Swing 2 Tuesday Teachers: Gosia & Libor 19:30 - 20:45

Wednesday

Savoy Room

  • Swing 2 Wednesday Teachers: Sandrine & Simon 17:45 - 19:00
  • Swing 1 Wednesday Teachers: Sandrine & Simon 19:45 - 21:00

Alhambra Room

  • Collegiate Shag 2 Teachers: Betina & Diane 17:30 - 18:45
  • Collegiate Shag 1 Teachers: Jakob & Silke 19:30 - 20:45

Smalls Paradise Room

  • Tap 2 Teacher: Javier 17:30 - 18:45
  • Tap 1 Teacher: Javier 19:00 - 20:15

Thursday

Savoy Room

  • Swing 1 Thursday Teachers: Julie & Birk 17:45 - 19:00
  • Balboa 2 Teachers: Eiki & Miranda 19:45 - 21:00

Alhambra Room

  • Swing 8 Teachers: Kuno & Gosia 17:30 - 18:45
  • Swing 5 Teachers: Anna & Birk 19:30 - 20:45

Smalls Paradise Room

  • Tap 3 Teacher: Javier 17:30 - 18:45

 

Read our COVID-19 guidelines for classes here  

Level Description

Special Courses this round

Saint Louis Shag
- Tuesdays at 17.30 with Eiki & Maja
Want to learn a fun Swing dance? Learn the St. Louis Shag, a swing dance that evolved from the Charleston and Lindy Hop. It is a 8-count dance, usually danced to medium fast and fast swing, stomp, jump, and boogie-woogie music. As a derivative of 1920s partnered Charleston, the dance originated in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1930s and draws from African-American dance traditions.
This course will focus on the basic footwork of the dance, classic figures, some basic footwork variations as well as creativity and musicality.
Level guidance:
You need to be familiar with the basics of swing dancing, so having completed either Swing 3 or Collegiate Shag 2 at Happy Feet Studio or equivalent at other schools is a requirement.

 

Balboa 2
- Thursdays at 19.45 with Eiki & Miranda
Some of the figures you will learn in this course are the balboa Swivels, Toss-out & Lollies variations, as well as elements of creativity, improvisation & musicality.
Level guidance: 
To join this course you need to know the basics of Balboa, including Up-hold- & Down-hold basics of Pure-Bal, Paddles & Crab-walk, Out-out-in basic of Bal-Swing, basic Lollies and Toss-out.

 

Swing 2

Description
Swing 2 is a continuation from the Swing 1 course (Beginners 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 in both groove-walk and triple step rhythm, and how to integrate them into your dancing. You will also learn the 30s Charleston (the "evolved" version of 20s Charleston, with kicks), and its basic variations, such as Kick-Through and Hand-to-Hand.

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)

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), and styling variations (e.g. Swivels). We will introduce fast turns on the spot for both followers and leaders. 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)

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. You will learn more swingout variations (e.g. Texas Tommy), more 30s Charleston variations (e.g. S-turn to Tandem Charleston),  as well as turns with traveling in both triple step and Groove-Walk rhythm. You will also learn how to spice up your footwork with small 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)

Swing 5

Description
Swing 5 is a continuation from the Swing 4 course. The class material on this level is more open and it is adjusted to the needs of the class participants. You will learn some of the more complex moves, such as: Sugar Push, Sailor Step, Barrel Roll, and Airplane Charleston. The main points of focus will be connection exercises, turning technique and footwork variations.

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)

Swing 6 - Theme (see themes here)

Description
Swing 6 - Theme is a continuation from the Swing 5 course. It is a course for dancers on an intermediate level, who want to expand their vocabulary of moves and techniques.  You are expected to stay on this level for at least a few rounds of classes before moving on to the higher level. To keep the classes fresh and interesting, each round will have a different theme, always with new moves and variations. 

Themes in Round 6, 2020 (Oct-Dec): 

Swing 6 Monday (w/ Kuno & Monica): Old Moves Revisited

Do you recognize this situation: you take weekly classes and weekend workshops, you collect more and more new moves and variations, and... after a month or two your forget more than half of them. We have an idea how to fix it! Let's get a bit nostalgic and let's go back to all the cool moves you've learned so far, but somehow managed to forget along the way. In this course we will go through the most essential of the moves from Swing 1 to Swing 5. For each move we will work on the technique needed to master the move and try new variations of the move.

Check out also our Special Courses this Round: Saint Louis Shag and Balboa for Lindy Hoppers 2 
Read more about these courses in the first tab in this section (above the Swing 2 description)

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)

Swing 7

Description
Swing 7 is a class for experienced dancers, where we focus mainly on technique and quality of the dance. 
The content of this course is partly shaped by the students. At the beginning of each round the teachers ask the students what techniques and moves they would like to work on, and they incorporate the wishes into the course material.

Level guidance
You need to complete at least one round of Swing 6 - Theme before moving up to Swing 7. If you are a fast learner, you can try to move up directly after Swing 5. 

If you come from another school, we recommend that you have at least 12 months of swing dance experience to be able to join this class. 

Obligatory Level Placement for new participants
To ensure a high level in class, all new participants will have to come to Level Placement first, to be accepted to the course. Once you have been accepted, you can continue taking classes on this level in the future rounds as well, without having to come to Level Placement again. 

Read more in the Level Placement section in the right column (or below this text on mobile version). 

Swing 8

Description
Swing 8 is the highest level in Happy Feet Studio. It is dedicated to experienced and skilled dancers, who want to keep on improving their dancing - the Lindy Hop addicts. You will work on challenging moves and concepts, with a lot of focus on technique.  

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

Level guidance
This is the highest level of classes in Happy Feet Studio. We recommend taking at least two rounds of classes on Swing 7 before signing up for Swing 8.

Obligatory Level Placement for new participants
To ensure a high level in class, all new participants will have to come to Level Placement first, to be accepted to the course. Once you have been accepted, you can continue taking classes on this level in the future rounds as well, without having to come to Level Placement again. 

Read more in the Level Placement section in the right column (or below this text on mobile version). 


Level Placement

There will be no Level Placement this round due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, we have the following requirements:
- to join Swing 7, you should be comfortable in all the basic moves like Swingouts, Tandem Charleston, 6-count turns etc. Also, you must have taken at least two rounds of Swing 6 or equivalent. 
- to join Swing 8, you should be one of the best students in Swing 7 and have no problem keeping up with the material in Swing 7. Also, you must have taken at least two rounds of Swing 7 or equivalent. 

Please note, when at some point we start having Level Placements again, you will have to attend one to be accepted into Level 7 and 8 going forward. For now, you can join these levels should you want to.

New to Lindy Hop?

Level Guidelines

• From Swing 1 to Swing 5 you take each level for one round (7 weeks), and then you move to the next level

• From Swing 6 - Theme and up, you are expected to stay at least a few rounds on each level

• On lower levels there are several courses with the same material, just on different days. Choose the one that fits your schedule best

• Feel like you need more repetition? You can take the same level again 

• If you have had a break in taking classes for 4 months or more, you must repeat your last level, to ensure that you can follow the classes

Music from class

We have collected some of our favorite swing songs, which are good for practicing new moves, and put them together in a Spotify and Youtube playlists. 

Open Practice

Come and practice moves from your class during Open Practice. It's free and open for everyone! You might want to bring a partner to dance with though. 

Social Dancing

In Copenhagen you can dance socially almost every evening, and in most cases the entrance is free! Check out our list of venues with recurring social dancing events:

Multiple courses

Sign up for multiple courses in the same round of classes and get 10% discount on each course!
See the overview of all courses we offer this round here:

Frequently Asked Questions

what level should i choose?
If you are coming from another school or if you had a longer break and you are not sure what level to choose, you can come to our Level Placement, where you can dance with a teacher and get advice.
We organize Level Placement before each round of classes, and the dates are announced here on the page approx. 3 weeks before classes start.
Read more about Level Placement here.
Do I need a dance partner?

You don't need a partner to register. If you register alone we will simply pair you up with another participant. We will also have partner rotation in the classes, so you will get to meet and dance with other people in the class. A nice way to make new friends!

COVID-19 update: If you sign up with a partner, then you are welcome to not change partner of course. For everyone else, we will do partner changing in small teams of a few couples. The teams will be set up in the first class and you will have the same team the whole round - no jumping between teams.

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?
We organize Intro Classes to Swing Dancing during our Friday Parties, which take place in our studio every second/third week. You don't need to sign up beforehand, just show up on the day and pay the entrance to the party at the door. The intro class takes place right before the party. For more information on that, check our Friday Party section.

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

We don't offer sign ups for single classes to our weekly 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). Sign ups for single classes would disrupt our leader-follower balance. Therefore it is only possible to sign up for a full round of classes (7 weeks of classes).

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. We have a Shower Area in our studio, where you can take a shower and change clothes before or after class.
Regarding footwear, 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.

If you feel like you have missed out on too many classes, and you are having trouble catching up with the new material, you can:
• 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.
• sign up for the Beginners Course again. It will give you a chance to recap the material you've learned, and catch up with the things you missed.

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 outside of classes?

Friday Parties at Happy Feet Studio
(every second/third week)

Great evenings of dancing and hanging out in in the home of happy feet! Each party starts with an Intro Class to swing dance. After that, the dancefloor is open, and we have plenty of special attractions prepared for you, making each party different and unique.
From time to time there will be live music, dance competitions, dance shows, quizes, intro classes in blues/shag/balboa, and much more. There is also a cozy bar where you can buy drinks and hang out with your friends in between dances.
Get more info about Friday Parties here.

Open Practice in Happy Feet Studio
(almost every day)

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 Open Practice here.

Other social dancing opportunities in Copenhagen:

Tuesday Swing Dance
at Studenterhuset: 19.30 - 23.00

Sunday Swing organized by Swingin' Hepcats
at Indre By Kulturhus: 15.00 - 18.00
(and 16.00 - 19.00 on the 1st Sunday of the month)

Saturday Extra Training organized by SwingShoes
at Vesterbro Kulturhus: 12.00 - 14.00

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.