Course descriptions

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Level description

Description

The focus of this course is to learn the swinging partner dance: Lindy Hop. 

This course is the perfect introduction to the basics of Lindy Hop and the main goal of the course is to practise leading and following, and prepare you to go social dancing at swing dance parties. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of our Swing 1 courses are ELEF (Everybody Leads Everybody Follows). When signing up to an ELEF course, you don’t need to choose whether you are joining as a leader or follower, since you will be dancing both roles in class.

Level Guidance

Swing 1 is a course for complete beginners. No prior dance experience is needed.

Partner Rotation

Please note that there is partner rotation in all our Swing 1 classes to improve the leading  and following skills of the participants.

Class Material Demo

Watch this video to see what to expect on the Beginners Course (Swing 1):

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of our courses are ELEF (Everybody Leads Everybody Follows). When signing up to an ELEF course, you don’t need to choose whether you are joining as a leader or follower, since you will be dancing both roles in class.

 

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.

Class material demo

Watch this video to see what to expect on the Swing 2 course:

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of our courses are ELEF (Everybody Leads Everybody Follows). When signing up to an ELEF course, you don’t need to choose whether you are joining as a leader or follower, since you will be dancing both roles in class.

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.

Class material demo

Watch this video to see what to expect on the Swing 3 course:

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 travelling 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.

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.

Description

Swing 6 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 a higher level. To keep the classes fresh and interesting,  each round will have a different theme, always with new moves and variations.

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.

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Themes in Round 3, 2024 (May-June):

Swing 6 Monday: “Fun & Playfulness ” with Alexander & Patricia

If you ever feel like you’re just dancing the same moves over and over again, then this is the class for you. Here you will learn how to discover new variations for yourself as well as how to have more fun with the steps you already know.

You will get tools to be more creative in your dancing and improvise magical and silly moments with your partner. You will also learn how to connect more with the music and discover your own self-expression and dance more like YOU – not anyone else.

It’s going to be fun, silly, creative, fun, challenging and – most of all – fun!

 

Swing 6 Wednesday: “Old Moves Revisited” with Kuno & Helena

In this course, we will get a bit nostalgic and go back through the most essential of the moves from Swing 1 to Swing 5. It’s normal to forget most of the material you learn along the way and so this class can both be a great chance for you to reacquaint yourself with some classic steps as well as a new chance to master them fully. For each move, we will both work on the technique needed to improve on how we dance it as well as new variations on the move.

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

We recommend taking at least two rounds of classes on Swing 6 before signing up for  Swing 7. 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 proper 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 about Level Placement here

Description

Swing 8 is the highest level in Happy Feet Studio.

This course 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 proper 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 about Level Placement here.

Level description

Description (Round 3, 2024)
Do you want to comfortably dance to very fast swing songs? Then this fast-track course into the world of Balboa will be perfect for you!
This Balboa crash-course is for experienced swing dancers that want to learn this wonderful swing dance style. Teachers Miranda & Eiki will introduce you to the joys of Balboa, exploring the basic elements of the dance as well as the playfulness it offers.
This course is only for experienced dancers that have a solid understanding of elements like partner connection, rhythm, musicality, body awareness & swing music structure. 
 
Level guidance
Required level to join: Swing 7 and up (or equivalent from other schools).
If you are in doubt, you can contact Happy Feet Studio or Eiki and Miranda directly.
 
Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

 

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Description (Round 3, 2024)

In this course we will focus on Bal-swing. We will work on flowing into a Continuation of moves as if they were one, focusing on rotation and smoothness instead of stopping between each move and making it feel staggered.

 

Level Guidance

A minimum of 14 weeks of Balboa classes is required to join. You should have taken at least 2 courses in Balboa in Happy Feet Studio or equivalent in other clubs to join. You should know the basics of Balboa, including the Balboa Basic, Come Around and basic Out & Ins.

Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Description (Round 3, 2024)
There will be focus on bringing your Balboa to the next level. We will introduce new perspectives to figures and moves that you already now. Examples are new rhythms applied to known patterns and options to transform any figure. This can be applied in different ways and situations. 
 
Level guidance
This level is aimed at experienced dancers. As minimum, you have been actively dancing Balboa for 1,5 years. Pure Bal and Bal Swing basics are your second nature: Collect Step, Down Hold, Come Around, Out & Ins and Throw Out. You are comfortable experimenting with those and applying variations of these steps during social dancing. You are also comfortable with figures like Lollies, Swivels and Drags. If you are in doubt, you can contact Happy Feet Studio or Lara directly.

Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Level description

Description

In this course you will learn the basics of Collegiate Shag. 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 course. But if you have danced swing or another dance before, then that’s of course an advantage.

Description

This course is an offer to everyone who already has some experience dancing Collegiate Shag beyond the beginner steps. There will be challenges for Shag dancers of all levels, so if you want to find new inspiration in your Shag dancing, then come join us.

Level Guidance

You need to complete Col. Shag 1 course to be able to join this class.
If you have danced Collegiate Shag in another school before, you need to have at least 2 months of experience to be able to join this class. And please have a dialogue with the teachers if you would like to join to make sure to end in the best suitable level.

Description

In this course you will learn how to combine a series of difficult movements, advance and experiment within your footwork variations, work on your coordination skills, and learn to control your body and movements in order to dance to faster tempos with ease.

Level Guidance

This course is for experienced shag dancers, who have been dancing Collegiate Shag for at least 1 year. You should be confident dancing to a faster music (200bpm to 240bpm) while being comfortable with different footwork variations and figures such as shag-outs, collegiate kicks, double-kick basic and different types of turns. If in doubt, please discuss with your teachers.

Level description

Description

A beginners course to the wonderful world of Solo Jazz dancing, 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, Bees Knees, Itches etc., and you will learn how to mix them together into short solo routines.

Focus points in Round 3, 2024 (May-June), taught by Jordan:

This coming round of Solo Jazz Beginner will be taught by Jordan, a teacher-member of Lindy Hop Greece group. You will focus on learning how to learn basics, become comfortable in repetition, as well as find joy in small and big physical and mental achievements within class and social dances.

Level Guidance

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

Description

Solo Jazz Improvers is a continuation course for those who already know the basic solo jazz moves. You will be introduced to more advanced moves and variations, as well as transitions between them.

Focus points in Round 3, 2024 (May-June), taugh by Jordan:

Jazz steps vocabulary enrichment, rhythmical variety and compilation of basic steps are some of the main ideas for the upcoming Solo Jazz Improvers class. All served alongside the jam circle principal culture. A communal space of protection and elevation, of unique creativity and exploration.
 

Level Guidance

You need to have completed the Solo Jazz Beginners course to be able to join this class. However, it’s strongly recommended to take the Solo Jazz Beginners course a couple of times before moving on. You should be comfortable with basic solo jazz moves and ready to explore some more technical variations and syncopated rhythms. You should preferably also have some experience with dancing solo jazz socially (e.g. at parties). 

If you come from another school, you should have at least 4 months of solo jazz experience to be able to join this class.

Description

Solo Jazz Advanced is a continuation course, where you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself and take your dancing skills to the next level. You can expect a high energy class, where we will spend time on exercises and routines designed to create a space for improving your technique, musicality, and creativity. We also encourage students of this level to be a dynamic part of the class and collaborate with other students in a positive and supportive environment.

Focus points in Round 3, 2024 (May-June):

Description coming soon.
 

Level Guidance

You need to have completed the Solo Jazz Improvers course to be able to join this class. However, it’s strongly recommended to take the Solo Jazz Improvers course a couple of times before moving on. You should be comfortable with different solo jazz moves and variations, and ready to explore some more technical variations and syncopated rhythms.

If you come from another school, you should have at least 6-8 months of solo jazz experience to be able to join this class.

Level description

Level Guidance

No previous experience required. We go through basic steps, we dance some nice choreographies, and we introduce you to the very beginning of improvisation.

Level Guidance

This is for you who already have tried tap, and you feel confident in executing basic steps as shuffles and flaps. You can follow the music and maybe you want to bang the floor by your own.

Level Guidance

You have already tap danced for one good year, and you want to improve and try different styles and rhythms. You have a basic understanding of tap musicality and improvisation.

Level Guidance

You have been tap dancing for 2-3 years and you have a good library of steps, rhythms, tap music structure, you are quick to learn new material, and you are familiar with some improvisation.

Description

Join a new concept at Happy Feet Studio: a Swing Choir! We’ll sing some famous jazzy & swingy tunes, maybe even polyphonically (voices) in a fun and entertaining way. 

The choir will be led by Christine Schøtt. Christine has a master (cand.phil.) in musicology and is an experienced singer, voice coach (Anne Rosing Institute) and a choral conductor. And she loves to tap and swing dance 😀

Level Guidance

No previous experience is required, just a desire to try and have a great time.