“Swing Dance” is a group of African-American dances set to swing music and other old school Jazz styles from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. The Swing family includes many different dances from the above period, like Solo Jazz, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Tap and the most popular of them all: The Lindy Hop – also originally known as the Jitterbug in Europe.
These are all dances created by African-Americans, where rhythm and improvisation is at the core, and where being social through dancing together is central to all of them.
In Happy Feet Studio you can learn all of the above dances and we have courses for complete beginners starting every second month.
If you would like to dance without a partner then come join one of our solo courses. You can choose between two great dances: Solo Jazz and Tap Dancing.
In Tap dancing we make the music with our own feet while we in Solo Jazz practice old school steps from Charleston and Authentic Jazz to the tunes of swingin’ music.
Complete beginners to dancing will probably find Solo Jazz to be the easier starting point between the two of them, and you can get started on this great dance in our course called Solo Jazz 1.
If you are looking to learn a partner dance, then you can choose between Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag and Balboa. These are all social partner dances where you learn to lead and follow to prepare you for the dance floor at social events.
The most popular of the swingin’ partner dances is called Lindy Hop and our beginner’s course called Swing 1 is a great way to begin your Lindy Hop adventure.
When you sign up for a partner dance, you will choose to join as either a leader or a follower participant. Traditionally the leaders would be the men and the followers the women, however we welcome anyone to choose the role they would like to learn.
It is both possible to sign up with and without a partner to these dances. If you sign up without a partner, you will be dancing with someone who chose the other role and who signed up alone as well. Note that you won´t be dancing with only one person, as there will be partner rotation.
All our classes feature partner rotation, where the teacher invites the participants to rotate partner. It’s of course ok to not join this rotation if you signed up with a partner and would like to stay together. However, dancing with changing partners is the quickest and best way to learn how to lead and follow.
After the summer break
(exact dates will be announced soon)
Come and practice material from your class during Open Practice. It’s free and open for everyone! Consider bringing a partner to dance with though.
We have collected some of our favorite swing songs, which are good for practicing, and we put them together in a Spotify playlist
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