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Something to consider before you register

 

For each level of classes you will find a description of the level and the requirements for the level. The requirements are made to secure that there is a natural progression through the levels and to make sure that the students have more or less similar backgrounds.

 

But it is different how fast people learn and how much time they spend on Lindy Hop outside the classes. We think that everybody gets the best opportunities to learn and have the most fun if the differences in levels in a specific class aren't too big. Therefore please read the following before choosing your level:

 

The "rules" about moving onto a higher level are based upon you attending the classes without missing too many of these. If you have had to stay away many Thursdays you might want to consider if you have reached the level needed to move on.

 

There are many ways of getting better. If you only take part in the classes on Thursdays but never or rarely dance socially outside the classes, you will probably learn slower than the ones who dance on many occasions. The same applies if you never or rarely take part in other kinds of classes, for instance weekend workshops at Swingin' Hepcats' or other places. If all this applies to you, you might consider staying on a given level for a longer time than described in connection to the level.

 

On the higher levels a lot of work is focused on technique. The thought is in other words not to give you a lot of new variations but to work more on stuff like leading/following, frame, connection, counterbalance and musicality. Basically the purpose is not to make you better at doing a lot of variations together with the people from your class but to make you better at doing any variation - also the basic ones - with any partner. The higher the level, the more you have to be prepared to working on technique. Consider this when registering.

 

When new, less experienced dancers move up to a higher level, where you have been some time yourself, it can sometimes be a bit frustrating. But look at it as a fun challenge. For an experienced follower this for instance is a good opportunity to sharpen your attention and consider if you are following what is being lead or following what the teacher told you. For an experienced leader it is a good opportunity to test if your leading is as clear and precise as you would like it to be.

 

If you are unsure about your level, you are always welcome to ask your teacher. He or she is always willing to help you with advice and guidance. Lindy Hop is made out of a lot of elements and different people learn different elements at different speeds. Some people are for instance quick at picking up new steps and variations, but is having a hard time grasping concepts like frame and connection. Other people experience the opposite.

 

We reserve the right to deny access to a level for dancers if we don't feel that they are ready for moving onto a higher level. The most important is not on what level you are dancing, but that you are dancing at a level fitting your skills. That makes the classes the most fun for everybody.