Beginner-level
Focused on teaching the Basic Lindy Hop movement (a.k.a. the Swingout) and approximately 15 fundamental, building-block movements used in Lindy Hop. Attention is given to defining your social dancing skills and enhancing your fun when dancing TO the music and dancing WITH your partner.  Each week you refine your Lead or Follow skills through fun, easily executable and improvisional movements.  You'll strengthen, naturally, the tools and framework YOU need to grow your fun of the dance.  With patience and just a bit of practice, every student WILL dance comfortably at the end of the session.

If you've NEVER taken a dance lesson or if you've had East or West Coast Swing lessons, but not Lindy lessons, I recommend starting with here.

Intermediate-level

Improve your connection and frame by breaking down 4 positions/techniques where approximately 16 movements are Leadable/Followable.  Get a better understanding of how to move WITH the music.  Expand your improvisational dance skills through movements that "work" because the Lead and Follow are "connected".  Strengthen your muscle memory through consistent placement of your hands and the positioning of your weight in relation to your partner's weight.

If you've taken any Lindy Hop lessons previously, this is the class for you. 

Partnering skills
Strengthen the connection and frame techniques used in Lindy Hop.  You will improve your musicality, learn how to avoid mishaps on a crowded dance floor, and get tools & tips to make to your partner smile.  This class has very few defined "moves/movements", as the concentration is on learning and understanding how your weight can AND does change what you and your partner do while dancing.  Good introduction to Blues dancing (ala David).

While this class covers advanced material, I recommend this class for dancers of all skill levels.  There's something for everyone. 


Learning Process

Not everyone learns at the same pace, nor in the same fashion. My purpose is to help you achieve at YOUR pace.  It's more important for my students to feel comfortable doing one movement then struggling to grasp everything!  Once they're comfortable with that one, they can comfortably move on to more.  My "thing" about learning Lindy Hop is that you should have FUN while doing it. 
  • Execute everything slowly rather than rushing yourself.  Your body learns quicker through deliberate motions, not rushed motions.
  • If you don't understand an instruction DON'T BE SHY, ask for a different explanation. There ARE several ways to explain every thing you do in Lindy Hop.  The class is for YOU to learn at your pace, not for me to get through a certain amount of material. 

Class Structure

  • It's impossible to cram everything taught in any class into your memory, and then have hopes of performing it expertly.  Everything learned is through repetition.
  • I ask all students to rotate partners. Dancing is a social activity and it's important to be comfortable dancing with several people, not just one person.
  • The first hour of my CFU class focuses on instruction and the last half hour is dance practice. This allows you to immediately put any new movements into practial use. The first half hour of the Turnverein class covers the Basic (Swingout). 

Dance Lesson Etiquette

  • Smile! It does wonders for your partner AND you during a dance.
  • Look at your partner, not the floor or the surrounding area!  This is a PARTNER DANCE and remember you're dancing with someone!!
  • Remember that it's "only" a dance, so there's no reason to be critical of yourself or your partner.  It's far more important to work towards having fun with each other.
  • Always acknowledge and apologize whenever you or your partner bumps into someone, even if the other dancers "caused" the bump. Then always ask your partner if they are okay.
  • During classes it can be helpful to provide small amounts of KIND criticism, but NEVER offer on the social dance floor unless you're asked. 
  • NEVER tell your classmates or partners that they are doing "it" wrong.  Even experienced dancers have to adjust and learn how to dance with their new partners.
  • Remember that people learn at different paces. You may immediately understand a concept, others may need to practice it several times.
  • Leads should ALWAYS dance at the skill level of their partner, NEVER above it!