When to Level Up?
If you just finished all of the minimum requirements of a level within our Lindy Hop Classes and you are wondering if you should move up to the next level of classes then this resource is for you! While this guide is a useful tool we always recommend talking to a Boston Lindy Hop instructor at Lindy Dojo or before/after classes as well so you can get an informed second opinion of which level of classes will help you progress the most.
Moving from Level 1 to Level 2
Level 1 is our introductory class series to Lindy Hop and has six-hours of class. It is recommended for and common among students to take this class multiple times because it contains foundational material that the rest of our classes build upon.
Lindy 2 Minimum Requirements
- You have taken all six hours of class of a Level 1 series and are comfortable and confident with the material and concepts in the class.
Concepts in Lindy 1
- History of Lindy Hop - from Black community in Harlem, New York and developed to jazz music during the 1920s/30s
- How to ask people to dance
- Comfortably dancing with your partner and prioritizing that over "being right"
- Closed Position and Open Position
- Rock steps and Triple Steps
Material in Lindy 1
Below is the list of the required material in Lindy 1. Teachers are provided with additional optional material that may be covered during Lindy 1 as well.
If you cannot consistently do the material listed below on time with the music and good rhythm it is highly recommended to retake Lindy 1 and/or work with a BLH instructor at Lindy Dojo.
8 Count Material
- Jockeying (step-hold, step-hold)
- Basic in place
- Basic moving
- Follow in front
- Promenade into open
- Circle from closed
- Circle from open
- Swingout from closed
- Swingout from open
6 Count Material
- Basic in closed
- Send out
- Underarm turn/Side pass
- Tuck turn from closed
- Circle from closed
- Circle from open
- Boogie Stomp
Moving from Level 2 to Level 3
Level 2 consists of three seperate series; Lindy 2: Rhythm, Timing, and Music, Lindy 2: Connection, and Lindy 2: Momentum which can be taken in any order.
We strongly recommend consulting a Boston Lindy Hop instructor at Lindy Dojo or before/after classes if Lindy 3 is a good fit for you before registering. Due to Level 3 is currently the highest level of classes Boston Lindy Hop offers instructors are told to teach to the top portion of students in the class.
If you cannot consistently do the material listed below on time with the music and good rhythm it is highly recommended to retake the Lindy 2 class containing the material you struggle with and/or work with a BLH instructor at Lindy Dojo.
If you have not been out social dancing a few times it is also highly recommended to do that before registering for a Lindy 3 class. While class is an excellent tool, it is not a substitute for the experience gained from social dancing.
- You have taken all six hours of class of each Level 2 series and are comfortable and confident with the material and concepts in the class.
- You have taken all six hours of class of a Fundamentals series.
Lindy 2: Rhythm, Timing, and Music - Concepts
This Lindy 2 series focuses on rhythm (a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound), timing (the choice, judgment, or control of when something should be done in relation to music), and having ones' dancing reflect the music.
- Consistently dancing on time to the music
- Swinging/syncopating triple steps with clear weight shifts and rhythm
- Having ones' dancing be a reflection of the song being played
Lindy 2: Rhythm, Timing, and Music - Material
- Minnie dip a.k.a the Minneapolis Dip
- Kick ball change
- Swivels (for follows)
Lindy 2: Connection - Concepts
This Lindy 2 series focuses on the ability to communicate non-verbally with your partner a.k.a. connection.
- Ability to feel the difference between 6 and 8 count movements
- Honest/responsive following
- Ability to communicate the difference between 6 and 8 count movements
- Clear and comfortable leading
- Becoming a comfortable dance partner
- Taking your partner with you when you are doing something
- Communicating when you are changing something about your connection
Lindy 2: Connection - Material
- Jig walks
- Sugar push
- Pop turns
- Double tuck turn
Lindy 2: Momentum - Concepts
This Lindy 2 series focuses on the creation and transfer of momentum within a patnership and refining movements to be more efficient to allow that to happen.
- Moving to the end of your lines
- Following in a way that is comfortable for you - where it is ok and advisable to exert control
- Understanding turning while maintaining linear momentum down a line
- Understand redirection
- Understand creation of more or less momentum
- Understanding the flow of the dance (i.e. in terms of the flow between linear and rotational momentum)
- Knowing what linear and rotational momentum are
- Creating and communicating clear momentum
- Using tension/tone appropriately
Lindy 2: Momentum - Material
- Swingout with an inside turn
- Swingout with an outside turn
- Texas Tommy
- Glide to the Side
I have previous swing dance experience
If you have taken classes from a different organization in Boston or other parts of the world we encourage you to ask a Boston Lindy Hop instructor at Lindy Dojo on Thursdays which class would be a good fit. Different organizations emphasize different material and concepts and our levels beyond the first have an assumed previous levels of comfort and confidence with our own set.
We find that having an in person conversation coupled with some dancing is the best way to accurately help you select the class that will be the best learning environment.