Many dancers come to us with some amount of previous dancing experience, but choosing the right place to begin can be a challenge!
Lindy Hop is a dance that incorporates many patterns using an 8-count footwork, as well as patterns using a 6-count footwork. Many of the basic moves such as the swing out and the Lindy circle are done in 8 counts, while many other moves and turns are done in 6 counts. This is a big part of what makes the dance great! But it can also be confusing to students when they are first beginning the dance. Our six-week Lindy 1 course is designed not just to teach you basic moves using both patterns, but also to help you integrate them seamlessly on the dance floor.
Often, dancers come to us with experience in only one of these patterns. In particular, many students have learned some amount of 6-count swing (sometimes called East Coast Swing or Jitterbug), but they are unfamiliar with the 8-count basics of Lindy Hop. In these cases, we ask that you begin with our Lindy 1 classes first. The 8-count basics learned in Lindy 1 are most definitely a prerequisite for subsequent classes!
If you are comfortable with 8-count and 6-count footwork, and are proficient with the swing out, Lindy circle, and the swing out from closed position, then you may be fine beginning with our Lindy 2 classes. However, many students still find it valuable to take Lindy 1 first. If you are unsure, ask one of our instructors for advice on which class to take. You can always switch classes if you find that you need a refresher, or if you find that the material covered is something you are already proficient in.
If any (or all) of that sounds like Greek to you, or you've never danced a step in your life, that's just fine! Start with Lindy 1, and we will have you out on the floor in no time.