Note: all of our classes are leveled. Level 1 series will start from the ground up in the first class. Levels 2 and 3 will have prerequisites outlined in the class details on the event calendar. If you're ever unsure where you fall, give us a shout and we'll be happy to help or check our our FAQ for a more in-depth answer on this topic.
Lindy Hop (Levels 1-3)
Lindy Hop is our favorite style at CCSwing and offered every month in one of our two locations. It's a fun, athletic dance that saw its heyday in the 30s and 40s in the ballrooms of Harlem and made its comeback during the swing revival in the 80s and 90s -- thanks, in large part, to Frankie Manning, "the Ambassador of Lindy Hop" (Google him. You won't regret it!) The core of Lindy Hop is an 8-count basic move called the "swingout." We recommend repeating the beginner series as much as you need to feel comfortable and confident in your swingout, as it can take some time to get it into your muscle memory. Whether it's fast and bouncy or slow and groovy -- it's some of the most fun you'll have on (or off) the dance floor.
- 6-Count East Coast Swing (Levels 1-3)
6-Count East Coast Swing was born out of Lindy Hop, though it’s often taught as an introduction to swing dance. As it says in the name, it’s a pattern of steps that fills 6-counts in a musical phrase vs. the 8-count pattern you’ll see in Lindy, Charleston, or Balboa. It can be performed with triple steps or not and is useful in combination with 8-count dances to add musicality interest to a dance. We offer a 30 minute basic 6-count lesson every Thursday night before our socials -- even if you've never danced before, it can keep you dancing all night!
- Blues (Levels 1&2)
This is a style that, in its roots, predates swing dance and has evolved over the years to a smooth, rhythmic, earthy dance that can be performed partnered or solo. Blues is driven by the deep pulse of the music and a strong partner connection.
- Charleston (Levels 1-3)
This was a dance style that was extremely popular in the 1920s into the 1930s. It's seen on the dance floors in many varieties - face to face, hand to hand, side by side, tandem, solo, etc. It’s a high energy dance that is well suited to faster songs and blends well with both 6-count and Lindy hop.
- Jazz Steps and Line Dances (Levels 1&2)
Jazz steps can be plugged into partnered movement within a social dance or performed solo, but you'll most often see them in a choreographed swing line dance. The most popular is the Shim Sham, a tap-based line dance that is a standard in the swing community. Other well known, but more complicated choreographies are the Tranky-Doo and the Big Apple. All of these are universal and performed all over the world.
We also offer special classes and series from time to time including: Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Steals and Jams, Floorcraft, Musicality, and other swing and soul line dances. Let us know if there's anything you want to learn and we'll see what we can do!