Class Options

We offer levels for everyone here at SugarfootSwing, from the brand new left-footed to the total addicts. If you’re not sure what level you are at, drop us a line with a short description, or find us on a social dance floor, and we’ll be happy to let you know which level is suitable for you. We don’t offer all classes all the time, so check here to see which classes are offered in which months. There will be at least one of each Beginner, Post-Beginner, Intermediate, and Intermediate-Advanced courses on offer every month.

For the level names, we are trying to make them compatible with international standards, such as those found in workshops or festivals in other cities or countries, so the level name may not be representative of your level within your local scene, or the same as where you learned previously.

Beginner Courses

Never tried swing dancing before? Or any dancing for that matter? Then we look forward to seeing you at any of our classes marked “Beginner”. Our 4-week courses will get you comfortable with some of the basic rhythms and patterns, and we offer new courses once a month, so if you’re busy at the moment, we hope you can join us as soon as possible. Each course covers a different kind of basic, though they are all danced to the same music, so you will learn to switch between them. The 3 courses that we offer can be taken in any order you like, but you need to have taken all three courses before moving onto our post-beginner courses.

Sign up for any of the following:

  • Beginner Lindy Hop
  • Beginner 6-count
  • Beginner Charleston

 

(Also see our Beginner Solo Jazz course in the toggle below “Solo Jazz”)

Post-Beginner Courses

Our Post-Beginner classes follow on from the material in the Beginner Classes, and build on the basics of swing. We will introduce more elements of musicality, creativity, and technique to get you comfortable and confident on the social dancing floor as soon as possible. We recommend that you are familiar with all of the material in our 3 Beginners classes before moving on to any of the Post-Beginner classes, though you can also take these classes in any order. These are likely also suitable for anyone who has taken a few classes from elsewhere, or has maybe not danced in a while. Students should be familiar with the content of all three of our post-beginner courses before moving into our intermediate class.

Sign up for any of the following:

  • Post-Beginner Lindy Hop
  • Post-Beginner 6-count
  • Post-Beginner Charleston

Intermediate Level Swing

Do you love social dancing? Have you done a few beginner classes and now you’re hooked and want more? Then this is the class for you 🙂 We’ll expand your vocabulary of moves and throw in a bunch of other things that should bring whole new levels to your social dancing –  technique fundamentals, musicality, footwork variations and other ways to add some individualism to your partner dancing.

We expect students at this level to be comfortable with swing outs, six-count Lindy Hop moves and side-by-side charleston/lindy charleston movements. Each month we work on a new theme, but you can start classes on any week. Check out the schedule here for this month’s theme.

You can sign up for this level with either a consecutive 4-week course (starting any week), or you can purchase a class card for more flexibility. View our pricing page for details on the class card.

Intermediate-Advanced Swing

You’ve probably been dancing a while. You’ve got the bug. You’ve travelled for workshops and damn you want more. Well here’s where you get it. If you like a challenge, you’ll love this class. Contains 6-count, charleston and lindy hop styles. Each month we work on a new theme. Check out the theme for the month in the schedule here.

You can sign up for this level with either a consecutive 4-week course (starting any week), or you can purchase a class card for more flexibility. View our pricing page for details on the class card.

Routine Class

In this course we will be teaching known routines (eg. California, Big Apple), or ones designed by us for this course. The course will be more like a training session – each week will involve repetition of some content, and addition of new content, and a focus on improving technique and style via working on a routine/sequence. We will also use the routines to train dancing to higher tempos and the routines will incorporate solo dancing. It may lead to the opportunity to perform in the future (but this will not be mandatory). This course is for the die-hard lindy fans out there!

This is an ongoing class for dancers who have had at least 1 year of swing classes. This course can be be taken as a consecutive 4-week course (starting any week), or you can purchase a class card for more flexibility. View our pricing page for details on the class card.

Solo Jazz

A big part of swing dancing is the independent creativity that each partner can bring to the dance. There is nowhere better to get a handle on some of that independent creativity than throwing yourself into a solo jazz class. And next time that amazing song comes on and you can’t seem to find anyone to dance with, maybe you just won’t give a damn, and you’ll dance the hell out of it anyway.

Beginner solo jazz – for people with absolutely no dance experience at all, or people who’ve done lots of partnered swing classes, but very little solo. We expect a bit of a mixed group, so if you’ve got some experience and wish to join in, please come along, and our teachers will aim to give you some extra personal challenges.

Blues Dancing

Blues dancing has a variety of sub-genres, and these classes cover different styles of music which typically has a much slower tempo than lindy hop/swing. The dance focuses on groove, music and creative expression. This is taught as partner dancing, and typically has a closer dance hold than swing/lindy hop. For a video example, check out our “What is Swing Dancing” page

Beginner level – for people with absolutely no dance experience at all, or people who’ve done lots of partnered swing classes, but no blues.

Intermediate level – for people who have done some blues dancing (at least 4 beginner classes).

Aerials - Partner Class

Aerials are the fancy moves that swing dancers love doing to show off – we literally lift or throw our partner into the air or even over our own heads. For this reason, these classes are always done with a dedicated partner, and we recommend that students only take them if they are at Post-Beginner level or higher. We assume no prior aerials knowledge, but some prior swing dancing knowledge. Classes are conducted with safety as the first priority, but like any physical activity, your participation is at your own risk and we hold no liability for injuries.

To give you an idea of what aerials are, here is a very famous swing dancing clip with some of the best ever swing dancers in history, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, doing a range of crazy aerials (from the movie ‘Hellzapoppin’).