LindyGroove Lessons: Join our fun live interactive virtual lessons while we all flatten the curve!
What is Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz & Charleston dancing?
Lindy Hop is the original swing dance. Born in Harlem as a street dance, it evolved from Solo Jazz & Charleston inspired by the jazz music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Like jazz, Lindy Hop is a uniquely American art form. While we are in virtual mode we will focus on Charleston and Solo Jazz which share the Joy of Lindy Hop but without the need for a partner.
Let’s get started!
Woo hoo! Some tips to get the most out of our virtual classes:
Virtual Birthday Parties! Free Solo Fundamentals lesson for you and 10 friends plus virtual cupcakes!
Solo Jazz FUNdamentals with Keegan Mullin
is a live interactive online class for brand-new dancers, or anyone new to solo dance! Also a great refresher in vocabulary and rhythm for more experienced dancers.
Pre-requisites: None. We start from absolute scratch!
Solo Jazz is an integral to Lindy Hop. Learn the basic vocabulary, rhythm, foundation of pulse, patterns of solo jazz and connecting to the music. (Focus rotates each week of the month). We recommend repeating this class until you are comfortable and confident in the material so you can hit the ground running in our Solo Jazz 1 Series!
Solo Jazz 1 with Christine Nguyen
is a live interactive online class that focuses on Solo Jazz movement
Pre-requisites: None, but if you are completely new to dancing, we recommend taking Solo Fundamentals at least twice, or until you are comfortable with the material. If the series has already started, we recommend taking Solo Fundamentals until the next month starts.
Solo Jazz and Charleston are integral to Lindy Hop. Build your solo dance vocabulary and hone your technique, all while developing your individual musicality and confidence in your movement. Plus, you’ll be better prepared to get the most out of our weekly livestream!
Each month we will revisit solo dance basics, and then new steps, variations, and classic line dances, depending on the month’s topic. A complete Solo Jazz education consists of 6 topics lasting 1 month each.
Note: This is a 6-month series. Start any month. If you miss a month, not to fear — that topic will come back around in 5 months!
|Jazz Vocabulary: Tranky Doo focus||January / July|
|Line Dance: The Tranky Doo||February / August|
|Charleston Rythmns||March / September|
|Charleston Patterns||April / October|
|Jazz Vocabulary: Shim Sham focus||May / November|
|Line Dance: The Shim Sham||June / December|
Solo Jazz Routine with special guest instructor Gaby Cook
Pre-requisites: Intermediate Lindy and above (or completion of Lindy 1)
This class is designed for intermediate and above dancers, and will move at a good pace. Every two months we start a new routine. Students colaborate via Zoom to create a performance routine. At the end of two months students make a video clip of themselves doing a part of the routine and we edit the clips into a "virtual performance" video. The fun is in collaborating with the group to create the choreography and the transitions from student to student in the video. This is an example of one of our Routine class videos:
Pre-requisites: None. We start from scratch!
Build basic blues movement vocabulary while developing your individual musicality and confidence in your movement.
Students will colaborate via Zoom to create a performance routine. At the end of two months students submit a video clip of themselves doing a part of the routine and we edit the clips into a "virtual performance" video. The fun is in collaborating with the group to create the choreography and the transitions from student to student in the video. The blues video will be similar to this example of one of our Routine class videos: You are welcome to take this class but opt out of the video. ;o)
No matter what level you are, mini-privates are a great way to get personalized feedback in a friendly, non-intimidating setting. Whether it’s fixing a broken move, practicing what you just learned in class, or making sure you’re ready to move up to the next level, our instructors are eager to help.
Note: A great use of mini-privates is to social dance with your instructor.