Herräng Dance Camp

2nd July to 6th August

Prepmode for Camp 2016
Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Solo Jazz & Tap

Lindy Hop

The Lindy Hop, named after aviator Charles Lindbergh and his solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927, is a rhythmical and groovy couple dance created to big band music in the Harlem ballrooms around the time of the depression. The dance form is based on a traditional lead- and follow structure, but opens up for an endless amount of improvisations and individual interpretations. The Lindy Hop can be danced to all kind of tempi, offers both closed and intimate patterns, traditional open figures, solo steps, and occasionally it takes to the air.

Origin: Harlem in New York City during the late 1920s and into the early 1940s.
Music: mainly traditional swing, but also other forms of jazz related music meant for dancing.
Synonyms: Jitterbug, Swing and Jive.
Film clips: A Day at the Races (1937), Swing Fever (1943) and Jammin' the Blues (1944).
 

Lindy Hop Alternatives: 
BEGINNER (WEEKEND FULL TIME)
The word itself is self-explanatory, and no previous dance experience at all is necessary. The classes, each 70 minutes long, will start from scratch and will pay attention also to newcomers equipped with two left feet. Check-in will take place on late Friday afternoon, and will be immediately followed by the first class; the remaining six classes will take place on Saturday and Sunday. For ambitious proselytes feeling inspired on Sunday afternoon, there are often possibilities to prolong the Herräng visit by registering for the since Sunday on-going BeginnersIntermediate program.
Available:
July 6 – July 9, July 13 – July 16, July 27 – July 30

For more detailed information about the Beginner Weekend, please visit here.

 

BEGINNERINTERMEDIATE (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
A handful of classes, some practise on your own, the basic six- and eight counts under control, and at least a few months of general experience. The level indicates an understanding of fundamentals and a basic ability to dance on a social floor. Please avoid to sign up here if you are a beginner, please choose any of the beginner weekends instead.

Available: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

 

INTERMEDIATE (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
This is most likely where the majority of hobby- and general social dancers belong. Basic rhythms and general mixing of patterns (six counts, eight counts, charlestons, jig walks et cetera) are familiar, as well as the fundamentals of lead- and follow. The level will both offer quality time around fairly basic material, but even more so try to lift the dance form from an execution of steps to a rhythmical flow of music.
Available: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

 

INTERMEDIATEADVANCED (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
This level is for experienced dancers, not gold-diggers nor dancers that started out last month. On this level the language of rhythms should be spoken fluently and the general flow of the dance be reasonably convincing. Some faster tempi might very well appear and also rhythm variations and personal interpretations. The level in general will provide semi-guided tours in the overall landscape of rhythmical musicality. 

Available: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

 

ADVANCED (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
Advanced level in Herräng means advanced dancing and an advanced approach from both the students and the teachers. The ambition of dancers applying for this level should be high, and their background experience should be extensive. This is the level where the art and potential of the dance form fully reveals.

The registration for the Advanced class will be embedded in the registration for IntermediateAdvanced. If you want to try out for the Advanced class you need to register for IntermediateAdvanced, and then, once in Herräng, an audition will decide at which level each individual dancer belong (Advanced, IntermediateAdvanced or sometimes Intermediate).

Available: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

 

INTERMEDIATEADVANCED – ADVANCED (ONE WEEK HALF TIME)

This combined level, that possibly will be split up into two different groups, covers an entire week but offers only nine classes. The classes will be held primarily somewhere in the interval of 17.00-21.00, and are primarily meant for party dancers hanging out too late in the nights to make it possible to join morning classes in the full time programs, but still interested to take some classes. The teachers will primarily emanate from the group of regular teachers of the week, but other instructors might as well appear. For description of levels, please read under the applicable levels in the full time programs.

Available: Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

 

COMPETITION & SHOW (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
Even though the Lindy Hop primarily is a social dance, a competition form of it very soon was established. This special style of the dance was very often executed to fairly fast music and from around 1936–1937 it also took to the air. Today's contemporary Lindy Hop scene offers a handful of prestigeous competitions all around the world for both amateurs as well as professionals. Please notice that this is the only track in Herräng that seriously includes air steps on a frequent basis.
 
This special program is meant for dancers coming to Herräng with a specific goal in mind: to become better, not primarily as social dancers, but as contestants and performers. The program is meant for couples, on at least general intermediateadvanced level (there will be a small audition performed separating less experienced dancers from more experienced dancers into two different groups), and no partner rotation will be performed. The classes will focus around the stage aspects of dancing including execution, presence, partner work, choreographies and general material (including basic air-steps) and exercises around spotlight situations. The program will furthermore deal with all kind of tempi and colours of the dance form.

For this program you have to sign up together with a partner. Please refer to the Lindy Hop level descriptions (pasted below) for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced.
 
INTERMEDIATEADVANCED-ADVANCED (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
This combined level is for experienced dancers, not gold-diggers. We believe that students showing up at this program are confident, technically knowledgable and fairly fluent in the rhythmical language around the dance form. The material in circulation in this program will be challenging from all aspects: rhythmically, technically and tempo wise. Please pay attention that this program demands couple registration.

Available: Week 5
TEACHER'S TRACK (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
In the old days, very few dancers ever took classes to learn how to do the Lindy Hop. The contemporary lindy scene is very different since it is, to a large extent, built on the presence of teachers and classes. This high ambition program links with our contemporary context, and is meant for already established teachers as well as those with little or no experience.The program is meant to provide a variety of angles and approaches on how to pass on the Lindy Hop, but also function as an innovative forum for lindy hoppers with an interest for teaching and the perspective of teaching.
 
The program is divided into two different levels: one for potential teachers and teachers with limited experience (Newcomers), and one for more experienced instructors (Veterans). No matter in which category that you might belong, we trust that your general swing dance abilites are at least on an intermediate level. The track is open for both couples and individual dancers, and will be based on a mix of solo work and partner work. For those coming to the track without a regular partner, there will be possibilities to either, depending on your preference, work alone or to temporarily work together with someone else in the class without a partner.

Newcomers
This level is for those who have a limited amount of experience from teaching the Lindy Hop, or maybe no experience at all.

Veterans
This class is for those who have several years of experience from teaching the Lindy Hop, either on a local scene or on a touring schedule.

Available: Week 5