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, originally 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 also 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 five classes will take place on Saturday (three classes) and Sunday (two classes). For ambitious proselytes feeling inspired on Sunday afternoon, there are often possibilities to prolong the Herräng visit by registering for BeginnersIntermediate one-week full time programme starting on Sundays.

Available: 15 July - 18 July, 22 July - 25 July

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

 

BEGINNERINTERMEDIATE (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
You have been to a handful of classes, practiced a bit on on your own, have the basic six- and eight counts under control, and at least a few months of general experience. This level indicates an understanding of the fundamentals and a basic ability to dance on a social floor. Please avoid signing up for this programme if you are a beginner; please choose any of the beginner weekends instead.

Available: Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3

 

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 (eight counts, six counts, Charlestons, jig walks et cetera) are familiar to you, as well as the fundamentals of lead- and follow. This level will both offer quality time around fairly basic material, but will also try to lift the dance form from a simple execution of steps into a rhythmical flow of music.

Available: Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3

 

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 should be reasonably convincing. Some faster tempi might very well appear on top of new rhythm variations and personal interpretations. This level will provide semi-guided tours into the overall landscape of rhythmical musicality in general.
 
Please notice that the registrations for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced both include a mutual audition. When applying for either of these programmes, please sign up for Lindy Hop IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced at the registration page on My Herräng.

Available: Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3

 

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 itself.

Please notice that the registrations for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced both include a mutual audition. When applying for either of these programmes, please sign up for Lindy Hop IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced at the registration page on My Herräng.

Available: Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3

 

COMPETITION & SHOW (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
This special programme 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 programme is meant for couples who are on at least a general IntermediateAdvanced level (there will be a small audition performed separating less experienced dancers from more experienced dancers into two different groups). No partner rotation will be performed.
The classes will focus around the stage aspects of dancing including execution, presence, partner work, choreographies and other general material (including basic air-steps) as well as exercises around spotlight situations. The programme will furthermore deal with all kind of tempi and colours of the dance form. For this programme, you must sign up together with a partner. Please refer to the Lindy Hop level descriptions for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced.

Available: Week 2