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. The different programs will also briefly touch base with some close relatives to the Lindy Hop such as Tap, African and partnered Mambo.
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).
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).
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.
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 two tracks are 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 together with a temporary partner from the class.
This level is for those who have a limited amount of experience from teaching the Lindy Hop, or maybe no experience at all.
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.