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. Inbedded (two out of 17 classes) in the full-time programs in Lindy Hop are one class each of two dances, that historically have been connected and important for the development of the Lindy Hop: Tap and African. Back in the days, these dances directly or indirectly were linked to and influential on the Lindy Hop.

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 10 - July 13, July 17 - July 20, July 24 - July 27

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

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.

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

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

 

INTERMEDIATEADVANCED – ADVANCED (ONE WEEK HALF TIME)
This combined level covers an entire week but offers only ten classes. It's a mixed level and has no audition, unless many dancers register and the program splits into two groups. The classes, which will be held primarily somewhere in the interval of 16.00–21.00, are first of all 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 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and 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 program links with our contemporary context, and 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 level of the program is primarily meant for not yet so experienced teachers and potential teachers. The track is open for both couples and individual dancers, and will be based on a mix of solo work and partnered 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.

Available: Week 2

 

COMPETITION & SHOW (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
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 for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced.

Available: Week 3

 

INVITATIONAL (ONE WEEK HALF TIME)
This program is primarily meant for dancers with a long and experienced background. The program doesn't come with an open registration, instead we will send out invitation letters to different dancers that we believe are qualified.

Available: Week 3 and Week 5

 

LINDY HOP 18-21
This program follows the general direction of all other Lindy Hop tracks, but is specially designated for students from 18 years old up to 21. The program is new for this year and a kind of prolonged leg of Swing Teens.

Available: Week 2