In 2020 we are offering high intermediate to high advanced level of classes. This workshop is intended to help you finally get the personal attention you need to get to the next level.
To ensure the level in the class groups is consistent, we may ask you to send us a video representation of yourself before coming here. If you have the possibility to meet any of the teachers or Swing Step members, they can also help with the evaluation (in case a video is too much trouble). Again, it is important to us to ensure the groups are homogeneous.
You should have at least two years of continuous dance experience. If you come to the SwingSummit and don’t know the basics, we reserve the right to ask you not to participate in the classes. Having said that, we know that time is not the main factor when it comes to progress and it can be inaccurate – your effort, energy and your resources play a crucial importance on how fast you improve. If you have any questions, please talk to us beforehand.
High Intermediate: You know the basics of how to communicate steps versus triple steps and you are able to combine them freely into basic, well-known figures such as the send out, circle, slingshot, etc. You should be able to comfortably lead/follow a swing-out (also to higher tempos), tuck-turns, as well as the transitions between the Lindy hop and Charleston feelings. Your passion for Lindy Hop is strong and you’ve been spreading the joy of swing dancing by perhaps by presenting a small performance, you are teaching your friends or maybe even assist in classes.
Intermediate/Advanced: You should be able to comfortably lead/follow swing-outs to higher tempos – and switch between Lindy and Charleston with ease. Leading and following the free combinations of steps, triples steps, kicks, ball-changes etc. is also in your repertoire. You’ve been working on more fancy variations, including different types of turns and spins and you know how to use your arms to both match your movements and add some style to your look. Perhaps you’ve already taught some beginner’s classes and participated in a social dancing competition.
High Advanced: you should have at least 4+ years of experience. You know that your classes will be hard and often focused on the fundamentals. You are more interested in the clarity of your rhythms and movements than quantity of patterns.
“I have been dancing for 1 year as a follower. I just came back from the Lindy shock university in Budapest were I was in the level Intermediate 2. I have 2 lessons per week and I attend social dance events almost every weekend. I believe my level will be higher by July. Do you think I could attend the camp? Which level?
I would like to be in this camp because it sounds like it is concentrated more on the training then partying, plus it sounds like a cozy and relaxed place to be during the summer with a family atmosphere.”
Yes, we definitely think you should come! The overall level varies from one week to another depending on who signs up, that’s why we will have a level split before the first class. If you continue dancing like you do now, go ahead and sign up for “high intermediate”.
Thinking: note that “time” is not all that matters, taking classes twice a week, participating at week-end workshops and social dancing are more important indicators.
My partner is advanced but I think I am more of an int-adv myself. We would like to be in the same group, can we do that?
Yes, definitely. Come and talk to us before the audition. If being in the same group is a priority and if your partner doesn’t mind being in the int-adv, then we will make sure you both go in that group. But it could also happen that, instead, we will put you in adv. There are a lot of factors going into the decision making, it all depends on the level of the other participants and on how many other people came in couples or groups etc.
There are plenty of other workshops and local classes for beginners and low-intermediate level dancers that do a fantastic job in teaching and inspiring them. Once you have the inspiration and the basics, you start getting lots of contradicting ideas and a feeling of frustration is not uncommon as there are not many opportunities to get answers for questions that arise. SwingSummit is one of those opportunities.
Note: Because of the intense nature of the camp, there are no “escapes” from your ability. For instance if you’ve only danced for one year, and then had 6 months of break right before the event, it will show in a very dramatic way. It’s a bad experience for you and for your fellow participants. If you have any hesitations about this please talk to us beforehand, or describe your experience as well as you can and let us help in guiding your decision.