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LINDY HOP CLASSES

Lindy By The Sea is one of the most successful Lindy Hop dance schools in the world. We think a great deal of our success is due to the friendly nature of our classes, the thoroughness in our teaching, and the fact that we constantly strive to keep up to date with the dance itself.

Goal: To nurture a kind, fun, welcoming, and skilled community of swing dancers.


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THURSDAY'S CURRICULUM
Levels 1A & 1B

Level 1 has two series: "Level 1A" & "Level 1B"
(The A & B series alternate months. You can start on either one!)

What's the difference between A and B? Weeks one and two of the series will have matching curriculum; weeks three and four will have different curriculum. Stay twice and really learn more!

1A and 1B are not sequential; you can begin with either one.

Background: As teachers, we know that Lindy Hop does not come to students overnight. It only comes with good solid learning and repetition (in class) and dancing practice (social dancing). We have always encouraged our students to repeat each level at least twice in order to get really outstanding dancing basics. And now we feel we have a little more incentive for the students: providing brand new additional material for the second time through.

Week Level 1A Level 1B
Week 1 Closed Position
Basic Sendout
Open Position
Basic Bring in
Closed Position
Basic Sendout
Open Position
Basic Bring in
Week 2 Review
Underarm Sendout
Lady's Turn
Review
Underarm Sendout
Lady's Turn
Week 3 Review
Man's Wrap (Belt Turn)
Hand-to-Hand (Hand Over)
Review
Side-by-Side Charleston
Entrance(rock step)
Week 4 Man's Turn
She Goes - He Goes
Swing Etiquette
Free Spin from Closed
Charleston Exit (Free Spin)
Swing Etiquette

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THURSDAY'S CURRICULUM
Levels 2A & 2B

Level 2 has two series: "Level 2A" & "Level 2B"
(The A & B series alternate months. You can start on either one!)

What's the difference between A and B? Weeks one and two of the series will have matching curriculum; weeks three and four will have different curriculum. Stay twice and really learn more!

2A and 2B are not sequential; you can begin with either one.

Background: As teachers, we know that Lindy Hop does not come to students overnight. It only comes with good solid learning and repetition (in class) and dancing practice (social dancing). We have always encouraged our students to repeat each level at least twice in order to get really outstanding dancing basics. And now we feel we have a little more incentive for the students: providing brand new additional material for the second time through.

Week Level 2A Level 2B
Week 1 Six and Eight Count in Closed
Swingout From Closed
Swingout From Open
Six and Eight Count in Closed
Swingout From Closed
Swingout From Open
Week 2 Review
Lindy Circle
Swingout with a Shoulder Release
Review
Lindy Circle
Swingout with a Shoulder Release
Week 3 Swingout with an Outside Turn
Sugar Push
Swingout with an Outside Turn
Back Charleston
Week 4 Swingout with an Inside Turn
Sugar Push Entrance & Exit
Swingout with an Inside Turn
Back Charleston Entrance & Exit

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THURSDAY'S CURRICULUM
Level 3

Level 3: Musicality and Styling By the time students get to Level 3, they have enough Lindy Hop moves to play with and now budding with curiosity about all that styling and musicality they see on the dance floor, and they are ready to try it! Level 3 will now focus intently on musicality and styling for the leaders and followers. How swing music is constructed, and how to know what to do with moves to make sure that you are dancing "to" the music (like a musician) rather than dancing "through" the music (like a train!).

Week Level 3
Week 1 Styling - Men: Kick Ball Change Swingout
Styling - Women: Swivels on 6-count
Connection Exercises
Week 2 Styling - Men: 6-Count styling
Styling - Women: Swingout Swivels
Musicality talk - "What is AABA?"
-Hitting Breaks
-3x8count hit breaks
-4x6count hit breaks
Week 3 Review of Musicality exercises
Styling on Sugar Pushes
-Men: Tap Step -Women: Swivel
Week 4 Styling: kick ball change
Adding on (2, 4, 6)
Walks forward and back
Women: Swivel Swivel at end of 6-count or swingout

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THE TRACK
Orange - Silver - Red - Green - Blue - Yellow

Six Months of Intermediate Lindy Hop Curriculum

"The Track" is six series of moves and material. Each series has a "stand-alone" curriculum. Let's say you are ready to join The Track. We call each of The Track's six series a color: Orange, Silver, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow. To complete The Track, you would simply need to take one of each of those colors, eventually.

The Tracks 2006 - Example
Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Orange Silver Red Green Blue Yellow Orange Silver Red Green Blue Yellow

For example: You start in January (Orange), you would finish in June (Yellow); if you took the classes consecutively. But, let's say you can't find four months in a row, you could take any combination whereby you've hit all six.

Each series in The Track will contain set curriculum covering variations of the following moves: Swingouts, Charleston, Sugar Pushes, Slides, Boogie Steps, Hollywood Style, Savoy Style, Balboa, Shag, Styling, and Stop Reverses.

Students have definitely enjoyed going through The Track more than once, and we are convinced that The Track is raising the level of dancing for our intermediate students. Further, Track students will have more social dance experience during this study period, preparing them for Advanced Lindy classes in the future.

Here's a letter from Steven Smith, student of The Track:

February 8, 2005

Good morning -

I'm still flying high from the Monday Track session - in fact, that series could quite possibly be the best thing ever to happen on Monday in history.

I'm always so impressed that the moves you teach are fun, very leadable, and very musical - unlike some moves taught elsewhere whose intricacies seem to have more in common with building a large parking structure.

Your fan, S




THE TRACK

Six Months of Curriculum

Week Orange Silver Red Green Blue Yellow
1-CONTENT:
Savoy Style
Savoy Style
Skip Up (High Kick)
Savoy Style
Side Step SO
Savoy Style
Johnnie's Drop
Savoy Style
Groucho
Savoy Style
Mini Dip
Savoy Style
Calle's Move
Swingouts Swingouts
X-Hand Inside Turn
Inside/Outside
Swingouts
Basket
Basket w/Turn
Free "hip Catch
Swingouts
Rhythm Circle
Three Wall
Swingouts
Savoy Style
Texas Tommy
Swingouts
Hollywood
Boomerang
Swingouts
Harlem
Reverse
2-CONTENT:
Stop Reverses
Stop Reverses
Swingouts (6-7-8):
Left hand free spin
Derby Turn
Stop Reverses
Swingouts (6-7-8):
Two hand revers
Outside Turn (over shoulder, reverse)
Stop Reverses
Sugar Pushes:
Free Spin
Overhead
Stop Reverses
X-Hand:
Overhand
Endless Tucks
Behind Back
Stop Reverses
Derby Turn
Closed (Over Shoulder)
Stop Reverses
X-Hand:
American Spine
Quick Tucks
Styling Styling
Swingouts (3-4):
Ladies Leap
Man's Lunge
Styling
Posture makes it!
Pike
Words & Music
Styling
Footwork:
Kicks
Styling
Lady Steals... Man does?
"Rusty's Rest"
Free Spin Steal
Styling
Arm Work:
"Up, out, down"
Styling
Rhythm Ideas
Return of "2"
Hitting Breaks
Related Dances Related Dances
1920's Charleston
Related Dances
Balboa
Related Dances
Collegiate Shag
Related Dances
1920's Charleston
Related Dances
Balboa
Related Dances
Collegiate Shag
3-CONTENT:
Lindy Charleston
Lindy Charleston
Side-by-Side:
Charleston Freeze
Ron Special
Lindy Charleston
Back Charleston:
Hip Lock
Lock Down
Travelling
Lindy Charleston
Side-by-Side:
Girl in Front (Stall)
Kick Around
Kick Thrus
Lindy Charleston
Back Charleston:
1/4 Turns
Running Entrance
Lindy Charleston
Hand-to-Hand
Passing Kicks
Lindy Charleston
Back Charleston:
Push Aways
? Man Front
Woman Front
Hollywood Style Hollywood Style
Man's Stop
Reverse
Hollywood Style
Over Rotation
Hollywood Style
Switches
Hollywood Style
Side Passes
No Lookie
Hollywood Style
Quick Stop
Hollywood Style
Dean & Jewell Roll
4-CONTENT:
Sugar Pushes
Sugar Pushes
Tap Step
Sugar Pushes
Kick Variation
Sugar Pushes
Men: Kick-Down
Women: Bump
Sugar Pushes
Joswick Special
Sugar Pushes
Sugar Push Pop
Sugar Push Push
Sugar Pushes
Twist Twist
Boogie Boogie
Boogie Forward
Boogie Back
Boogie
Boogie Reds
Boogie
Suzie Q
Boogie
Shorty George
Boogie
Fish Tail
Boogie
Apple Jacks
Slides/Dips Dips
2-Hand Side Step
Slides
V-Slide
Dips
Sit Dip
Slides
Slip Outs
Dips
Closed Basic
Slides
Slide Through

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THE MASTER TRACK
"It's all about you!"

TAKING YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This eight-week course, developed by Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell, is designed for people who want to bring their dancing to the next level. The focus of the program is on musicality, styling, and individual development. Class size is limited to 12-14 students, evenly divided between leaders and followers.*

Think of The Master Track as a workshop, a master class (rather than a class for dance masters).

TRACK YOUR DANCING

Each week, Rusty and Ron work with the students individually and as a group in a series of exercises and challenges. The students are filmed each week, and the footage is studied as a group (in Lindy By The Sea's traditional upbeat, encouraging, and friendly environment) to examine individual areas of goals and progress. Each week's dance footage is shared with the students so they can download it and track their progress.

The total cost for all eight classes is $100/per student (and doesn't bundle for discounts with other classes).

This course will start up every eight weeks. The total cost for all eight classes is $100/per student.

*Students should be versed in the Lindy By The Sea curriculum prior to this joining this course (Levels 1-3 and at least half of the Track).



Letters from "Master Track" students:

Rusty,

Mind-blowing class. I can't believe what I'm learning from you and Ron. Thanks!

Brian Newbegin



Rusty/Ron,

I have been dancing in the Lindy scene for more than eight years and your Master's class is far and away the best class I've ever taken. I recommend this class to anyone who is serious about becoming a great dancer.

Thanks to both of you for making it such a success.

Scott Giordano



Hi Rusty & Ron,

I want to thank you for coming up with the "Master Track." I look forward to coming to class every week. I love music and I love to dance. I have a new appreciation for the music now and you have taught me how to dance. Yes dance, not just going from one move to the next, but having fun with the music and my dance partner. You have replaced that bored look on my dance partners face with a big smile. Thank you. Thank you.

Jerry Mancini

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THE FEATURED CLASS

Every four weeks, we begin a new Featured Class. These classes rotate throughout the year and include:

Balboa
Charleston (1920s Partnered)
Collegiate Shag
Dips and Tricks
Footwork / Styling
Harlem Style
Hollywood Style
Jack & Jill Prep
Lindy Charleston
Routines:
- Big Apple
- Classic Shim Sham
- Dean Collins Shim Sham
- Jeep Jockey Jump
- Lindy Chorus
- Secret Agent Man

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