Dance Lessons

If you think it might be fun to learn how to swing dance, you've come to the right place!

Lindy Hop St. Louis offers social dance classes in lindy hop, east coast swing, balboa, shag and other swing and vintage jazz dances. It's easy to get started: If you're new to swing dancing (or any kind of dancing) we invite you to sign up for a beginner class. No partner nor prior experience necessary!

Our beginner classes start the first Tuesday of every month. Register today!

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Each 4-week lesson series is $60/person ($30 for LHSL Members). Online registration will close when the class fills up or 48 hours before the class. Our classes can fill up fast, so don’t wait!

If you plan to take a few classes or come out to more than a few dances, then a Lindy Hop St. Louis membership might be right for you. Members get 50% off classes, free and discounted entrances to dances, and can re-take classes for free! (space permitting). Get more details or become a member here.

Lessons are held in the Grandel Theatre Grand Hall at 3610 Grandel Sq. St. Louis, MO 63108. Registration for a 4-week lesson series includes free admission to that month's Tuesday night swing dances, 8:30-11pm.

  • Gift Certificates: Got a gift certificate to redeem? Contact us at info [at] lindyhopstlouis [dot] org.
  • Member Re-Takes: Are you an LHSL member interested in re-taking a core class for free? (space permitting) Just let us know by emailing info [at] lindyhopstlouis [dot] org and we'll do our best to get you a re-take spot.
  • Questions or problems registering: Contact us at info [at] lindyhopstlouis [dot] org and we'll be glad to help.


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April Classes

Drop-In Classes

Balboa Lab -- Thursday, April 9th, 8:30-10PM

Thursday, April 9th 8:30pm-10pm
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: Balboa Experience, one class minimum.
Join us this Thursday for Balboa Lab, an advanced practice group where you can experiment, explore, and take your dancing to the next level! $5/free for LHSL members. Wear slick shoes-they will help greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

Lindy Lab -- Thursdays, April 16 and 30, 8:30-10PM

Thursday, April 16 and 30 8:30pm-10pm
Prerequisite: Completion of all four LHSL core classes (Beginner Swingin', Beginner Kickin', and Swingouts I and II)
Join us every Thursday for Lindy Lab, an advanced practice group where you can experiment, explore, and take your dancing to the next level!

 

 

 

 

 

4-Week Class Series

Beginning Lindy Hop: Swingin' with Triple Steps -- Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM (Liz P & Scott)

Liz Pund and Scott Lowry--Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm April 7, 14, 21, 28
Learn the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance, with a focus on six-count, triple step rhythms. This class is for absolute beginners: no experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our two Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order, but both are required to progress to intermediate level. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Registration is now closed since the series is in progress.

Beginning Lindy Hop: Kickin’! Upbeat Swing & Charleston -- Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM (Anna & Chris)

Anna Baker and Chris Ramirez--Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm - April 8, 15, 22, 29
Get back to the roots of swing dancing in this four week series on single count swing and Charleston. We will cover this upbeat 1920's dance style along with 8 count swing patterns. This class is for absolute beginners: no experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our two Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order, but both are required to progress to intermediate level. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Registration is now closed since the series is in progress.

Beginner-Plus Elective -- Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM (Liz S & Tal)

Liz Schwarzkopf and Tal Stein--Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:00pm - April 8, 15, 22, 29
Prerequisite: Completion of one LHSL Beginner class series, either Kickin' or Swingin' or equivalent.
Take your 6 count swing to the next level by firming your foundation! In this class you will: Learn how to communicate/connect with your partner, learn a bunch of cool moves to show off, learn how to have fun with Swing physics, and learn how to use the dance mechanics to create your own improvisations! This class is not a prerequisite to the Intermediate series.
$60/$30 for LHSL members. Registration is now closed since the series is in progress.

Intermediate Lindy Hop: Swingouts Level 1 -- Tuesdays 6:30-7:30PM (Jess & Clayton)

Jess Straatmann and Clayton Smith--Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm - April 7, 14, 21, 28
Take off with the iconic 8 count pattern of Lindy Hop: the Swing Out! Named for Charles Lindbergh’s iconic “hop” over the Atlantic, Lindy Hop’s dynamic movement uses your partner’s momentum to create the feeling of flight. Requires 8 weeks of prior beginner classes, comfort with triple steps, and familiarity with 6 and 8 count patterns. Prerequisite: Completion of beginner track (Swingin' and Kickin'). $60/$30 for LHSL members. Registration is now closed since the series is in progress.

Intermediate Elective: Becoming Your Best Dancer -- Thursdays 7:00-8:30PM (Jenny & Christian)

Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt--Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm - April 9, 16, 23, 30
There is room for at the door registration!

Becoming Your Best Dancer: This 4-week intensive will include both technical and conceptual explorations that are geared towards helping you develop yourself as a dancer. Instead of teaching moves and figures (though that will be a byproduct), we'll explore concepts and strategies for improvement and self-directed growth as a dancer.
Week 1: Body Movement. Being a great partner dancer begins with your ability to have high-quality and intentional movement in your dancing. Partner and solo exercises to explore the different facets of movement.
Week 2: Partnering and Connection. We'll look at the technical points of how we match up and communicate as partners in order to lead and follow more effectively.
Week 3: Effective Practice and Becoming Your Own Teacher. We'll talk about building a practice regimen for yourself and how to include self-critique as a regular part of your practice.
Week 4: Finding Your Voice. The ultimate goal of dancing is to have a great time, and we'll talk about how to inject creativity and individuality into your dancing without compromising comfort for you or your partner.
Pre Reqs: Completion of LHSL Core Classes through the intermediate level or equivalent experience
$60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2015 Classes

Drop-In Classes

Lindy Lab -- Thursdays, 8:30-10PM

Thursdays May 7, 14, 21, 28 8:30pm-10pm
Prerequisite: Completion of all four LHSL core classes (Beginner Swingin', Beginner Kickin', and Swingouts I and II)
Join us every Thursday for Lindy Lab, an advanced practice group where you can experiment, explore, and take your dancing to the next level!

 

 

 

 

 

4-Week Class Series

Beginning Lindy Hop: Kickin’-Upbeat Swing and Charleston -- Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM (Clayton & Jess)

Clayton Smith and Jess Straatmann--Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm May 5, 12, 19, 26
Get back to the roots of swing dancing in this four week series on single count swing and Charleston. We will cover this upbeat 1920's dance style along with 8 count swing patterns. This class is for absolute beginners: no experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our two Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order, but both are required to progress to intermediate level. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

May 2015 Beginning Lindy Hop: Kickin', Tuesdays 7:30pm
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Beginning Lindy Hop: Swingin’ With Triple Steps & -- Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM (Anna & Chris)

Anna Baker and Chris Ramirez--Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm - May 6, 13, 20, 27
Learn the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance, with a focus on six-count, triple step rhythms. This class is for absolute beginners: no experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our two Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order, but both are required to progress to intermediate level. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

May 2015 Beginning Lindy Hop: Swingin', Wednesdays 7:00pm
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Beginner-Plus Elective -- Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM (Anna & Chris)

Anna Baker and Chris Ramirez--Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:00pm - May 6, 13, 20, 27
Prerequisite: Completion of one LHSL Beginner class series, either Kickin' or Swingin' or equivalent.
Take your 6 count swing to the next level by firming your foundation! In this class you will: Learn how to communicate/connect with your partner, learn a bunch of cool moves to show off, learn how to have fun with Swing physics, and learn how to use the dance mechanics to create your own improvisations! This class is not a prerequisite to the Intermediate series.
$60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

May 2015 Beginner PLUS!, Wednesdays 8:00pm
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Intermediate Lindy Hop: Swingouts Level 2 -- Tuesdays 6:30-7:30PM (Jess & Clayton)

Jess Straatmann and Clayton Smith--Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm - May 5, 12, 19, 26
Refine swing out connection and technique, practice new variations and turns, and smooth out your transitions for seamless social dancing. Requires completion of Swing outs Level 1. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

May 2015 Intermediate: Swing Outs Level 2 Tuesdays 6:30pm
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Intermediate Elective: Lindy Magic -- Thursdays 7:30-8:30PM (Tal & Liz S)

Tal Stein and Liz Schwarzkopf--Thursdays 7:30pm-8:30pm - May 7, 14, 21, 28
Okay, you know the steps, you know the moves, you know the counts, now it’s time for some MAGIC! In this series you'll learn:
- How to turn everything you know on its head and come up with new ideas
- How to get out of the rut of the same steps
- How to increase your vocabulary without the need to learn new steps
- How to express yourself as a follow
- How to be more musical
- How to transition seamlessly between 6 and 8 counts
We will conduct crazy experiments and impossible exercises that will take your dancing to the next level, no matter what your level is, intermediate or advanced.
Prerequisites: This class is for intermediate level and up. Students should know the basic 8-count swingouts and Lindy Circle.

May 2015 Lindy Magic Thursdays 7:30pm
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The Nitty Gritty

Hold Harmless Statement

By registering for this class, you acknowledge that dancing is a physical activity that may carry risk. You agree to hold harmless Lindy Hop St. Louis, its instructors, Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers for any accident or injury that may occur while dancing or otherwise.

Refund Policy

Class fees are non-refundable but are transferable to another class series if you provide 48 hours' notice of your cancellation. You may apply your credit towards another class series within the next 6 months.

Behavior Policy

In order to protect all our students, members, participants, staff, teachers and volunteers, inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to, sexual harassment, racist or derogatory language, or violence shown to any student during a class or on the social dance floor at a Lindy Hop St. Louis event will not be tolerated, and students who demonstrate such behavior will asked to leave. Depending on the severity, they will forfeit the remainder of their paid classes, lose their membership, and be banned from attending future Lindy Hop St. Louis events. The appropriate action will be at the sole discretion of Lindy Hop St. Louis.

Drop-In Policy

Our classes are progressive and build on the concepts taught in each class. Therefore, we do not accept class drop-ins in the middle of a series.

Video and Photography Agreement

By registering for classes with Lindy Hop St. Louis you consent to being photographed and videotaped at Lindy Hop St. Louis events for promotional use.

Email Notification

After paying for your class, Lindy Hop St. Louis will e-mail you with important confirmation details and class information. You will have the opportunity to opt-in to receive further event and program updates.

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