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!

Unless otherwise noted, 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.

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.

Unless otherwise noted, 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.
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July 2015 Classes

Lindy Lab -- Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM

Thursdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 8:00-9:00PM
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! $5, Free for LHSL Members.

Pre-Dance Beginner lesson at West End Stomp! -- Friday, July 31, 8:00-9:00PM

Prerequisite: None! This hour long lesson requires no partner and zero dance experience. Bring your friends!
Join us for dancing to the sounds of Robbie & the Rockin' Fools at the beautiful Mahler Ballroom. Not only do they have a great sound, but some of their members are dancers. They are very excited to play for us!

Location: Mahler Ballroom
Address: 4915 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
8pm Beginner dance lesson
9pm-12am Live music and social dancing
Admission: $10 (50% off for LHSL Members and Students who present a valid student ID)

Cash Bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Parking-- *Parking is allowed in lot West of the ballroom* Also, street parking and use of the church lot on the northeast corner of Euclid and Washington

August 2015 Classes

4-Week Class Series

Beginning Lindy Hop: Swingin’ With Triple Steps -- Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM (Christian & Jenny)

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM--Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar
August 4, 11, 18, 25

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 is now closed. Please email info@lindyhopstlouis.org to see if there is room for at the door registration.

Beginning Lindy Hop: Kickin’-Upbeat Swing and Charleston-- Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM (Carl & Liz)

Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM--Carl Hacker and Liz Schwarzkopf
August 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 48hours in advance or when class reaches capacity.

August 2015 Beginning Kickin', Wednesdays 7:00pm
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Intermediate Lindy Hop: Swingouts Level 1 -- Tuesdays 6:30-7:30PM (Christian & Jenny)

Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm--Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar
August 4, 11, 18, 25

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. $60/$30 for LHSL members. Online registration is now closed. Please email info@lindyhopstlouis.org to see if there is room for at the door registration.
Intermediate Elective Single Classes

Tranky Do Part I -- August 6th 7:00-8:00PM (Christian & Jenny)

Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar Thursday, August 6th 7:00pm-8:00pm
Pre-requesite: Completion of LHSL core curriculum and basic knowledge of solo jazz steps like fall of the logs, shorty george, suzy q, boogie back and boogie forward, or ability to pick things up quickly (this class will move fast!)

Classic solo jazz routine that highlights many basic jazz steps and patterns. Learning routines is a great way to improve your overall movement and learn new vocabulary while also grounding yourself in long-time traditions! $20, $10 for LHSL Members.


Tranky Do Part 1 Elective: August 6th, 2015
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Tranky Do Part II -- August 13th 7:00-8:00PM (Christian & Jenny)

Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar Thursday, August 13th 7:00pm-8:00pm
Prerequisites Completion of LHSL core curriculum and basic knowledge of solo jazz steps like fall of the logs, shorty george, suzy q, boogie back and boogie forward, or ability to pick things up quickly (this class will move fast!)

Classic solo jazz routine that highlights many basic jazz steps and patterns. Learning routines is a great way to improve your overall movement and learn new vocabulary while also grounding yourself in long-time traditions!


Tranky Do Part 2 Elective: August 13th, 2015
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Blues Dancing for Lindy Hoppers -- August 20th 7:00-8:00PM (Anna & Liz)

Anna Baker and Liz Schwarzkopf Thursday, August 20th 7:00pm-8:00pm
Prerequisites: must have completed a beginner class series through LHSL.
How can learning Blues improve your Lindy Hop? Come find out in this musicality based class. We will start from scratch with Blues, so no experience necessary. This class will cover Blues technique, musicality, transitions between the two styles, creativity, and of course fun! This class is good for both beginner and intermediate dancers alike.

Blues Dance For Lindy Hoppers Elective: August 20, 2015
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Poppin' Turns -- August 27th 7:00-8:00PM (Jess & Scott)

Jess Straatmann and Scott Lowry Thursday, August 27th 7:00pm-8:00pm
Prerequisites Completion of the first three core classes (through Swing Outs I) or equivalent experience.
Incorporating quick direction changes can make your Lindy Hop more dynamic. We'll be covering a few of our favorite free spins along with techniques for making these movements more effortless.

Poppin' Turns Elective: August 27, 2015
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Lindy Lab -- Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM

Thursdays 8:00-9:00PM
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! $5, Free for LHSL Members.

September 2015 Classes

4-Week Class Series

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

Carl Hacker and Liz Schwarzkopf--Tuesdays 7:30-8:30PM
September 1, 8, 15, 22

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 open August 3rd.

Beginning Lindy Hop: Swingin’ With Triple Steps & -- Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM (Tao & Anna)

Tao Liao and Anna Baker--Wednesdays 7:00-8:00PM
September 2, 9, 16, 23

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 open August 3rd.

Intermediate Lindy Hop: Swingouts Level 2 -- Tuesdays 6:30-7:30PM (Christian & Jenny)

Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar--Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm - September 1, 8, 15, 22
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 open August 3rd.
Intermediate Elective Single Classes

Tandem Charleston-- Thursday, September 3, 7:00-8:00PM (Liz & Carl)

Liz Schwarzkopf and Carl Hacker Thursday, September 3rd 7:00pm-8:00pm
Prerequisites: Completion of LHSL Swing out series and at least one intermediate charleston class.
Note: If you are not familiar with Tandem this class will help prepare you for Jenny and Christian’s Kickass Charleston later in the month.

This class will expand your Charleston vocabulary. We will introduce the Tandem Charleston, which opens the door to exciting new transitions between Lindy Hop and Charleston! We will cover some crazy and fun variations that will both confuse and inspire onlookers! $20, $10 for LHSL Members.

Exploring Leading Styles Class 1-- Thursday, September 10, 7:00-8:00PM (Jenny & Christian)

Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt Thursday, September 10th 7:00pm-8:00pm
The first of two classes offered by Christian and Jenny focusing on Lead/Follow.

Prerequisites: Intermediate/Advanced: completion of LHSL core curriculum, very comfortable social dancing in 8 count at tempos of 170+bpm

In this class we will refine an understanding of leading by using lines, directness, and intention, and from there we will explore the many different possible ways to lead. Often in classes we learn one way, or one style of leading, and in this class we will try on many acceptable methods of leading similar shapes and patterns.
$20, $10 for LHSL Members.

Exploring Leading Styles Class 2-- Thursday, September 17, 7:00-8:00PM (Jenny & Christian)

Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt Thursday, September 17th 7:00pm-8:00pm
The second part of two classes offered by Christian and Jenny focusing on Lead/Follow.

Prerequisites: Intermediate/Advanced: completion of LHSL core curriculum, very comfortable social dancing in 8 count at tempos of 170+bpm, starting to work on variations and creativity

This Follower-Focused class will help you add creativity to your dancing by choosing different shapes and steps, while maintaining strong connection with your leader to remain responsive. AKA--learn to play without disrupting the flow of a dance!$20, $10 for LHSL Members.

Kickass Charleston-- Thursday, September 24, 7:00-8:00PM (Jenny & Christian)

Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt Thursday, September 24th 7:00pm-8:00pm
Prerequisites: Must have at least 6 months of swing dance experience, with a high level of comfort with common Charleston steps (side-by-side Charleston, 1920s Charleston, hand-to-hand, and tandem)

In this class we will explore Charleston as more than a series of steps and patterns, but as a language, which is customizable and adventurous! We'll do fun and fancy variations and high-energy figures so you can kick up a storm.
$20, $10 for LHSL Members.

Collegiate Spice-- Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-8:30PM (Jenny & Christian)

Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt Tuesday, September 29th 7:00pm-8:30pm
Prerequisites: a minimum of two months of classes or equivalent experience.

This class will introduce one variation of the Collegiate Shag basic. We'll be focusing on a number of fun and energetic movements that can be practiced solo and incorporated into your regular single-step swing.
$20, $10 for LHSL Members.

Lindy Lab -- Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM

Thursdays 8:00-9:00PM
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! $5, Free for LHSL Members.

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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