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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May 2015 Classes

Drop-In Classes

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

Thursdays May 14, 21, 28 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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. Registration is now closed since the series has begun.

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. Registration is now closed since the series has begun.

Beginner-Plus Elective-All new material this month!-- 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. Registration is now closed since the series has begun.

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. Registration is now closed since the series has begun.

Intermediate Elective: Lindy Magic -- Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM (Tal & Liz S)

Tal Stein and Liz Schwarzkopf--Thursdays 7:00pm-8:00pm - May 7, 14, 21, 28
Registration is now closed since the series has begun.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

June 2015 Classes

4-Week Class Series

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

June 3, 10, 17, 24
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 and students with valid ID.


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

Clayton Smith and Anna Baker Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm
June 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 and students with valid ID. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.

June 2015 Beginning Swingin', Tuesdays 7:30pm
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Intermediate Lindy Hop: Swingouts Level 1 -- Tuesdays 6:30-7:30PM (Jess & Clayton)

Jess Straatmann and Clayton Smith--Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm - June 2, 9, 16, 23
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 and students with valid ID.

June 2015 Intermediate Swingouts 1 Tuesdays 6:30pm
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Intro to Blues Dancing -- Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM (Carl & Liz)

Carl Hacker and Liz Schwarzkopf Wednesdays 8:00-9:00PM

June 3, 10, 17, 24
This new class is open to students with no prior blues dance experience--no partner required! Blues music usually inspires a slow, very connected dance. We will get you started with a 2-count style called the "slow drag" which will take your ease, comfort, and creativity on the floor to a new level, whether you are dancing (partnered or solo!) to blues, swing, funk, soul, or R&B (or even dub-step...). Each class will begin with a focus on traditional solo body movements, isolations, and rhythms for blues dancing. The bulk of the lessons will focus on: creating a solid partner connection; examining what makes blues music awesome; and providing a relaxed framework that allows you (lead or follow) to dance to what *you* hear in the music.
$60/$30 for LHSL members and students with valid ID. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.


June 2015 Intro to Blues , Wednesdays 8:00pm
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Intermediate Elective: Single Count Swing Outs! -- Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM (Clayton & Jess)

Clayton Smith and Jess Straatmann Thursdays 7:00pm-8:00pm June 4, 11, 18, 25

What do you do when the music gets fast, the beat is bouncin’, and you need to swing out hard? Drop those triples and start kick-steppin! This class will cover several swing out variations, including groovy single-step, send on 6, and flying Charleston! Get ready to go all out!
Prerequisite: Completion of core curriculum through Swing Outs II. $60/$30 for LHSL members and students with valid ID. Online registration will close 48 hours before class or when class reaches capacity.


June 2015 Single Count Swingout Thursdays 7:00pm
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Drop in Class

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

Thursdays June 4, 11, 18, 25 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.

Swivels-Free for leads! -- Tuesday, June 30, 7:00-8:30PM (Christian & Jenny)

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00-8:30PM Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar
June 30

Swivels are a super fun and classic variation on the basic swing out footwork for followers. Add some twist and some sass to your swing out as we talk about how to make your swivels technically functional and expressively awesome. Let's get down!
Prerequisite: Completion of core curriculum through Swingouts II/or comfort with the swingout at up to 160bpm. $20/$10 for LHSL members, Free for leads! Leads, please register by emailing info@lindyhopstlouis.org to get your name on the class list.


June 30th 2015 Swivels! 7:00pm
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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

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