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Ready to start dancing?  Lindy Hop St. Louis has the classes you need!

Our 4 week progressive series start at the beginning of every month. There are 3 classes at each level offered quarterly. Classes for each level can be taken in any order, and retakes are encouraged. Entrance to the monthly social dance is included with each class series!

Classes are held on Wednesday nights at the Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Our next social dance is April 24th, 8:30-10:30 at the Mahler Ballroom. Entrance is $5, or free with your class series!
Register for classes via the tabs below, or send us an email at info@lindyhopstlouis.org to reserve your spot!
Level 1
Swingin’
Wednesdays April 3-24 7:30-8:30

Learn the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance, with a focus on six-count, triple step rhythms. No experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our three Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin', Circlin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order.

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101 Swingin'
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Level 2
Swing Outs 1
Wednesdays April 3-24 6:30-7:30

Learn 8 count footwork and practice integrating 6 and 8 count patterns to expand your dance horizons! This is one of our three Swing Out classes (Footwork, Flow, and Frame) which can be taken in any order.

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201 Swingouts A
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Elective
Patchwork Lindy
Wednesdays, April 3-24 7:30-8:30

This series will teach you how to be creative with the basics you already know. This class will cover new patterns and footwork you have didn't know you could stitch together! This is an advanced level course with a prerequisite of having taken at least two full series of intermediate level classes. You must be familiar with basic technique and movement as well as how to communicate well with a partner.

Prerequisite: 3-6 months experience. Familiar with Level 1 skills and concepts: Pulse, connection, 6 count footwork, basic turns, closed and open position.

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Elective: Patchwork Lindy- Advanced
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Level 1
102 Circlin’
Wednesdays May 1-22, 7:30-8:30

Learn the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance, this time with a focus on eight-count rhythms. No experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our three Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin', Kickin', and Circlin'), which can be taken in any order.

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102 Circlin' May
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Level 2
202 Swingin out B: Flow
Wednesdays May 1-22 6:30-7:30

Refine your lead and follow connection to create fluid swing out movement. Practice using subtle lead and follow queues to maintain flow on a line and in a circle. This is one of our three Swing Out classes (Footwork, Flow, and Frame) which can be taken in any order.
Prerequisite:3-6 months experience. Completion of all 3 Level 1 classes and mastery of Level 1 skills and concepts: Pulse, connection, 6 count footwork, basic turns, closed and open position. Video recap

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202 Swingouts B
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Elective
Become a Better Dancer
Wednesdays May 1-22 7:30-8:30

This is an all-levels class that will make you a better dancer, guaranteed. This class is for those who are wanting to improve quickly, and are willing to put in the work to do so. Will it take time and effort? Yes. Will it be frustrating at times? Absolutely. Will it be an incredibly fun time and make your Wednesday better? Oh yeah.
Prerequisite: 3-6 months experience.

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Elective
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Level 1
102 Kickin’
Wednesdays June 5-26 7:30-8:30

Kick it into high gear with single step swing and charleston to dance to faster music!
No experience or partner required! Come alone or bring a friend. This is one of our three Beginning Lindy Hop classes (Swingin', Circlin' and Kickin'), which can be taken in any order.
Video recap

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102 Kickin' June
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Level 2
203 Swingin' out C: Frame
Wednesdays June 5-26 6:30-7:30

Drill the swing out to improve your form form and deep dive into technique for mastering connection and mechanics. This is one of our three Swing Out classes (Footwork, Flow, and Frame) which can be taken in any order.
Prerequisite: 3-6 months experience. Mastery of Level 1 skills and concepts: Pulse, connection, 6 count footwork, basic turns, closed and open position. Video recap

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203 Swingin' Out C
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Elective
Training the Trainer
Wednesdays June 5-26 7:30-8:30

So you're interested in teaching? GREAT! Whether you'd like to one day teach for Lindy Hop St Louis or would just like to become a better communicator in both your personal and professional life, this class will break down how to effectively communicate information from one on one to sizable group settings. Time management, a good knowledge base, and tact are essential parts to every class. Many of us have taken lessons from teachers who many not have been the most advanced dancers, but were very charismatic and effective communicators which resulted in an enjoyable class; just as many of us have taken lessons from highly skilled individuals who made us feel inept and undermined. This class is specifically designed to show you how to use your strengths, as well as your weaknesses, to your advantage. This is an advanced level course, but all skill levels are welcome. Be prepared for some introspection and to challenge yourselves to be the best teachers you can be!

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Elective
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Core Curriculum Class List and Descriptions

Lindy Hop St Louis offers tiered progressive class series targeting all levels of experience and ability.
Classes in each level can be taken in any order. Students are encouraged retake classes multiple times and will typically spend 4-6 months in each level. Special electives are also offered at varying skill levels, with admission based on instructor approval.
You can also find example videos from past classes here.

Level 1 - Beginner

Prerequisites: No experience required.
    • 101 Swingin’ – Improve technique and expand your 6 count vocabulary with more steps and spins
    • 102 Circlin’– Learn classic 8 count Lindy patterns and shapes
    • 103 Kickin' – Kick it into high gear! Learn to use single step and charleston to dance to faster music

Level 2 - Swing outs

Prerequisites: 3-6 months experience.  Mastery of Level 1 skills and concepts: Pulse, connection, triple steps, 6 count basic, basic turns, closed and open positions, traveling
      • 201 Swingin’ out A: Footwork – Learn 8 count footwork and practice integrating 6 and 8 count patterns
      • 202 Swingin’ out B: Flow – Refine your lead and follow connection to create fluid swing out movement
      • 203 Swingin’ out C: Form --  Drill the basic swing out and learn technique for improving mechanics

Level 3 - Intermediate Electives

Prerequisites: 8-12 months experience.  Mastery of Level 2 skills and concepts: 8 count footwork, lindy hop connection, swing out form
      • 301 Lindy Hop: Swing out variations
      • 302 Lindy Hop: Musicality
      • 303 Intermediate Charleston
      • Additional electives in topics such as Balboa, Shag, and Charleston

Level 4 - Advanced

Prerequisites: 12-18 months experience.  Mastery of intermediate Lindy Hop material.

Advanced practices, performance and competition teams, and workshops.

Tell me more!

Each 4-week lesson series is $75/person ($37.50 for LHSL Members. We are no longer offering memberships, current memberships will be honored through expiration date). 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!

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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.