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.
- 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.
September 2015 Classes
4-Week Class Series
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 is now closed. Please email email@example.com to inquire if there is room for at the door registration.
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.
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 is now closed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if there is room for at the door registration.
Intermediate Elective Single Classes
Prerequisites: Completion of LHSL classes through Swingouts 2 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.
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.
Follows, email email@example.com to get on the class list!
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.
Leads, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the class list!
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.
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.
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. Pay at the door, no registration required.
Join us for dancing to the sounds of Miss Jubilee 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.