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The upcoming Authentic Jazz and Slow Drag and Lindy Hop Improver workshop series will start in April.

… moreover we proudly present “The Big Apple” Trainingsgruppe together we work on Frankie Manning’s famous solo jazz choreography “The Big Apple”. No registration necessary, who comes to the 1st unit is in the group.
Dates: 12.3., 19.3., 26.3., 02.04
Time: 8.30pm-10pm
Location: Landessportzentrum (Jahngasse 3, 8010 Graz)
For questions, please get in touch with Antonia antonia.s@gmx.at

    In the unlikely event of problems with registration, please contact registrierung@thelindycats.at.

    Lindy Hop

    Lindy Hop

    Lindy Hop is nowadays the most well known and most wide-spread among the swing dances which are experiencing a comeback since the end of the 20th century. Created in Harlem, New York, in the Roaring 20s, it soon became due to legendary performance groups such as „Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers“ the most famous dance of the Swing era.

    Building up on its own technique, the dance allows a lot of room for improvisation and interpretation of the music it is being danced to. Thus, every dancer can bring her/his own style into the dance and develop it with their dance partners.

    We offer regular Lindy Hop workshops in six levels. Here is a playlist with songs especially suitable for beginners.

    Collegiate Shag

    Collegiate Shag

    Like the Lindy Hop, Shag has its roots in the 1920s and 1930s, particularly favoured and wide-spread among College Kids – hence the name.

    „…Collegiate Shag exudes youthful exuberance. Its bouncy hops and purposefully gawky, whimsical style give it a fun-filled flair.“ Tamara Stevens „Swing Dancing“, 2011, p. 120

    A little bit of history… from swing dance historian Peter Loggins. Here is a playlist with songs especially suitable for beginners.

    Balboa

    Balboa

    Balboa was created in the 1920ies, concurrently with Charleston and Lindy Hop. The dance is characterized by the close dance pose, and the dance experience is originates from subtle weight changes and playful footwork. It is danced primarily to fast music and due to its space-efficient nature it is well suited on crowded floors. Through combination with moves from Charleston and Lindy Hop, Balboa is transformed into Bal-Swing. Watch this video if you want to learn about Balboa’s history. Here is a playlist with songs especially suitable for beginners.

    Partner Charleston

    Charleston

    The „iconic“ dance of the 1920s, the Charleston still enjoys great fame for its kick steps, crazy knees and other „wild“ moves. You can dance it both solo and in pairs, it is rather well suited for fast music.

    Solo Charleston is usually being thaught in choreographies but the different steps are very useful, if you don’t have a partner at hand or wish to dance alone.

    Slow Drag

    Slow Drag

    Slow Drag is a couple dance from the early 1930s with African-American roots. We dance to slow blues and jazz music. Historically seen, this dance is considered one of the origins of all swing dances. The dance is strongly connected to the music and is danced individually very different, like the music is played in many ways. With the mostly slow music there is plenty of room for individual expression in the dance. There is a lot of call-and-response, the roles can be changed, every dance partner can take the lead. Here you will find a playlist of beginner-friendly songs.

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