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Levels

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When you sign up to the Chase Festival workshop, we will ask you to register to a specific level. Note: we have classes during the day and during the evening. Some of the levels will be offered both during the day and evening, some of them just during the day!

Beginner (Newbie): If you have never danced before or if you are not quite comfortable yet with the basics, this is the level for you! Your teachers will take you through the fundamentals of the dance in a fun and easy way. Already after the first day you will be able to swing across the dance floor with the new cool things you’ve learned in class. Level will be available during the day.

Beginner/Intermediate: If you have taken some beginner courses and want to experience your first international workshop in a friendly and fun environment, this is the camp and level for you! You should already know the basic side-by-side movements in Lindy Hop and Charleston, transition into open position and a few of the classic passes or moves. You should have at least 4 months of experience. Level will be available during the day.

Intermediate: You know the basics of how to communicate steps versus triple steps and you are able to combine them freely into basic, well-known figures such as the sling-shot, send out and circles. You should be able to both dance to faster songs in Charleston feeling and to medium-tempo songs in Lindy hop feeling. Level will be available during the day.

Intermediate/Advanced: You should be able to comfortably lead/follow swingouts (also to higher tempos), tuck-turns, and transitions between Lindy hop and Charleston feeling. Variations like Texas-tommy, sugar-push, and some other fancy steps are on your menu. Your passion for Lindy hop is strong and you’ve been spreading the joy of swing dancing by presenting a small performance, you are teaching your friends or maybe even assist in classes. Level will be available both during the day and evening.

Advanced: You should be able to comfortably lead/follow swingouts to higher tempos – and switch between Lindy and Charleston with ease. Also, leading and following the free combination of steps, triples steps, kicks, ball-changes etc. is in your repertoire. You’ve been working on more fancy variations, including different types of turns and spins and you know how to use your arms to both match your movements and add some style to your look. Perhaps you’ve already taught some beginner’s classes, won a Jack’n’Jill competition, or attracted attention in a performance. Basically, you’re an advanced dancer and able to dance comfortably with pretty much anyone to any music. Level will be available both during the day and evening.

Advanced+: You should have at least 5+ years of experience. You know that your classes will be hard and often focused on the fundamentals. You are more interested in the clarity of your rhythms and movements rather than quantity of patterns. Level will be available during the day.

Here is a summary table of the different packages & levels. It shows that the specific package includes which levels:

Level Classes during the day Classes during the evening Friday Bonus Track
Beginner

X

Beginner/Intermediate

X

Intermediate

X

Intermediate/Advanced

X

X

X

Advanced

X

X

X

Advanced+

X


Auditions… or rather Level adjustment

We know, nobody likes auditions… neither do we!
That’s why we came up with a new way of giving you the best possible learning group. We have designed the schedule in such a way that you will go directly to your first class of the level you signed up for. During these first class, you will get a feel for the group. If at the end of this class, the teachers feel that you should change level, they will address you directly.

German Swing Dance Society e.V Am Kronenburger Hof 3, 69221 Dossenheim, Deutschland Email: info@chasefestival.com Have you ever dreamed of being able to dance just like the Lindy hoppers in the vintage clips? That’s what the Chase Festival is all about: combining Lindy hop roots and history with present time dance technique – taking the best from the old days and bringing it into the now. Contact / AGB / Impressum / imprint