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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: You can choose between classes in the morning, afternoon or evening. Some of the levels will be offered for all time slots, some of them just for afternoon and evening.

LINDY HOP

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. This level will be available in the morning.

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. This level will be available in the morning.

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. This level will be available in the morning, afternoon and evening.

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. This level will be available in the morning, afternoon 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. This level will be available in the morning, afternoon 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. This level will be available in the afternoon and evening.

SOLO JAZZ

Beginner/Intermediate: You have experience in dancing but are new to Authentic Jazz, or you want to refresh your basics. This track is for you if you are ready to take your dancing up a notch.
– You already dance Swing or other couple / solo dances
– You have probably had some Authentic Jazz classes already
– You may know the Shim Sham or other routines

Intermediate: You already have some experience in Authentic Jazz, are comfortable with plenty of basics and are searching for new challenges.
– You already took 6+ months of Authentic Jazz classes or several workshops.
– You know the Shim Sham well and probably also the Tranky Doo or similar routines.
– You have heard about musicality and may have experimented with improvisation.

Intermediate/Advanced: You have done plenty of solo jazz classes but solo dancing still presents some challenges. You are currently extending your vocabulary, finessing your technique, you improvise and try to implement your knowledge of swing music in your dancing.
– You have done over a year of solo jazz classes.
– You are familiar with lots of traditional steps and you can dance numerous routines.
– You have experience in improvising.

Advanced: You are already an experienced solo jazz dancer and you are looking to push yourself to a higher level.
– You dance Authentic Jazz since several years
– You learn new routines quite fast and might even choreograph your own
– You probably have been in jam circles or performed as a dancer already

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

Level Classes during the morning Classes during the afternoon Classes during the evening Friday Bonus Solo Track
Beginner

X

X

Beginner/Intermediate

X

X

Intermediate

X

X

X

X

Intermediate/Advanced

X

X

X

X

Advanced

X

X

X

X

Advanced+

X

X

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 the first partnered classes, 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.