Lindy Hop is also referred to as the grandfather of swing. It originated in the late 20s in the ballrooms of Harlem. Lindy Hop was open to all people, age-groups and skin colours. It was danced to the big-band swing jazz music of the 20s to 40s. The music leaves a lot of room for improvisation. Accordingly, a lot of freedom in interpretation and movements is allowed as long as they fit the music. Depending on the rhythm of the music and the tempo, the dance can be wild and spontaneous or even cool and elegant. In the 1980s, the swing dance was "rediscovered" and gained more and more friends in Europe. Since 1998, Lindy Exchanges have been held regularly in many cities to get to know each other and the typical dance style of another city.
Participants of our Lindy Hop Courses can come with partner or alone. In Lindy Hop classes, it is common to change dance partners frequently to learn faster, to dance better, and to make getting to know each other easier. With the "Social Dance" also partners are changed, so that anyone can invite everyone. Mostly you dance two to three songs with the same partner, the first one often to "get to know each other".
Current Lindy Hop Courses
Group 1 - First Steps
for everyone who has occasionally attended the Monday tasters at Exil, has little or no knowledge of the leading and following techniques in swing dancing, or is interested in learning the opposite role. In this course, we will be taking our first steps in order get to know the fundamentals of Lindy Hop and experiment with some fun variations. This class will take place if at least 10 followers und 10 leaders are registered.
Group 2 - Vocabulary
for everyone who has attended an intermediate class, is familiar with the fundamental techniques of leading and following in Lindy Hop, and has a solid basic dancing vocabulary with some variations. In this course, we will focus on expanding the dancing vocabulary with new fun moves and short sequences, in order to have even more fun on the dance floor. The exact contents of this course are different every time so it is possible and recommended to attend this course multiple times.
Group 3 - Collegiate Shag
for everyone who has attended a beginner's class and is comfortable with the fundamentals of leading and following. In this course, we will start with the first steps and the basics of Collegiate Shag. Everyone who has already attended this class in the past can look forward to new material, including new moves and variations. Shag is without a doubt one of the funniest swing dances for enjoying faster music.
Group 4 - Creativity
for everyone who is comfortable and confident in leading and following sophisticated rhythms and variations in dancing in order to adjust to the music at least a little bit. In this course, we will focus on relaxed and creative dancing even at higher tempos.
Wednesdays, from 08.05.2019 to 26.06.2019
• 19:00-20:15 - Group 4 (Creativity)
• 20:30-21:45 - Group 2 (Vocabulary)
Thursdays, from 02.05.2019 to 27.06.2019 (no classes on 30.05.)
• 19:00-20:15 - Group 1 (First Steps)
• 20:30-21:45 - Group 3 (Collegiate Shag)
The first lesson is free to try!
Zentralmensa, Clubraum 5 / Foyer
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 4
Class fees (Early Birds):
• 45 Euro (Students) for 8 Lessons
• 50 Euro (Employees and guests) für 8 Lessons
• 65 Euro (Students) for 2 Courses
• 70 Euro (Employees and guests) for 2 Courses
Additional fees (Late Birds):
• 5 Euro from 17.05
• 10 Euro from 24.05
Moonika is originally from Estonia and has been active in the international swing dance scene for more than 20 years. It all began at the tender age of 11. Mere two years later, she was already taking part in the "World Cup Lindy Hop" in Sweden. She has been participating in tons of international dance camps and competitions ever since. Since 2007, she has been teaching regularly and with her skill and sense of humour she can get anyone to swing, regardless of whether they are 5 or 70 years old. Lindy Hop, Tap Dance, Blues, Authentic Solo Jazz are all strengths of hers, but the one to rule them all is choreographing dance shows. Moonika has been living in Göttingen since 2014 and helping build the local swing dance scene.
Philip is originally from Bulgaria but has been living in Göttingen for more than 13 years. He has been active in the European swing dance scene for the past 5 years. His first encounter with swing was more than 10 years ago, but in the meantime he spent a while focusing on modern street dances, such as House and Locking, which can be considered as natural successors of authentic solo jazz. He rediscovered his love for swing music and swing dancing while attending jazz concerts and festivals. Ever since, it was back to the original street dances - Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Authentic Solo Jazz. He has been attending international dance workshops and events on a regular basis, developing his dancing, teaching, and organisational skills even further to bring the local scene to the next level.
Luisa, Rowan, Wiebke, Eric, Jan-David and Valerian will be assisting us with teaching in the coming months.