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Lindy Hop

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 a basic knowledge of the leading and following technique, for example after attending the Monday tasters at Exil, or after completing a beginner's class, or is interested in learning the opposite role. In this course, we will refine the fundamentals of Lindy Hop, learn new moves and experiment with funny variations. It is also possible to join without any prior knowledge, but this class will be more intensive in comparison to regular beginner's classes. 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 April and/or November 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 adding new rhythms, incorporating more dynamics, and diversifying the skills for self expression in dancing in order to be able to exchange creative ideas fitting the music together with the partner.


Wednesdays, from 13.02.2019 to 03.04.2019

  • 19:00-20:15 - Group 4 (Creativity)
  • 20:30-21:45 - Group 2 (Vocabulary) 

Thursdays, from 14.02.2019 to 04.04.2019

  • 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
37073 Göttingen

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 01.03
  • 10 Euro from 08.03
Cultural Office

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 4
Entrance 4b, level 0
37073 Göttingen

Mr Reinert, Department Manager
Tel.: 0551 - 39 35 148

Ms Kaufmann
Tel.: 0551 - 39 35 322

Opening hours

Mon - Thur: 10 am - 3 pm
Fri:  10 am - noon

and by appointment