Curriculum

Below you’ll find descriptions of the courses we teach. We don’t teach each course in every block, have a look at the schedule to see which courses are offered right now.

– Each course of 10 one-hour classes costs €100,-
– If you take more than 1 course in the same block you’ll get a 30% discount on the second course!

Curriculum

Main course
The curriculum for the first year is fixed, it consists of 4 courses: Lindy 1 – 4. After that, in Lindy Recursion, a variety of topics will be taught, depending on the students in the course.

Extra’s
Besides the main courses you can take a level higher or lower, ask your teacher for recommendations.

Some of the block we also offer other courses, e.g. solo and partner routines or a role switching class. See the scheme on the left for recommendations about when to take the extra courses.

Course Descriptions

This course is your starting point for dancing Lindy Hop. You will learn the basics of swing partner dancing: leading, following and improvising with your first moves. Before you know it you’ll be ready to join the dance floor at one of the weekly Lindy Hop parties in Amsterdam.

During the classes we change partners, so everybody will get to dance with all the leaders or all the follows. This is the best way to learn how to lead and follow, and it means it is not necessary to sign up with a partner.

Lindy 2 is for those who have done the Lindy 1 course, or have about 2 months experience elsewhere. In this course we solidify the basic techniques you’ve learned in Lindy 1, by using them in new moves. And we’ll introduce you to some of the classic must-have move like Swing-outs and Lindy circles.

For Lindy 3 you should have been dancing for about 5 months, In this course we will extend the vocabulary that you have built up, keep working on our swing-outs, add some charleston and do some technical training: bouncing and turning. And last but not least: have a lot of fun!

Lindy 4 is the last course in your first year of Lindy Hop. We will go over everything you’ve learned in the first year and work on the more subtler detail of your dancing. And last, but certainly not least, we’ll add some new fancy and shiny things on top of all that technique!

In the Recursion classes we will work on a techniques such as posture, bounce, rotation, stretch and connection and dive into it a little deeper. With this deeper technical knowledge we’ll be able to dance fancier and fancier moves. Throughout the course we will also start upping the tempo! There’s a lot of flexibility, feel free to suggest specific topics. If you have a bit of experience in both leading and following we encourage you to switch roles between classes, or dance the material in the other role during the practise time after class.

Lindy recursion is for those who have been dancing at least a year or spent a lots of hours on the social dance floor. In this course we will assume you know the basics of both Lindy-Hop and Charleston, including swing-outs.

We’re going to make a showcase performance! We will teach a routine that combines both partner and solo dancing. So you’ll learn some fancy moves to bring to the social floor, work on musicality and be part of a group and work on a routine together.

The result can be seen on the ‘Lindy-Hop’ page!

“Partner Shim Sham? But the Shim Sham is a solo routine..”
That used to be true.. but we made it into a partnering one!

In this course you will learn the shim sham (solo version), but also learn how incorporate the classic moves of this famous routine in your partner dancing. Which will result in a partner routine that can be danced as an alternative to the solo Shim Sham!

There will also be room in the course for addressing how-to-incorporate-solo-moves-in-partnering-questions. So look up your favourite video’s with cool solo-dancing incorporations (or anything else you want to learn), send them to us, and we can put this fanciness in the course!

Some of our classes have a ‘Switch extension’ directly after. It is exactly the same class, but everyone is invited to take it as the other role! Leaders learn the same material as a follow and followers learn the same material as a lead. If you already feel very comfortable in one of the roles, you could also just take the Switch extension class to learn the other role.

Never danced blues before? Then this class is for you! In this course you’ll learn the basics of blues dancing: the pulse, dancing with a partner, leading and following, the basic footwork and some fun variations so you can show off on the dance floor!

If you already have some experience dancing blues then you can join this course. You’ll learn new moves to show off with and work on your technique to make every dance feel smooth.

In this solo jazz class, we’ll start with building your vocabulary of classic jazz moves, work on your confidence to improvise, and use all this to create your own choreography.

Each class will have these three elements in varying amounts:

  • Extending your vocabulary and work on technical basics
  • Free yourself up: improvise, feel the music and express yourself
  • Build your choreography

If you want, you can perform the choreography you will have created by the end of the course at the next Call and Response party!

LEADS:
As a lead it can be difficult to use your full vocabulary on the social floor: you’re capable of doing a lot of moves, but some of them hide in the back of your mind, or seem hard to fit in. In this class we work on combining, re-combinging and remembering what you know, in addition to using what you already know to get creative and do something of your own invention.

We’ve created a structured way for everyone to keep themselves challenged at their own level. In this class, you will find out for yourself what your next step is, helped by the overall structure we provide for making exercises.

FOLLOWS:
For most of the class the leads are working individually at their own challenge level according to the provided structure. This frees up the teachers to give a lot of personal attention. So we’ll have time to provide each follow with feedback and footwork variation exercises!

SWITCH OPTION: Due to the flexible structure of this class, it is possible to practice both roles if you want. Make sure to sign up with a partner who wants to switch roles as well, to keep the class balanced!

You’re welcome to take these classes if you have dance experience elsewhere.

Intensive course for active social dancers who are eager to learn faster. Participants play an active role in learning process. Focus on musicality, connection, frame, styling while learning new material. Since this class is rather intensive there are two requirements for joining: You must be eager to learn and be an active social dancer.

During the scheduling process many more cool class concepts have been suggested that seemed to be more suited to single workshops than a full set of classes. We hope to plan the following weekend workshops with time to practice on your own afterwards:

  • Swing-out training
  • Solo Jazz: ‘Shouting Blues’
  • Social dancing skills: Floor craft, stealing and jamming!
  • Charleston drill
  • Guided practice sessions

Do you also want to train your ass off, but do you have a hard time finding a time and place to do so, or the people to share this with? From March onwards AlgoRhythm will organise a biweekly practice session where you can come to improve your swing dance technique, musicality, vocabulary, and all the other things your learning swing dance heart desires!

You are welcome with or without a partner. No need to sign up! The AlgoRhythm studio will be a practice space between 19.15 and 21.00h, and we usually have dinner beforehand (18.30h). The costs are €5, and usually plenty of teachers are present to ask for feedback. Planned practice sessions: 31 March; 14 April; 28 April (fast-feet edition), 12 May, 9 June, 23 June 2017. Check our Facebook page for the themes and extra information.