Courses 2018-09-16T16:05:06+00:00

New courses start each September, November, February and May.

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 75-minute classes costs €125,-. Ten classes of one hour cost €100,-
– If you take more than 1 course in the same block you’ll get a 30% discount on the second course!
– You can choose to pay 10% more or less, depending on how economically comfortable you feel.

CurriculumMain 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.

In addition to this, we organise extra activities, such as practice sessions, summer classes and our annual festival Ceuvel Swing Camp. Check the event page for all this wonderfulness.

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 moves 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 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 to speed up 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 practice time after class.

Lindy recursion is for those who have been dancing at least a year or spent a lot 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. If you want to join our classes but haven’t taken classes with us before, then please send us a message so we can advise you on which level will suit you best. We may ask you to dance with us beforehand, or take the first class as a try out, to see whether this level of classes match your and our expectations.

The Busy Beaver level is our highest level Lindy Hop, aimed at dancers who have been dancing Lindy Hop for at least two years, and are up for a challenge. You know all basic figures and can easily lead or follow variations on those. You are interested to nerd out about the technique behind your dancing, eager to learn and improve your dancing. Throughout the course, we will also start to speed up 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 practice time after class.
If you want to join our classes but haven’t taken classes with us before, then please send us a message so we can advise you on which level will suit you best. We may ask you to dance with us beforehand, or take the first class as a try out, to see whether this level of classes match your and our expectations.

The Big Apple is a famous solo jazz routine. Like the Shim Sham or the Tranky Doo, most experienced dancers have tried to master this fun but complex routine. In ten weeks, Ellen will teach the routine and you will be able to join the next time the song is played on the social dance floor. This solo jazz experience will not only give you great insights into the Big Apple, but will also greatly pay off in your partnered Lindy Hop. As they say, counterintuitively: The best way to improve your Lindy Hop is by doing more solo jazz!

As the routine is quite complex, it would be great if you already have some experience with solo jazz. You may know the Shim Sham, or even the Tranky Doo? If not, you are still very welcome, but be ready for a challenge!

More and more people know both how to lead and follow in our scene, and we really like that at AlgoRhythm! So what better than to work together with a group of ambidancetrous people on our proficiency in both roles, and in getting creative with switching roles, while learning more about what the roles are and how they relate? Nothing better.

This 10-week course has 3 learning objectives:
– Improve in both roles, and mostly in your non-primary role (if you have one)
– Get creative with smoothly switching roles with your dance parter at more and places in your dance
– Blending the two roles, so that at times you don’t know who’s leading anymore. For this we will discuss extensively which techniques overlap in both roles, and what the difference is between them, and where in a dance this shows up.

If you want to join you need at least some proficiency in both roles. You have been taking classes in one role for at least a year, and have been practicing your other role, perhaps in classes, perhaps only on socials or in private practice.

The dance level in this class might end up being quite varied, so we will do our best to tailor the class to this fact: we’ll have extra exercises ready for the more advanced dancers that can be asked for at any time, when you feel you need more challenge.

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? We organize a (approximately) monthly practice sessions 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 usually on Saturday afternoons between 14:00 and 16:00. The costs are €5, and usually, plenty of teachers are present to ask for feedback.

Note: During the summer we do not organise any practice session. Keep an eye out on Facebook or on this page, and we will post the dates of the next practice sessions after the summer.