Courses 2018-06-07T12:05:46+00:00

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!

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.

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.

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 to 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 favorite 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!

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.

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.

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-combining 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!

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.