Remind yourself of the names of the course moves with these handy lists! Scroll down or click on the links here to go to the list.
The Swing Dance Company is best known for its popular 10 week Swing Jive Courses. Starting with a free trial on its Absolute Beginners Course, thousands of dancers from Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex have learnt these course moves over the last two decades.
The courses have been carefully crafted to allow a progressive pathway. New beginners don’t require any previous dancing knowledge. The Absolute Beginners course includes simple course moves and minimal footwork.
Our intermediate level sees similar, but slightly more challenging, course moves and simple new footwork rhythms are introduced.
By the Intermediate level our dancers often ask, “Can we learn the moves that help make dancing to faster music easier?”. Our Intermediate course achieves this; the 6-beat basic rhythm has a quick-quick-slow-slow pattern.
Everybody’s favourite, the Charleston is also added towards the end of the Intermediate course. These rhythms help give leaders “thinking time”, really important to help plan the next move!
Most dancers start the Inters Plus level after 1 year of courses. These courses take you a little further, with more Charleston and 6-beat based moves, more complex variations on Beginner and Intermediate course moves and a few flashy moves, such as seducers, dips and tricks.
These courses were designed as a pathway for non-dancers to learn jive and swing style without being overwhelmed by the technical challenges that lindy hop presents for new beginners. However these courses have given birth to their own dance style, “SwingJive” a fusion dance style and a term not in common use until our courses began in 2002.