There are 5 lindy hop levels and 2 authentic jazz levels. We do not run an audition at Leapin’ Lindy because we trust you to select the right level yourself. Please read the level description carefully, and if you are not sure what level is best for you, go ask your dance teacher or some other advanced dancers for their opinion.
This is the beginner level for people who have no or very little dancing experience.
To join this class you should know most basic moves like the swing out, the lindy circle or the side-by-side charleston and you should have at least half a year of lindy hop experience. This is not a beginner level!
You have been dancing for at least two years and you regularly show up on the social dance floor. The basic lindy moves are a piece of cake for you and you can dance them properly at intermediate tempos. You want to learn new moves and want to improve on your lead/follow technique. Concepts like connection or musicality are familiar to you and you want to get better at it.
You are an experienced dancer who can lead/follow precisely even at high tempos. At international workshops with auditions, you have already danced in the intermediate advanced / advanced level. You want to do more than just moves and styling and you want to work on advanced technique, musicality and improvisation.
This is our most challenging class. At this level please have some self-criticism. The best advice we can give you is to not rush to get to this level. The teaching tempo here is faster and quite demanding. To join this class you should master an extensive repertoire of lindy and jazz moves at high tempos. You choose this class because you want to be challenged with advance technique, musicality and partner dynamic exercises till your swinging feet start burning.
Authentic Jazz 1 Intermediate
You are familiar with some of the basic jazz steps from the swing era and are eager to get a wider vocabulary and a bigger confidence in how to solo dance to jazz music.
Authentic Jazz 2 Advanced
You should have knowledge and be confident with a big variety of different jazz steps. Learning new steps and putting them in a sequence is not a problem. Your understanding for the music now makes it easy for you to put your own flavor and personality, in terms of movements and rhythm, to what in the beginning could be thought of as “only” steps.