There are 5 lindy hop levels and 2 authentic jazz levels. Except the two highest 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.
Go rather one level too low than too high so it’s more fun for all participants.
Important: There is no beginner level at Leapin’ Lindy 2018!
You’ve been dancing for about a year and you know most basic moves like the swing out, the lindy circle, tuck turn, some charleston variations and some more figures. This is not a beginner level!
You have been dancing for at least two years and you regularly show up in classes and 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.
At international workshops with auditions you dance in the advanced level. In this level dance and technique are taught in a more complex and demanding way. You are able to dance a big range of different Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz moves, even at high tempos. This level is not about new moves, but advanced lead / follow techniques, dynamics, musicality and improvisation.
Advanced plus (Audition)
This is the highest level. You have already participated at international competitions and you teach Lindy Hop at a high level. In this level quality comes before quantity. Teachers will select the best dancers at the audition to create this exclusive level. Audition: You have to register for the “Advanced and Advanced plus” level.
At the Audition: you are assigned to one of the two levels. The allocation will be individual and not in couples. Participants who do not fulfill the level requirements will be shifted to the appropriate level.
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.