Dance Courses 2023​

Just as we love dancing we love teaching as well. We like to say that we can make anyone into a master dancer. The proof is our teachers as most of them started as our students in Swing Wings. Age is of no importance when it comes to swing dancing (look at a 90 year old Jean Veloz), and neither are talent and dance experience.

The next wave of courses will start in the week of 27.03.2023.

ATTENTION! One wave/course lasts for 12 weeks = 12 classes.

Basic information about courses 

 

For our students:

  • New level division corresponds to internationally recognized levels and differs from the current (previous) division into numbers. If you’re unsure about the level you belong to, talk to Janča or write to pilot@swingwings.cz.
    CHANGES: Unlike in previous courses, now you can expect more interconnection with music (musicality), and Charleston and Solo Jazz will be a natural part of all our Lindy Hop courses.

What does one course mean? 

  • One course means 12 weeks = 12 seventy minute lessons – one lesson a week

How often do courses happen?

  • Throughout the year we have three twelve-week waves of courses, starting in September, January and April. 
  • Attention, lessons will take place during public holidays too.

Do I need a dance partner?

  • You can register for a course with a partner. In such a case both of you need to fill in the registration form. If you don’t have a partner, never mind. You can register on your own and the system will put you together with the first available dance partner.
  • During all lessons partners change and we do not grant exceptions.

Where do courses take place?

  • At Studio Kafka that resides in  Franz Kafka hospital (Koliště 43) on the 3rd and 4th floor.

How do I register for a course?

  • Registration opens two or three weeks before the start of the new wave. Current schedule and registration form can be found on the page down below. .

ATTENTION!

Registration closes a week before the start of the new wave.

Transition between levels 

Are you registering for a course in the new form for the first time?  

Have a look at the course description and try to rank yourself accordingly. If you’re unsure don’t hesitate to write to pilot@swingwings.cz and Janča will give you advice.

Have you already completed a course?   

In such a case, you’ll remain on the same level with the same group till teachers decide that the whole group moves to the next level. Which most likely means that with the whole group you’ll remain on the same level and probably have lessons on the same day for the whole year, the only change will be your teachers. 

Have you evaluated your level wrongly and you feel like you lag behind?  

Talk to your teacher individually who will help you with possible transition.  

Are you new to swing?  –> NEWBIES is the right course for you.

Levels

Lindy Hop

NEWBIES The course is suitable for all who are starting with swing dancing. It is also suitable for those unsure with basics and would like to refresh them. You will learn basic techniques, rhythms, figures and improvisation elements. We’ll have a look at basic rhythms of Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Blues, so after a few lessons you’ll be able to dance through a social and in the next wave you’ll be ready for any of the dances we offer.   no experience
BEGINNERS (B) This course is suitable for everyone who has completed at least one trimester of courses (newbies) or knows the basic steps (triple step, groove walk, changes etc.) You’ll have an opportunity to dance a lot during lessons and will learn new fun figures, the focus being on techniques that are important for comfortable dancing.  step, groove walk, výměny apod.).  We’ll also tell you how it works at dance socials, festivals and generally in the swing dance world.  you’ve been dancing for at least two months or more
BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE (B/I) Have you been dancing for a while now, do you feel comfortable in triple steps, groove walk and kick steps? Do you go to dance socials and you enjoy dancing? This is the course for you! In the lessons, we will delve  more into the secrets of lead & follow, we will deal more with the dance from the technical side, add a little solo jazz, learn the basics of Charleston and take a look at the popular figure – the swingout and its variations. Have you completed a swingout course yet? Does not matter! The basics of swingouts are never enough, and it is recommended to go through them several times. you’ve been dancing for at least a year
INTERMEDIATE (I) A course designed for those who have passed at least two trimesters of the B/I course or those who can do swing outs, Charleston variations and feel comfortable alternating basic rhythms (groove walks, kick step, triple steps) and dancing to a faster tempo of 180BPM is not a problem. In this course we will deepen our dance knowledge, you can expect more swingouts, Charleston and new fun figures. We will also delve deeper into the secrets of musicality. We recommend going through this course several times, the methodology is designed in such a way that you will not get bored. you’ve been dancing for at least 2 years
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (I/A) Are you interested in the essence of dance and the quality of movement more than figures? In this course, emphasis will be placed on musicality and the development of the individual style of each dancer. We assume knowledge of basic swing musicality, dancing to faster music (190-200BPM), Charleston figures (Hand to Hand, tandem,…). We also expect students of this level to have a deeper interest in Lindy Hop and swing culture, so we will stick to mastering the material discussed in the lessons. Knowledge of other swing dances is an advantage. You can also look forward to developing a solo performance. you’ve been dancing for more than 3 years
ADVANCED (A) The course is intended for all those who can handle the material of the previous courses without any problems and are interested in paying more attention to Lindy Hop. In lessons, we expect greater involvement of students, work in groups and own initiative. We will work on solos, routines, improvisation and working with our bodies. Look forward, etc. for an insight into music theory and history. You can do both roles. We assume knowledge of basic swing routines (Shim Sham, Big Apple, Tranky Doo, First Stop), swingouts to faster music are not a problem for you (200BPM) as well as charleston. Do you go to festivals or workshops abroad, do you know names like Johnny Hodges, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Leon James, Al Minns, Norma Miller, Jewel McGowan? you’ve been dancing for more than 5 years

Balboa

 

BEGINNERS (B)

The introductory balboa course is for anyone who wants to try this dance or to review the basics. No dance experience is necessary, although the basics of Lindy Hop or other dances are fine. During this course we will learn typical balboa elements, basic figures and specific signs for lead and follow. 

 

INTERMEDIATE (I)

This course is for dancers who have already completed the introductory course and are able to dance the balboa at a decent tempo (up to about 200 bpm). We expect them to know basic figures like lollies, swivels and toss-outs and want to learn more. We will focus on balboa technique, variations and musicality.

 

ADVANCED (A)

Advanced balboa is for balboa dancers who feel confident in balboa, can dance even at higher tempos (around 230 bpm) and have mastered the figures. With them, we will focus on different stylings, flavors and fun figures. We will try to find each individual’s personal and distinctive style and we will try to take their balboa beyond the known limits.

 

Collegiate Shag

 

BEGINNERS (B)

The course is intended for complete beginners and for dancers who want to brush up or strengthen their basics. The content of the course consists of comfortable mastering of the basic step in its variations, lead and follow, simple musicality and basic shag figures.

 

INTERMEDIATE (I)

If you can handle the basic step and most of the figures comfortably at a medium-fast tempo (200 bpm and above), sign up for this course. We will further develop the dance with more demanding figures and variations, speed it up and also discuss shag musicality in more detail.

 

ADVANCED (A)

You regularly visit fast feet dance socials and have no problem dancing to fast tempos (230 bpm and above). Lessons will focus on more demanding figures and their variations, work with rhythm and musicality, and more complex footwork. Simple but effective airsteps will be the icing on the cake.

 

Blues

 

BEGINNERS (B)

The course is intended for all those who just want to start dancing blues, have taken a few lessons or tasters and would like to improve their basics but learn something new. Since the basis for any movement in the blues is above all the dancer’s reaction to the music, whether solo or with a dance partner, the content of the course will be familiarization with different musical styles in blues and the possibilities of how to dance to them and what figures and movements to use. We will go through the blues music history (Chicago, Mississippi delta, New Orleans, Memphis, etc.) and learn dance styles and elements that we will use to the music (struttin’, juking, ballrooming, slow drag, shuffles).

Both pre-intermediate dancers and beginners can certainly sign up for the course.

 

INTERMEDIATE (I)

It is a continuation of beginners but it is not necessary to have completed the course (we advise talking to the teachers). In the course, we will expand the portfolio of figures and elements, we will work on follow/lead, communication in pairs, we will learn to dance more confidently, connect different figures and variations and incorporate them into the dance smoothly. We will work on using the whole body, practice and expand the possibilities in footwork. We will come up with different combos and short choreographies together.

 

Special courses

 

SOLO JAZZ 

More info soon.

 

AIRSTEPS A ACROBATICS BASICS

In the course, we will learn the basics of dance acrobatics with an emphasis on technique and connection with a partner, so that you will be able to use the learned airsteps in dance. The course will start from the basics, but it will definitely be useful for those who have taken airsteps with us before.

Important – You must register for the course with a partner with whom you will complete the entire course. It is ideal if you are used to dancing and you trust your partner. We do not change partners during lessons. Keep in mind that minor abrasions and bruises can be a byproduct of airstep training. Due to the nature of the course, we do not recommend looking for a replacement for a partner who will not be able to attend one of the lessons.

Level: not essential, but you need to be comfortable with the basic dance figures.

 

Course Prices

Price for a person and discounts :

  • for 1 course: 2300 Czk
  • for 2 and more courses: a 10 % discount of the final price 
  • discount for students: 15 % (discounts will be added up )

Payment

Courses can be paid for in two ways :

  • Bank transfer to the account number 2600686754/2010. If you need IBAN, please contact us.
  • QR code 
    You will receive the payment detail via email after the registration confirmation. Please make the payment before starting the courses.

Covid section and  cancellation of conditions

  • Missed lessons can be REPLACED in other courses (ideally the same level or solo), but only during the given semester.
  • In the event of force majeure (Covid, etc.), we will proceed according to our current possibilities and according to government measures.
  • If we cannot meet in person, we will switch to online classes.
  • Money cannot be returned, but in extreme cases it can be converted into credits that you can use in the next wave.
  • Please follow the motto: “I’m not feeling well, so I’m not going to class”
Monday
Kafka 4. patro
LH – Beginners 17:30 - 18:40 Ilča & Standa
Collegiate Shag – Beginners 18:50 - 20:00 Alenka & Standa
LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců 20:10 - 21:20 Pája & Kuba B.
Kafka 3. patro
Balboa – Beginners NAVAZUJÍCÍ KURZ 18:50 - 20:00 Ilča & David Po.
Tuesday
Kafka 4. patro
Solo English 17:30 - 18:40 Ben
LH – Int/Adv English 18:50 - 20:00 Pavli & Ben
LH – Intermediate English 20:10 - 21:20 Pavli & Ben
Kafka 3. patro
LH – Beginners 17:30 - 18:40 Míša Š. & Vojta S.
Wednesday
Kafka 4. patro
lh – Beg/Int English 17:30 - 18:40 Blaženka & Ben
LH – Intermediate English 18:50 - 20:00 Blaženka & Ben
LH – Beg/Int English 20:10 - 21:20 Blaženka & Ben
Kafka 3. patro
Blues Intermediate 17:30 - 18:40 Pája & Ľubo
LH – Beginners 18:50 - 20:00 Soňa L. & Maťo
LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců 20:10 - 21:20 Jana G. & Maťo
Thursday
Kafka 4. patro
LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců 18:50 - 20:00 Adél & Mara
Kafka 3. patro
Collegiate Shag – Intermediate 17:30 - 18:40 Danka & Standa
LH – Beg/Int 18:50 - 20:00 Danka & Standa
Blues – Beginners 20:10 - 21:20 Pája & Ľubo
Registrace je uzavřena. Pokud máš nějaký dotaz, tak prosím napiš na pilot@swingwings.cz

Monday

Kafka 4. patro

  • LH – Beginners Teachers: Ilča & Standa 17:30 - 18:40
  • Collegiate Shag – Beginners Teachers: Alenka & Standa 18:50 - 20:00
  • LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců Teachers: Pája & Kuba B. 20:10 - 21:20

Kafka 3. patro

  • Balboa – Beginners NAVAZUJÍCÍ KURZ Teachers: Ilča & David Po. 18:50 - 20:00

Tuesday

Kafka 4. patro

  • Solo English Teacher: Ben 17:30 - 18:40
  • LH – Int/Adv English Teachers: Pavli & Ben 18:50 - 20:00
  • LH – Intermediate English Teachers: Pavli & Ben 20:10 - 21:20

Kafka 3. patro

  • LH – Beginners Teachers: Míša Š. & Vojta S. 17:30 - 18:40

Wednesday

Kafka 4. patro

  • lh – Beg/Int English Teachers: Blaženka & Ben 17:30 - 18:40
  • LH – Intermediate English Teachers: Blaženka & Ben 18:50 - 20:00
  • LH – Beg/Int English Teachers: Blaženka & Ben 20:10 - 21:20

Kafka 3. patro

  • Blues Intermediate Teachers: Pája & Ľubo 17:30 - 18:40
  • LH – Beginners Teachers: Soňa L. & Maťo 18:50 - 20:00
  • LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců Teachers: Jana G. & Maťo 20:10 - 21:20

Thursday

Kafka 4. patro

  • LH – Newbies Úvod do swingových tanců Teachers: Adél & Mara 18:50 - 20:00

Kafka 3. patro

  • Collegiate Shag – Intermediate Teachers: Danka & Standa 17:30 - 18:40
  • LH – Beg/Int Teachers: Danka & Standa 18:50 - 20:00
  • Blues – Beginners Teachers: Pája & Ľubo 20:10 - 21:20

REGISTRATION

Registration starts on 27.11. 2022 at 19:00 and will CLOSE on  21.12. at 19:00.
Registration form you can find here HERE.