Lindy Charleston Improvers Course

Continue your swing dance studies with our level 1.5 Lindy Charleston program!

Know your Lindy Charleston fundamentals? Take those kicks to the next level with our 4-week Improvers course. Go beyond Lindy Charleston basic and get confident on the social dance floor at those faster tempos!

Course Length: 4-week course, 90 minute classes

Location: Academy Studios, 15 Pratt Mews, Camden NW1 0AD

Cost: £60


2020 courses

  • Starting 16th January: 8.30pm every Thursday from 16th January to 6th February 2020.

  • Starting 30th April: 8.30pm every Thursday from 30th April to 21st May 2020.

  • Starting 10th September: 8.30pm every Thursday from 10th September to 1st October 2020.

try before you buy

Not sure this course is right for you? You can book for FREE to join the Week 1 class for a no-obligation trial. You can enjoy the first class, meet your teacher and fellow students, then decide if you want to continue afterwards. Look for the “Free Trial” in the booking area.

what is this course about?

This course is for swing dancers who have completed a Beginners course and are looking to practice their Lindy Charleston fundamentals and transitions, to get more confident about social dancing and comfortable with faster tempos. Our courses are thoughtfully planned & structured to maximise your learning, but our teaching style is friendly and warm. Classes will be fun and relaxed… expect lots of laughs!

what will I learn?

Over 4 weeks this Improvers-level course will revise and polish all the Lindy Charleston you learned in your Beginners course, plus teach you more Charleston steps & positions. You will get to practice social dancing with your Lindy Charleston repertoire and test yourself on faster tempos. By the end of the course you should be confident to step out on the dance floor at any of London’s exciting swing parties.

about the course creator

Sharon Davis is a world-renowned swing dancer who has taught Lindy Hop in 40+ countries. She has created this 4-week Improvers course to give you the best possible foundation. Sharon learned by studying with the original creators and legends of Lindy Hop – many of her mentors were aged in their 80s and 90s when she was studying with them, and have now passed on. Sharon’s life mission is to pass on what she learned from them and keep the flame of this wonderful dance alive.

Photographs by Eric Bobrie.

4 ways our course is special

  1. Learn Sharon Davis’s unique swing dance system. This course is the culmination of Sharon’s 19 years of experience, studying with the legends &  masters, and dancing all over the world teaching and sharing her passion. This course has a carefully planned curriculum designed to fast track your dance learning, while giving you the best possible fundamentals and technique to progress on to more advanced classes and to hit the social dance floor with confidence! 
  2. Unique to this course, you will learn both roles of the dance – how to be the leader and the follower! Even if you later choose to specialise in just one role, having fundamentals in both will make you the best possible dancer. You will rotate partners in class, dancing with both men and women – a great way to make friends! This course is gender neutral. Old school dance for new school people. It’s ok if you have learned your Lindy Hop basics with another swing dance school and only know one role – we will catch you up and make you ambidextrous in no time! It’s not as hard as you think, we promise. 
  3. Luxuriously long 90-minute classes mean you get plenty of practice time & attention in class!
  4. You will get lots of support material throughout the course, including a course handbook, recap videos, practice music playlists and more! As a bonus, every week of the course Sharon will send you an email newsletter, full of swing history so you can learn about the roots of swing music and dance. Each weekly email has an inspiring vintage swing clip, a swing musician bio, and a dance legend of the week.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the level of this course?

This is a level 1.5 course. This course is for swing dancers who have completed their Beginners level classes. You should already have learned your Lindy Charleston basic and perhaps a few Lindy Charleston moves (eg: Skip-Ups).   So if you have completed the JazzMAD beginners course, you are definitely ready to start this Improvers course. Or if you have learned the Lindy Charleston basics with another swing dance school, then this course is also perfect for you. If you’re not sure if the course is right for you, book the first class as a no-obligation, free trial!

I have completed a Beginners Course, but not at JazzMAD. Can I attend this Improvers course?

Absolutely! And don’t worry if you only learned your beginner fundamentals in one role (leader or follower), we will catch you up quick smart – it’s easier than you think!

What if I have only learned to dance Lindy Hop in one role?

It’s ok if you have learned your Lindy Hop basics with another swing dance school and only know one role – we will catch you up and make you ambidextrous in no time! As long as you are open-minded and willing to dance with everyone – men and women – in class, then this course is right for you!

Can I come to the first class to decide if I want to take the whole course?

Yes! If you’re not sure this course is right for you, you can book for FREE to join the Week 1 class as a no-obligation trial. You can enjoy the first class, meet your teacher and fellow students, then decide if you want to continue afterwards. Look for the “Free Trial” in the booking area.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, if you are unable to pay the course fee in full now, then email to arrange a payment plan.

Can I drop-in to this course?

No, this is a progressive 4-week course. You must sign up for the whole program. If you can’t commit to this 4-week program, check out our drop-in Lindy Hop classes for more flexibility!

What if I have to miss one of the classes?

Don’t worry! If you miss a class, you will still get the practice videos from that week, which you can use to catchup. The teacher will also help you catch up in the next class if you need help.

I can't make the first class! Is it ok to start from week 2?

Yes, no problem! Register for the course online, and just show up to Week 2. We will get you up to speed, as in Week 2 we revise everything we did in Week 1 before moving on.

Why should I take this 8-week course, instead of your drop-in classes?

Drop-in classes are wonderful because they are cheap, flexible and fun. But by their nature you will not learn as much nor as quickly as you will in our 8-week course.  This course is a progressive and structured program. This course is more intensive and you will definitely leave this course a stronger dancer. The course has a smaller class size, for lots of personal attention from your teacher. You will be in class with the same students each week, which is a great way to make friends and dance buddies to go social dancing with. In this course you will practice all the material in both roles, leading and following, whereas at drop-in classes you only learn one role. The weekly sessions in this course are 90 minutes long, whereas the drop-in classes are only 1 hour long. So in the course you will learn the material in more depth and have more practice time. And in this course you will have more support from your teacher and bonus support materials, including videos and handouts. The course also has a stronger history-education element, with weekly emails that guide you through must-know swing history.

What should I wear/bring?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow for unrestricted movement. Jeans and a t-shirt (or similar) is perfect. Our dancefloor is slightly slippery, so most students are comfortable in tennis shoes or similar, though you are welcome to wear whatever shoes you usually swing dance in. Bring a bottle of water.

When I've finished, what class can I do next?

After this course you can move on to our Lindy Hop Improvers course (level 1.5) to work on your 6-count and 8-count Lindy Hop. Or if you want to take this course a second time, we’ll give you a £20 discount!