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If you have never danced before, we usually suggest that it is better to start with Lindy Hop. This dance is easier to begin with and contains all the moves which people imagine when they think of dancing from the 40’s and 50’s.
Balboa is a trickier dance to learn as it’s quite technical and dependent on technique. It is much more compact than Lindy Hop in terms of floor space and, despite being danced to faster tempos, appears smooth with few large movements. It is easier to learn once you’ve had some Lindy Hop experience.
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This is where you will find out about our weekly Lindy Hop classes in Lincoln and Louth as well as our monthly Balboa classes in Lincoln and North Thoresby.
All our classes include a beginner’s lesson, an improver’s lesson and social dancing. Classes are taught on a drop-in basis so you can start on any week. However, do feel free to give us a call if you are planning to join us for the first time, as some weeks are easier to start than others.
Our Lindy Hop nights start with a warm up. This is often a stroll (an un-partnered dance). The beginner’s class covers the basic steps, but you will also learn about styling and lead and follow. You might learn more than one move in a class so that you can practise joining moves, but the emphasis is on becoming confident and competent rather than learning lots of moves with little ability to actually dance them.
In the improver’s class you will build your skills in leading or following while learning more complex moves. We usually suggest that you are fairly confident in dancing with triple steps, 8-count footwork and Lindy Hop Charleston before joining this lesson. The class will usually include a short routine of 3-4 moves.
There is time for freestyle dancing between the beginner’s and improver’s lessons. This starts at around 8.45pm and usually lasts for about 30 minutes. There is a further period of freestyle dancing after the improver’s lesson.
You’ll have the chance to dance to a wide range of music from the 30’s to the 50’s and there is a chance to do some strolling too. Many people find that this is a great way to practise the moves covered in the class so that they can be danced confidently and mixed with other moves.
Tuesday Nights at the Royal Naval Association Club, Lincoln.
Except the 3rd Tuesday of the month
You will find more information here: Lincoln Lindy Hop Club
Thursday Nights at the Mayfair Club, Louth.
You will find more information here: Louth Lindy Hop Club
Our monthly Balboa nights feature two classes. The beginner’s class will be ‘pure’ Balboa which means that all moves will be danced in a closed position. The class begins with the basic Balboa steps and will generally feature one move or pattern. There will also be some input regarding styling and lead and follow. Unless you are an experienced and confident dancer, it is likely that you will not take part in the improver’s class for some time while you become confident with the footwork variations and moves which form the basis of trickier moves. Many dancers who are not yet ready for the improver’s class stay and watch or try the moves outside of the circle so that they can join with the freestyle session after the class.
In the improver’s class you will learn trickier moves or join together several moves in a sequence. Often, these will involve moving out into an open position or briefly separating with your partner, which is known as Bal-Swing. There is increased emphasis on styling and ensuring the moves are lead correctly.
There is some time for freestyle dancing between the beginner’s and improver’s lessons. This starts at around 8.15pm and usually lasts for about 15 minutes. There is a further period of freestyle dancing after the improver’s lesson.
You’ll have the chance to dance to a wide range of swing music from the 30’s to the 50’s. As well as providing an opportunity to practise your Balboa, the music is well suited for Lindy Hop and other swing dances.
One Monday Night a month at the Royal Naval Association Club, Lincoln.
Usually 3rd Monday of each month
You will find more information here: Monday Night Shuffle
One Friday Night a month at North Thoresby Village Hall.
1st Friday of each month
You will find more information here: Friday Night Swing