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Lindy Hop Class Curriculum: Then and Now

 

A frequently debated topic among instructors for their local weekly beginner series is the best way to go about it. You’ve probably heard some of these phrases mentioned,

 

Six count moves?

Eight count moves Without triple steps?

Four or six week series?

Heavy technique or make it fun?

 

… an interesting comparison would be to take a curriculum from an existing scene and compare it to one that existed in the early 2000′s. 

… curriculum from GottaSwing in 2001

next to New School Swing‘s curriculum which offers lessons these days.

 

GottaSwing Curriculum (2001)

 

Description:  An unusually thorough and entertaining Beginners course. You’ll learn over 20 moves, turns, spins and dips in just 6 weeks, plus expert technique tips. Throughout, we’ll strongly emphasize good (momentum-based) leading and following technique, because that’s the key to becoming a superb dance partner. After our Swing I course, you’ll know more Swing moves — AND you’ll have better dance technique — than after any other Swing I course on the East Coast.

 

  • Prerequisite: Ability to count to 6.
  • No partner or experience needed.
  • We often have several Swing I classes running concurrently. If so, you are welcome to attend any or all of them for no extra charge (e.g., to make up a missed class, or for extra practice time).
  • 6 weeks – 1.5 hours each week – 9 hours total. (Occasionally shorter or longer, depending on calendar constraints.)

 

Swing I – Summary List. …

 

  • Good (momentum-based) Leading & Following Technique
  • Basic step – Single, Double, Triple
    • Closed Position
    • Open Position
  • “Simple” change of places (low hands)
  • Arch Turn
  • Lady’s Inside Turns (aka ‘Loop’ Turns) (left side; right side)
  • Sweetheart (2-hand version of Lady’s Inside Turn) (left side; right side) — also known as Cuddle or Wrap or Basket
  • Lady’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Parallels (2-hand version of Lady’s Outside Turn) (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Outside Turns (left side; right side)
    • High-hand version
    • Break through the hands — 2 versions
    • Fred Astaire-inspired version
  • Man’s Inside Turns (left side; right side)
  • Man’s Sweetheart (just for fun)
  • Various Alternating-Person and Mix-and-match Turns Series
    • Almost every conceivable combination
  • She-Go/He-Go (5 different versions)
  • Double Arm Slide (aka Dishrag or Drape) (3 different exits)
  • Simple Dip [if we have time]
  • As far as we know, no other 6-week (or even 10-week) Swing I class comes even remotely close to teaching you this much!

 

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New School Swing Curriculum (2014)

 

…  curriculum  -  two different 4-week series that classes go for an hour each in 6-count move and 8-count moves and both are required to move up to the next level of classes.

Included with beginner classes is something known as Lindy Dojo

 

Description 8 – Count:

 

…. In these four sessions, we’ll focus on basic 8-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.

… You must know all the material in the 6-Count and 8-Count Lindy Hop Basics and Fundamentals Classes before moving to advanced beginner classes.

 

Description 6 – Count:

 

… we’ll focus on basic 6-count Lindy Hop moves for the brand-new dancers, but we’ll concentrate on good technique and connection so there is always something for more experienced swing dancers, too.

 

6 – Count Curriculum:

 

  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • 6 – Count Basic and Rotating Basic
  • Tuck Turn
  • 6 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 6 – Count Circle from Open
  • Send Out
  • Return to Closed
  • Right Side Pass

 

8 – Count Curriculum:

 

  • Pulse
  • Open and Closed Frame (Position)
  • Weight Shifts and Triple Steps
  • Side by Side 8 – Count Basic
  • Follow in Front
  • Leader in Front
  • 8 – Count Circle from Closed
  • 8 – Count Circle from Open
  • Swingout from Closed
  • Swingout from Open
  • Side by Side Charleston Basic

 

Comparison

 

Funky Move NamesReading the older curriculum a thing that stood out to me at first was the unusual names of some moves. After some thought I realized though it’s just because probably some of these names or even the moves themselves may have faded out of the common vernacular. 

…some of those moves have become unpopular such as “The Drape” … or “The Pretzel” from their Swing II curriculum.

 

Time CommitmentNew School Swing asks for 4 one hour classes, whereas GottaSwing asks for 6 hour and a half classes. A total of 4 hours expected for New School Swing and 9 hours expected for GottaSwing it is obvious they have slightly more than twice the time to cover material. However, there is an optional 45 extra minutes each week a beginner student can commit to on top of their courses at New School Swing due to Lindy Dojo, bringing the potential time spent by beginner students to 7 hours.

 

I would say the advantage GottaSwing had was due to the large time commitment teachers could cover a fairly comprehensive body of material. However the disadvantage from a marketing standpoint is that produces a larger barrier of entry. New School Swing’s approach shines in that area because there is an optional component for making more motivated students have a clear avenue to spend extra time to improve.

 

Conclusion: Making a guess, I would assume GottaSwing’s curriculum catered toward dancers coming off the tail end of the 90′s neoswing craze who after watching Malcom X or the Gap Add thought of swing dancing as a series of flashy moves.

 

 

 

 

 

… An … element of some homogenization.

GottaSwing in Boston was (to my knowledge) a branch of the original GottaSwing out in Washington D.C.

New School Swing utilizes the common method of teaching swingouts by starting students doing an 8 count pattern in side by side and continues to work towards the lindy circle, then finally the swingout.

 

 

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– YA Salsa –

February 23 · 5:30 PM 

American Legion Post 346

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

Hosted once per month by YA Salsa, attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

The next YA Salsa Social is   February 23rd,  2014 !

The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

Hosted once per month by YA Salsa, attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

WHAT:

$10 at the door gets you:

Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!

Endless Beverages & Snacks!

A huge wooden dance floor!

The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s

( Issac,  Cisco,  MarcB  …)

Two floors of dancing – Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente !

Cash Bar!

  WHEN:

Sunday, February 23, 2014,   from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

  WHO:

All Ages welcome

Kids under 16, free!

https://www.musicpage.com/descargaranga

FEBRUARY

23 Ellen Rowe Quintet – Jazz

26 Skins and Strings – Jazz

28 The Electric Flute Project – Out of the Box

MARCH

2 George Benson and The Speakeasy Quartet – Jazz

6 The Juanito Pascual Trio – World

8 Itamar Zorman and Pauline Martin – Classical

13 Dmitry Baevsky Quartet with Randy Napoleon – Jazz

14 The Michigan Shakespeare Festival Presents: Eve of Ides – Spoken

16 The Matt Wilson Quartet – Jazz

23 All About the Trio – Jazz

27 Alex Belhaj’s Crescent City Quartet: CD Release of Sugar Blues – Jazz

28 Jazz Master Series honoring Johnny Trudell with the Dobbins-Krahnke-Weed Trio – Jazz

29 Solomia Soroka & Arthur Greene – Classical

Ron Carter

MidwestMusicMafia:

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  • Sunday, January 19, 2014

    5:45 PM to 8:00 PM

  • First Baptist Church of Birmingham B’Jazz Vespers Series

    300 Willits – corner of Bates, Birmingham, MI (map)
    (( Ask for Lynn – MtUp // or Mr.G ))
  • “Krupa”The Pete Siers Trio features the music of the “Gene Krupa Trio”
    Dave Bennett, clarinet
    Tad Weed, piano
    Pete on drums
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    Refreshments will be served after the concert and during this time it’s possible to meet the artists.
    B’Jazz Vespers is held in the English Gothic sanctuary of First Baptist Church at the corner of Willits and Bates Streets, across from The Willits, at 300 Willits Street, one block north of Maple and one block west of Old Woodward Avenue.
    Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. B’Jazz Vespers features 100 minutes of secular jazz performance and 20 minutes for a non-sectarian worship interlude between two jazz sets.
    A free-will offering is taken for the musicians.

    No admission charge. Casual attire.
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    firstbaptistbirmingham.org
    Contact: Leslie Jaquez,  or  Robert Washburn,
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    We certainly hope you’ll join us.

  • Everyone is welcome.—————————–

  • Sunday, November 24, 2013

    5:30 PM

  • American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

  • - – Y A Salsa – Sunday Social – November, 24, 2013 – -
    - – Pre Thanksgiving Party -

    Sunday, November 24, 2013
    5:30 PM
    American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)
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    The next YA Salsa Social is November 24th!

    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party. Hosted once per month by YA Salsa, attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

    WHAT:
    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s(Cisco,Issac)
    Two floors of dancing –
    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,
    Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente!Cash Bar!

    WHEN:
    Sunday, November 24th, from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

    WHO:
    All Ages welcome – Kids under 16, free!

    WHERE:
    The American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave
    Farmington, MI

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-    11-1 (FRI)  Frank Pahl’s Little Bang Theory at the DIA– THE FILMS OF LADISLAW  STAREWICZ…7pm ONLY  http://www.dia.org/calendar/friday-night.aspx?id=4062&iid=
-   11-1  Trio Nomadian at Motor City Wine at 10pm for $5  http://www.motorcitywine.com/calendar.php
-   11-1  Nicole New at LCH at 7pm http://thelondonchophouse.com/entertainment/
-   11-1  Amir El Saffar Quintet at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn at 7:30pm for $10…    http://arabamericanmuseum.org/2013GF_Amir_ElSaffar_Quintet  …
workshop at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Trinosophes,
1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit.
Free admission; suggested donation of $5-$20.   http://amirelsaffar.com/    NTBM!!!!
-   11-2 (SAT)  PD9/Paradise Valley Walk, Orion Township Public Library Lake Orion, Michigan at 2:00pm
-   11-2   PD9 at the annual Scarab Club Ball at 9pm
-   11-2  Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert give a talk on Motown and Jazz at MOCAD at 1pm   in their Gallery Talk Series…free, but donations are accepted
bring some extra cash for their great jazz book too!
-   11-2  Mark Randisi and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra from 8pm to 9:30pm at Toledo’s Valentine Theatre as they do the music of Sinatra…tix $22 to $32
-  11-2  Wayne Shorter Quartet and the DSO at Orchestra Hall in Detroit at 8pm with tix starting at $36
Shorter is always NTBM!
-   11-3 (SUN)  Scott Gwinnell Tentet at the DIA in a tribute to Pepper Adams
=   this will be in the Lecture Hall, but check again when you come  NTBM!
-  11-3  Detroit All-Stars/New Beginnings Ensemble at Detroit’s St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph ’s Church as the play the music of Douglas Halladay at 4pm..$15 adv/$20
www.dso.org   and can be purchased at the DSO box office
8850 Woodward @ Holbrook
Look at this link!  Who’s who of Detroit jazz!
HEADS UP:
a.       11-5 (TUES)  Shofar at Kerrytown at 8pm  Klezmer meets free jazz!  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/shofar_11_12132/
NTBM!
b.      11-5  Eric Boeren Quartet featuring HAN BENNIK!!!!  Also, Michael Moore and Wilbert De Joode!   NTBM   At Trinosophes
and  see here for times/cover charge
c.       11-6 (WED)  master percussionist Bill Summers, bring his new Latin Jazz Sextet to Cliff bell’s with doors at 7pm and show at 9pm see the link for a link to buy advanced tix at Brown Paper Tickets for $21.69 to $32.04 (the cheapest/fairest fee-based ticket service on the web)
d.      11-8 (FRI) Ralph Peterson Unity Organ Project
featuring Craig Handy, Josh Evans and new kid on the block, B-3 organist, Jake Sherman…Marc says NTBM!  See the attachment above…$30 general admission with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the Detroit Northwest Activities Center…this is the inaugural event of the new Jazz At The Centre curated by Skip Norris who has lined up some HOT, HOT, HOT gigs in the coming months of heavy hitters!  (Photos during first song only)  tix at
18100 Meyers @ Curtis
e.      11-8  Omar Sosa at the DIA…one of the greatest shows I have ever seen at the DIA…one of the best pianists on the planet with a KILLER band to boot…NTBM!
7:00pm full concert ONLY (no 8:30 set)
f.        11-9 (SAT)  Omar Sosa at Kerrytown at 7pm and 9pm (these are 2 separate sets—not one concert)  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/omar_sosa_11_12132/
g.       11-9  Steve Lehman Octet at  UMS in Ann Arbor @ the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for $25 or $35  http://ums.org/performances/1314-steve-lehman-octet
h.      11-10 (Sun)  Bryn Roberts Trio at Kerrytown at 7pm
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i.         11-18 (MON)  William Hooker Band at Trinosphes…great avant jazz drummer!
j.        11-19 (TUES)  Guitarist Mike Stern and his band at the Jazz Café…suggest you hop on tix asap as they are selling fast  http://www.musichall.org/events/Mike-Stern  tix are $30adv/$40 door
k.       11-20 (WED)  Kayhan Kalhor at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 7:30pm  Incredible music from Persia/Turkey http://www.clevelandart.org/events/music-and-performances/performing-arts-series/kayhan-kalhor
l.         11-22 (FRI)  Diego Rivera Sextet (cd release gig) at Kerrytown at 8pm   http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/diego_rivera_1213211/
m.    11-24 (SUN)  Brooklyn Rider with Bela Fleck at UMS  at 4pm at Rackham Aud.  http://ums.org/performances/1314-brooklyn-rider   Contempo Classical stuff
n.      11-29  Rebetiki Istoria (Greek Folk World Music) at 7:30pm at the Arab-American Museum  http://arabamericanmuseum.org/2013GF_Rebetiki-Istoria
o.      Friday at the DIA…please look at the link for acts scheduled to January and I plan on doing a majority of them!
- Grand Band on 12-13 is a SIX Piano group…an all-piano sextet doing Modern Classical stuff…
p.      12-7 (SAT)  Tatsuya Nakatani’s NGO  Nakatani Gong Orchestra at Trinosophes! http://www.hhproduction.org/TATSUYA_NAKATANI_WORKS.html
q.      12-8 (SUN)   Jon Faddis   5pm for $10
you might be able to catch a double header with the next concert….)
r.        12-8  Dave Douglas Quintet at Kerrytown at 7pm
s.       12-12 (THUR)  To Hit! (percussion duo)…doing contemporary classical stuff at Kerrytown at 8pm http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/hit_2013/
t.        12-14 (SAT)  The Cookers featuring Billy Harper (see “d”)…part of this series…more info to come!
u.      12-20 (FRI)  Doug Halladay/Gary Schunck latin Jazz experience at Kerrytown at 8pm http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/halladay_schunk_latin_11_12132/
v.       12-22 (SUN)  Glenn Tucker’s A Jazz Nativity …I caught this one last year and loved it!  At 7pm at Kerrytown  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/glenn_tucker_jazz_nativity11/
w.     1-17 and 18  Kronos Quartet (these will be DIFFERENT programs on each day)…8pm at the Power Center at UNS in Ann Arbor
x.       1-19 (SUN)  The Whammies featuring Han Bennink!  Doing the music of Steve Lacy…NTBM!  Kerrytown at 7:30pm
y.       1-30 (Thur)  Fred Hersch Trio at UMS at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at 7:30pm
z.       1-31 (FRI)  Chembo Corniel Band at the Jazz Café at 8 and 10pm for $30 adv/$40 door  KILLER Latin jazz!   http://www.musichall.org/events/Chembo-Corniel
aa.   2-6 (THUR)  The Music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans at Orchestra Hall with orchestra led by Vince Mendosa and all start jazz cast…see link…I’m HERE!
bb.  2-7 (FRI)  Imani Winds…a killer contemporary/Modern Classical group at Music Hall (main stage at 8pm)  http://www.musichall.org/events/Imani-Winds
cc.    2-7  Kremerata Baltica featuring violinist Gideon Kremer at UMS in Ann Arbor at 7:30pm at Hill Aud  http://ums.org/performances/1314-kremerata-baltica
Modern Classical
dd.  2-12  Omer Avital Quartet featuring Joel Frahm at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing at 7;30pm…road trip! http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/omer-avital
ee.  2-16 (SUN) The Spring Quartet:  Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano,Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese will  join in this special quartet  NTBM!  7:30pm only  at the main stage at Music Hall
tix are $30, $40 and $50
ff.     3-1  Fred Frith at Trinosophes…master avant guitarist
gg.   3-1  Terence Blanchard & Friends at Orchestra Hall
hh.  3-13 (THUR)  Dmitry Baevsky Kerrytown at 8pm  NTBM!
ii.       3-14 (FRI)  Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and Pedrito Martinez Group at UMS at Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor at 8pm
jj.      3-16 (SUN)  Matt Wilson Quartet at 7pm at Kerrytown
kk.   3-21 (FRI)  Asif Khan: The Music of Pakistan at UMS in Ann Arbor at 8pm
ll.       3-27 (THUR)  Newport Jazz festival!  Now 60!  Led by Anat Cohen at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing  http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/newport-jazz-festival
mm.                      3-30 (Sun)  Jazz @ Lincoln Center featuring Wynton Marsalis at UMS Hill Aud at 4pm  http://ums.org/performances/1314-jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra-with-wynton-marsalis
nn. 
4-4 (FRI)  MyCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard at Orchestra Hall
oo.  4-19  Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet with Dave Rempis, Keefe Jackson, Frank Rosaly and Nate McBride at Trinosophes   NTBM!
pp.  4-24 (THUR)  Cryille Aimee & Friends at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing at 6;30pm   http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/cyrille-aimee

Thank You -

Dave Lundin
Marc Andren
Sally Bolle

Put on some strange clothes – - October 27 – YA Salsa Sunday Social – -

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  • American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (  MU - map)

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    The next YA Salsa Social is October 27th 2013 !

    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

    Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,

    attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

    WHAT:

    $10 at the door gets you:

    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!

    Endless Beverages & Snacks!

    A huge wooden dance floor!

    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s(Cisco,Issac)

    Two floors of dancing –

    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

    Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente!Cash Bar!

    WHEN:

    Sunday, October 27, 2013 – 5:30 PM

    WHO:

    All Ages welcome  – Kids under 16, free!

    WHERE:

    The American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave
    Farmington, MI

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ORQUESTA LA INSPIRACION
Thursday, OCTOBER 17th, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
SALSA DANCE PARTY,  
$5 suggested donation
(Latin Dance instruction provided prior to 8pm)
Food available to purchase
Student Center – Ballroom A
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
358 EMU Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 
SPONSORED BY THE Center for Multicultural Affairs
 

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Orquesta La Inspiracion.

Led by Puerto Rican-born congero Ozzie Rivera and music director-pianist Bill Meyer, this 10-piece unit honors the traditions of merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz while forging new directions in Latin music.

Raised in Detroit, Rivera is a longtime cultural activist and social worker. He’s studied Afro-Latino music for more than 30 years. “Music with heavy drumming helps people get into a different, spiritual plane,” says Rivera. “If it’s not putting you in a trance, it’s not doing its job.” That sounds pretty inspirational.
Meyer is a key component of Detroit’s jazz community, an activist and leader of his own bands. His long list of associates includes luminaries such as George Burns, Smokey Robinson, Cab Calloway, Burt Bacharach, Nipsey Russell, Natalie Cole and Savion Glover. 

Inspiracion is a mighty river of Latin sounds with strong old- and new-school currents.
Singer Figueroa and trumpeter Bob Mojica each have more than 40 years’ experience in the salsa and jazz inferno.
Saxophonist Chris Kaercher is deeply funky, having spent time with the likes of the Temptations, James Brown, Lou Rawls, the Manhattans, and the Spinners.
Bassist Steve Backus is known for his R&B bass grooves with Detroit band Jocelyn B and the Detroit Street Players.
Singer Armando Vega has that youthful spirit.
 The experiences of percussionists Gregory “Greco” Freeman and Javier M. Barrios range from Detroit jazz and soul to salsa and reggae.
Songbirds Dulce Checkler and Consuela Lopez bridge the old and new, going deeply into African call-and-response vocals, as well as the latest salsa and soul hybrids.
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