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Lindy Hop Levels at DJam 2020

You and your booking partner do not need to be of the same level to register. Please check these Level descriptions before your register for DJam. If you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you. Email us at


Apex (Beginner)
This track is suitable for anyone who has been dancing for under 6 months or have only taken one or two swing dance classes before. If this dance is totally new to you then you’re in the right place! (Registrations for this level will be annouced later in the year)
Alhambra (Improver-Intermediate)
Renny (Intermediate)
If you have been going to your local classes for a few months and want to experience a wonderful transformation in your dancing at one of the friendliest international weekends, this is the festival for you and this is the level for you!

At this level, you'll be you'd be expected to know your triple steps and basic Charleston steps. You should be able to carry out well-known figures such as the Passby and Send Out as well as have a basic understanding of the hand-to-hand Charleston.
At Intermediate level, you'd be expected to lead/follow/communicate the different steps and not just triple steps and you are able to combine them freely into basic, well-known figures such as the Passby, Send Out, Swing Out and Circle. You should be able to dance to faster songs in Charleston and to medium-tempo songs in Lindy Hop.
Savoy (Intermediate-Advanced)
Woodside  (Advanced)
You can comfortably lead/follow Swing Outs to a high tempo (at least 180bpm) as well as lead/follow the free combination of steps, triple steps, kicks, ball-changes etc as you are not limited to set patterns. You are familiar with transitions between Lindy Hop and Charleston variations. Moves such as Texas-Tommy, Sugar-Push, and Tuck-Turns and are in your dance toolkit.
Your passion for Lindy hop is strong and you’ve been spreading the joy of swing dancing by taking part in small performances in class or at social events. Perhaps you enjoy showing moves to your friends regularly or maybe even assist in classes.
You want to work on more challenging variations, including different types of turns and spins and you know how to use your arms to both match your movements and add some style to your look.
Basically, if you think you’re an Intermediate-Advanced dancer you should be able to dance comfortably with anyone to any music.

You’re one of the most skilled and experienced dancers in your scene, comfortably able to lead and/or follow swingouts at slow and high tempos, switching between Lindy and Charleston with ease. You travel regularly to dance, both in your own country and abroad. Core moves and variations are second nature to you at a wide range of tempos, and you work on more fancy variations, footwork, spins and turns. You can have enjoyable social dances with partners of all levels, and can still have fun and be creative when the tempo gets high. You neither know nor care how many moves you know or if you’ve encountered a move before, but focus instead on connection with the music, with your partner, and playing with the music together. You love to work on your solo dancing, both for fun and to improve your partner dancing.

Be warned: at times, being in this class will feel like hard work. At times, the pace will be incredibly fast. At other times, this class will be a challenge to your level of fitness and dance skills.

If enjoy spending hours drilling technique and improving your basics, rather than learning fancy new moves this level might be right for you. 
Choose Your Level With Care

Although we do not plan to hold auditions, anyone who is clearly not coping (and often not realising this) will be asked to move to a more suitable level. We want to make sure that everyone has the best learning experience possible.

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Lindy Jazz HQ, Brancepeth Close, Durham DH1 5XL
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