Vintage Swing options


This year we will again provide classes that help gather new repertoire even to the most experienced lindy hoppers amongst you. We will focus on swing dancing beyond Lindy Hop, not only historically and geographically – as back in the days (and without youtube!) people used to dance differently in different places – but also musically. The musical range used to be much wider than nowadays, there where not only ALL tempi played but also other accentuations such as latin grooves or completely different rhythms like Waltzes! A beautiful variety that we miss on today’s dancefloors…
One other thing that we would want to see more on today’s dancefloors is people who don’t consider themselves as a ‘Blues’ or ‘Lindy’ or ‘Balboa dancer’ – but as one who enjoys moving to the whole range of swing music in all its aspects: From the ragtime origins to what dance inspired music became after the actual swing craze. That’s why you won’t see separated floors for different dance styles at Swing Castle Camp, but one beautiful ballroom with skilled musicians and DJs providing the whole variety of danceable music – in all tempi.
Therefore we asked our knowledgeable teacher couples what they would like to teach you besides classical Lindy Hop. And we came up with a concept that allows you to choose yourself what you want to learn from which teacher – and combine the different dance styles as you please.
Each teacher couple will focus on 3 different topics. Each topic will be taught for 4 units (which equals 5 hours) so that you can really dive into that new old style rather than rushing through it in one poor taster class…

What you will learn in 2018:
(You can chose one from each row…)

PETER & KATJA CHRISTIAN & JENNY
#1 One Step
The easier the steps the happier your mind! Explore what your body is able to do when your head doesn’t have to think about steps and patterns… No music is too fast, and none too slow!
Jazz Cocktail
Combining steps and movements of different dances (St. Louis Shag, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Lindy Hop…) to do what music should make us do: just dance!
#2 Two Step
You might have seen Al Minns & Leon James demonstrate it: From Foxtrot to Lindy, from Ragtime to Swing – almost all of the dances we socially do are based on a simple Two Step basic. And the more you know the more you can mix in it!
Dancing Small
Tiny dance floor? No problem. Explore ways to swing your ass off in both closed and open position, even when you don’t have much space to do so.
#3 Jazz Waltz
Forget Vienna and associated affected behavior – next time you hear an Old Timey Jazz band break into a Waltz you can reach heaven on earth and the heart of your partner…
Ballroom Basics for Swing Dancers
For celebrating the music even when the band doesn’t swing: Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot and more!