Level Descriptions

Solo Jazz

An old swing adage is that “to dance with other people, you first need to be able to dance by yourself.” This all-levels track will dive into the world of solo movement, teaching moves and techniques that can be performed by themselves or incorporated into your partner dancing.

Open Lindy Hop/Charleston

You know some pretty fancy moves at this point, but are beginning to understand that technique and well-executed moves go hand-in-hand. You know how to dance with a variety of people at a variety of tempos. This track will delve into the world of teaching technique and movement combinations you need to become an advanced dancer.

Audition Lindy Hop/Charleston

This level is for the seasoned and experienced dancers of Dayton Swing Smackdown.  You haven’t done a “move” in ages, you just dance the way the music moves your body.  This level will make you strive for excellence in all aspects of your dancing.  Level testing will allow dancers to audition for this limited track.

Level Test

All dancers begin the lindy hop workshops by being placed in the open track. Any dancers wishing to join the audition track must appear for the level test Saturday Morning.  The test will involve dancing with different partners to different tempos.  The judges for the level test will be the audition track instructors.

If our instructors feel you should be in the open track, you should attend the first open track class. If you feel this was in error, go to the first open track class anyway; the instructors will have instructions to keep their eyes open in the first class for people that should have passed the level test.

One final note: The level test is simply meant to ensure you are in the right track for the weekend which will maximize your learning experience. If an instructor asks you to change class levels, this is for YOUR benefit, so that you will get the most out of the workshop.