LINDY HOP LEVELS
If you match most of the Profile descriptions, then the level should be suitable for you. You will be able to learn a lot, before moving on into higher grounds. We do realize that definitions of levels are different on many festivals* and depends on many factors, so if you won’t be sure about your level, please consider talking to your teacher.
Auditions can still move you higher/lower, depends on the general experience of all participants and values selected by the teachers. So please, be self-critical and choose the level that reason with you the most, to help us make auditions easier.
*We used descriptions of levels from many festivals, to build up our general profiles.
Profile of intermediate level dancer
You dance around six months to one year, you did 2-3 regular courses and/or some weekend workshops. You’ve learned basic concepts of leading and following and you worked on technique, connection, musicality and improvisation. Your Swingout is still not perfect but your repertoire of the moves is growing. You’ve learned elements like: Lindy Circle, Promenade, Tuck Turn, Basic 8-count and 6-count passes, and you can easily communicate basic steps: grooves/triple steps, to your partner. Medium tempos are your favorites, but you still struggling to faster or very slow tempos. You dance socially at least once time per week and you’re motivated to learn more and become a better social dancer. You don’t need to do the auditions and It may be your first big festival, good luck.
Profile of intermediate-advanced level dancer
You have 1-2 years of lindy hop experience and you did many courses and local workshops, probably a few international festivals as well. You can easily mix basic steps and use different stretch techniques in a dance. Your connection is solid and you can adapt to many partners. You have big repertoire of movements and some dips and tricks. You are feeling comfortable with your swingout and have learned few variations, as well as some more advanced elements like: Texas Tommy, Sugar Push, Sailor Step, fundamental Charleston moves and Tandem variations. You’ve also mastered the Shim Sham routine. You’re not afraid or very slow and very fast tempo. You're well known social dancer on your scene and you're always taking good care of your partner. You would like to learn more complicated stuff and rhythmic variations. You may not be into the competitions or performances but you do understand importance of Solo Jazz dancing and you’ve already learned different aspects of musicality.
Profile of advanced dancer
You already have 3-4 years of swing dancing experience and you’re taking part in many festivals and dance camps in your country and around the world. You probably competing and performing, teaching local classes or tasters. You have greater understanding of rhythm, syncopations and strong connection with the music. You can spontaneously create moves on the spot, on a dancefloor. You’ve also know many Solo Jazz elements and can easily put them into the couple dance. Extreme tempos are not a problem for you and you are able to dance freely with every partner, to any music. You have solid floorcraft skills (space awareness and use of a floor) and understanding of what means “partnership” in a dance. You do a lot of social dancing and you are not a party pooper. You’ve probably learned some other dances as well, like blues, balboa, shag. You’re recognized by your teachers and other high-level dancers as Advanced dancer… or you’re aiming to become one.
Profile of Top dancer
You have more than 5 years of dance experience, and you're crazy about traveling and participating in workshops on many levels. You are practicing a lot to reach your goals. If you do competitions, you always do them on higher and Advanced levels. You may be teaching locally and/or internationally and you always do top level/invitational classes. You can dance to any tempo and different styles or, you’re very fluid dancer. You can lead and follow, and dance solo. Your skills are top notch and you're an inspiration for other dancers. You are like an instrument on a dancefloor, creating the music by dance. You’re interested in quality of movements and complexity, unusual concept and crazy rhythms! You’ve probably practicing other dances and physical activities as well. You are also a generous dancer, the one who is taking care of everyone around, and know how to work and encourage others to become better themselves. You’re a perfect example of social dancer.
SOLO JAZZ LEVELS
We prepared general level descriptions for the Solo Track, based on many other festivals. If you are not convinced which level you should take, please consult with your local teachers. Solo Jazz and Lindy Hop tracks are happening at the same time, so it’s not possible to do both.
Solo Jazz Intermediate
You have around 6-months to 1 year of Solo Jazz experience. You’re performing Shim Sham and Tranky Doo, maybe learned Big Apple as well. You have very solid basic jazz vocabulary and you feel comfortable with making variations, transitions and combinations between those. You still working on your improvisation with music and rhythmical changes. You want to learn more Authentic Jazz to improve your Lindy Hop and overall dancing skills. You’ve probably did some performances, and worked on few choreos, but you may not feel ready yet for spotlights. If you haven’t done Solo Jazz before, but you want to challenge yourself, we suggest to have at least 2-3 years of Lindy Hop experience or other dance styles.
Solo Jazz Advanced
This level is open for experienced and confident solo jazz dancers, with at least 2-3 years of solo jazz practice. You should knew Big Apple and St. Louis Shim Sham. You have already developed your own style and feel comfortable improvising to any kind of music and tempo. You were probably teaching some solo jazz classes or routines and you know how to practice by yourself. You’ve probably perform more than once and did several Solo Jazz competitions. You are not afraid of spotlights and you know how to communicate your jazz moves to other dancers. You may know scatting or have experience in tap dancing. If you haven’t done too much of Solo Jazz before, but you want to challenge yourself, we suggest to have at least 4-5 years of Lindy Hop experience or other dance styles.