We offer classes in 5 different levels this year. Choosing a level for your classes is quite difficult. It’s not just about your current level or how long you have been dancing. It is also about your ability to adapt, learn new stuff and how open you are to trying out different approaches and styles.
Please read the level descriptions carefully and be honest with yourself when you register. Not only you but also the other participants in class will have a better time at Smokey Feet 2018 if you are informed and choose your level wisely.
Levels are always relative to the level of the people attending the event.
Note: this will be a small group with lot’s of attention from the teachers. We don’t offer classes for absolute beginners.
You have taken weekly classes for at least 6 months in the past year and probably attend social dances in your own scene. The basic connection, bounce and footwork is stuck in your body. You have been introduced to the Swing Out and you are ready to dive deeper and be blown away by the international teachers.
Your package of moves is expanding and you don’t miss a chance to practise them at the weekly organized socials. You dance in a relaxed way to a medium tempo song (comfortable doing a Swing Out at 150 bpm < test this here :)). You have started to explore more complex elements of swing dancing such as musicality and (rhythmical) variations.
Just before the first class on Saturday we will split the group in two homogeneous levels.
You have attended quite a few international workshops and barely miss a chance to dance in your own scene. You are entirely in control of your body movement and start to feel the same when leading or led by a partner. This creates confidence in leading/following. You started to work on styling and created your own (rhythmical) variations. Next to focussing on musicality and technique you’ll also find yourself dancing to a wider range of tempos in these classes.
With video audition:
If you want to join the trumpet level you are required to send in a video audition.
You can find the dance floor and your dance partner blindfolded. You know a big variety of figures and the technique behind them. Personalizing / styling your moves has become your second nature and you are rhythmical and musical. It get’s easy to dance to fast music (200 bpm). Maybe you even joined competitions at international events.
If you want to join the piano level you are required to send in a video audition.
You are considered to be one of the very best dancers in your country and have participated in numerous international festivals in the highest level. Dancing to very slow and very fast music (200+ bpm) doesn’t make you give up your rhythmical variations and musicality. You are working on tiny details to improve your dancing and might even teach Lindy Hop classes yourself. In the past years we have had competition winners, performers and theme class teachers participating in this level.
About video audition:
If you are interested in joining our Trumpet or Piano level you are required to send in a video audition. It should be a video of you social dancing, no routines allowed. If it’s a video of a Jack and Jill or a video with more people in it, please let us know who you are to prevent confusion. Make sure you dance to a mid- to high-tempo song. We chose a video audition to make sure you are able to sleep in a little bit after you’ve partied hard the night before and focus all your energy on the classes itself instead of losing a big part of your energy to auditions. We get that this might be scary for some of you but you can make it easier by asking someone to film you during your weekly social for example or do seven retakes if you are not happy with the result.