Tracks

There are five Lindy Hop tracks at the Oxford Swing Festival and two Solo Jazz tracks! Please choose the track based on your ability, experience and preferred learning style and then scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to our bookings page.


Weekend passes are £120. We also offer a group rate of £110 per person when booking as a group of 15 or more dancers. Please click here to register your interest in group bookings.  Tickets go on sale at 7pm on the 22nd September 2019!

Important: Please read the level descriptions carefully before committing to a track. Note that track descriptions refer to your preferred pace of learning as well as your dance experience. If you’re not sure which track is right for you, ask one of the teachers in your home scene for advice. 

Solo

Most or all of the following statements apply to me:

    • I’d like to gain experience and confidence in solo jazz but I’m not sure where to begin.
    • I’m either totally new to solo jazz dance, or I know a small number of basic routines (e.g. The Shim Sham).
    • I want to learn how to break out of patterns and routines and learn to improvise to the music on my own.
    • I’d like a learning environment where I’m guided through the fundamentals of solo jazz in an accessible and fun way.

Most or all of the following apply to me:

    • I’m a solo jazz fanatic looking for a chance to really push myself and learn from the best.
    • I already have experience improvising solo to various kinds of music and/or choreographing solo routines.
    • I’m ready to train advanced concepts in rhythm, body movement and musicality.
    • I’m comfortable with setting my own objectives in class, setting my own pace and getting something valuable from the experience no matter how challenging the class content is.

Lindy Hop

Most or all of the following statements apply to me:

    • I know some six count, eight count, and charleston moves and I can’t wait to learn more.
    • I can lead or follow short sequences of moves but find it difficult when we break out of familiar patterns and stylings.
    • I’d like to learn how to communicate better with my partner through the dance so we can share ideas and be creative together.
    • I’d like to learn in an environment where things move at my pace and teachers take plenty of time to explain, break down and demonstrate new things.

Most or all of the following statements apply to me:

    • I know a number of moves and variations beyond what typically gets taught in beginner classes and can dance comfortably at a variety of tempos.
    • I’m comfortable social dancing with a variety of partners but would like to learn how to break out of the same patterns, develop my own creative ideas and weave them all into the dance without breaking the connection or flow. 
    • I have some understanding of how to listen and respond to the music when dancing (e.g. hitting breaks, dancing differently to different music).
    • I’d like plenty of guidance from the teachers, but I’d also like to develop my own analytical skills and start to ask and answer some of my own questions without their help. 

Most or all of the following statements apply to me:

    • I understand how to dance differently to different kinds of music and how to mess around and have fun with the dance. Now I’d like to learn how to apply that creativity with good technique and clear intention.
    • I know plenty of cool styling, moves and variations which I can execute with confidence, including variations on core concepts which play with shape, rhythm, timing and connection.
    • I’d like to focus on making my dance feel really good, both for myself and my partner, with a lot of focus on connection, body movement and mechanics.
    • I’m ready to push my own ability to learn and use all the tools at my disposal to ask and answer my own questions. I want to set my own goals and focus on what I want to improve, without the teachers telling me exactly what to do.

Most or all of the following apply to me:

    • I don’t think so much in terms of set “moves”, footwork or rhythms. I can improvise new shapes and variations on the fly while social dancing without breaking the flow of the dance.
    • I can dance fluently, creatively and musically to any style under the swing umbrella, at a really wide variety of tempos. 
    • I prioritise a comfortable, dynamic and equal connection with my partner and work hard to make every dance fun for both of us.
    • I regularly practise dance outside of classes and socials. Even when not practicing I spend a ridiculous amount of time thinking about dancing.
    • I find really difficult classes to be an inspiring challenge. When I get stuck in class I can push through frustration and get something of value out of the experience.

I meet most or all of the criteria for the Winter track and I am comfortable going through a short audition process. I understand that decisions made by the teachers running the audition are final and agree to abide by them.