Tracks & Track Placements
New this year
Tracks have been tweaked this year to allow us to offer you a more tailored learning experience in our tracked classes. The track titles/numbers have been adjusted; and once you are placed in a track, you’ll stay with that track throughout the weekend.
In addition to tracked classes, we are offering a wide variety of add-on classes to allow you to choose your own learning adventure.
If you have little to no experience with Lindy Hop, this track is designed for you! Click here for all the info.
To take Track 3 and higher, a track placement is required. Once you are placed in a track, you’ll stay with that track throughout the weekend.
Track placements are held Friday morning. There will be social dancing and potentially some learning element. No partner is necessary. After signing up, you’ll be assigned a group, and that group’s track placement will last approximately 10-15 minutes. A group of Lindyfest instructors will place everyone into tracks. Your track is determined based on your relative level to the others participating in track placements. During lunch on Friday you will pick up your track placement wristband.
Track placement questions are held 9:15am on Saturday.
Beginner/Intermediate classes. You likely have been taking classes for a few months to a year.* You are familiar with the basics of 6- and 8-count Lindy Hop and side-by-side Charleston, and you have been introduced to concepts of connection, musicality, and improvisation.
This track is designed for you to reach the next level. You’ll refine and expand your basics, learn new variations, and improve your lead/follow skills, improvisation, and musicality.
If you have little to no Lindy Hop experience, please take our beginner’s track.
Track 3 – track placement required
You likely have been taking classes consistently and social dancing for a year to a couple of years.* You have solid basics and have likely traveled for workshops. You have a nice repertoire of moves and styling, and have a good connection and can adapt to different techniques. You’ve likely dabbled in teaching and competitions.
In this track you’ll learn a lot of new material and work on the fundamentals that make everything work better. You’ll improve your lead/follow skills, improvisation, and musicality.
Track 4 – track placement required
You likely have been Lindy Hopping for more than a few years*. You’ve taken a lot of workshops and likely traveled to the larger workshops around the country. You don’t have to think too much while you are dancing as things come naturally for you. You can connect with most people you dance with and can handle fast and slow tempos. You also understand that to become an advanced dancer you need to work on your basics, not just memorize patterns. You may be teaching in your scene and you may be competing in intermediate or advanced level contests.
In these classes you will learn new material and dig into technique and musicality. These classes will be fast paced and challenging.
Track 5 – track placement required
You likely have been dancing close to a decade.* You are a confident dancer and can create new moves and styling right on the floor, but you also understand that being an advanced dancer means that you consistently work on your basics. You can dance to basically any tempo, lead/follow tricky moves, and can make it all work to the music. You’re likely teaching in your scene. You may also be competing at national-level competitions (ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Boston Tea Party, etc) and generally making finals in advanced level contests.
These classes will be fast paced and challenging.
Masters – Invitation or track placement required
You are competing in national-level competitions (ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Boston Tea Party, etc) and placing in the top half of finals in the highest level competitions. You’re likely teaching in your scene and may be invited to teach a local and national workshop events. You have reached a level in which you are more interested in the quality of movement than quantity of moves.
Teacher critique is expected and welcomed.
* Time frames are only an approximation. Being a good match for the skill description is far more important than the length of time you have been dancing.