Please refer to these level descriptions and any pre-requisites on the individual class pages when choosing classes. RVA Swing instructors reserve the right to change a student's class placement to best suit the student's level.
Beginner (Level 1)
Classes designated as "Beginner" assume that you either know nothing about that specific topic, haven't studied it extensively, are returning student who wants to work on fundamentals, or that it has been a long while since you have taken a class on the subject. These classes will start from the ground up, with basic concepts. Even if you are an experienced dancer in another kind of dance (ballroom, ballet, tango, belly dance, etc), always start with the Beginner series of any topic that is new to you.
This is also true for different/new swing dance topics! Even advanced lindy hoppers should start with Beginner Balboa or Solo Jazz, and vice versa, because they use different skill sets.
Everyone's learning curve is different, and a repeat of both beginner series is often a good idea before progressing.
After you've completed the beginner classes in a topic (Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, etc), you might consider moving into the Level 2 class of that topic. If you're still having trouble with rhythm or footwork, or just feel like you need a bit more practice, we recommend a repeat of the Beginner series before moving up to Level 2.
Level 2 classes will work on refining what you’ve learned in the Beginner level, while expanding your vocabulary and delving into the concepts of that particular topic. Vocabulary and concepts will be different for each session of Level 2 to keep the class varied and engaging for repeat students. All students should expect to spend several month in Level 2.
Level 3 is for dancers who are solid and consistent in all the fundamental aspects of that topic. You’ll need to have your fundamentals solid before considering making the move to Level 3. This will be different for each student, and has much more to do with your personal skill at executing movements and your growth as a dancer (ie applying teacher suggestions & critique), not simply the amount time you have spent in classes.
Participation in Level 3 Lindy Hop classes will be by instructor permission, to ensure that your personal skill level matches that of other students in the class and that you are ready to tackle challenging material.
In Level 3 you will dive deep into the concepts of what makes moves work and find out how to take those concepts to deconstruct moves you already know in order to create new and more interesting moves. These classes will move at a brisk pace and will offer new and engaging material in each monthly series.
Stuff will get really challenging and/or nerdy in Level 4. Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole?
Participation in Level 4 is by instructor permission.