Lessons in Lindy Hop began as the Swing Club under RPI Ballroom, founded to support a growing interest in swing dancing on the RPI campus back in the Fall of 2006. The group's first President, Diana Shiroma, along with the first Vice President, Brooks Prumo, wanted to spread their love of the dance and provide a place where others could learn the lost art. Through the past couple of years, RPI Ballroom has begun holding regular Lindy Hop workshops and dances for the campus and community. The track offers lessons in Lindy Hop and other various dances from the 1920s to the 1940s, including the Charleston. Lessons and a practice session are held once a week for members to expand their knowledge of the dance.
In the beginner Lindy Hop I class, you will learn the basics of Lindy. This lesson series will teach Charleston basic, basic in open & sendout to open, underarm turn & tuck turn, swingout, lindy circle.
After you have the basics down, join us for the intermediate Lindy Hop II class! We will build on what was taught in the beginner class. We highly encourage you to take this class more than once as our instructor teaches different material each time.
You don't need to bring a partner for any of these classes. We rotate partners so the men dance with all the ladies and the ladies dance with all the men. If there is an unbalanced gender situation, then whichever group has more simply takes turns during the rotation. People are also welcome to learn the opposite part (for example, ladies can learn to lead or men can learn to follow).