There are many forms of swing dancing including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, DC Hand Dancing, and dozens of others, but, Lindy Hop, the original swing dance, is still popular around the world. Born in Harlem, New York in the 1930s. It was danced to swing jazz, the most popular music in the United States from the 30s to the 50s, which ranges from slow and sultry to groovy to blazing-fast and energetic.
Series classes are weekly classes for 1 month. You will learn the dance skills necessary for social dancing. The progression of our dance series classes elevates dancers' skill and knowledge of each dance form while focusing on social dancing.
Beginner Lindy Hop
Program: Relive the jazz era with Lindy Hop, the infectiously energetic and rhythmic dance that swept the nation in the '30s and remains a popular dance today. Learn the core footwork and techniques that make this dance so dynamic. We will go over these topics throughout the series: Basic rhythms, partner connection, 6-count patterns, and jazz steps.
Intermediate Lindy Hop
Requirements: Beginner Lindy Hop or Equivalent
Program: This class will take you beyond the fundamentals to help you explore and develop a deeper partnered connection, musicality, and personal style. Unlike Beginner Lindy Hop, this class will rotate three topics on a monthly basis. You should take this series three times to ensure you have learned all of the Lindy Hop Intermediate material. You do not have to take them in any particular order.
We will rotate through these three topics per month and then repeat:
- Intermediate Lindy A: Connection and Rhythm
- Intermediate Lindy B: Swingouts and Variations
- Intermediate Lindy C: Charleston
Advanced Lindy Hop
Requirements: Intermediate Lindy Hop A, B, and C or Equalivent
Program: As an advanced dancer, you understand that dancing is more enjoyable when you deepen your knowledge and understanding of the dance. In this ongoing series, we’ll explore the rhythms, connections, patterns, history, and stylings that make Lindy Hop and jazz dance so creatively rich. Our continually rotating topics are designed to level up your dancing each month.
Lindy Hop Master Topics
Requirements: Invitational or Audition
Program: This class is all about pushing your limits in Lindy Hop. Our goal is to help students grow to the level of the best social dancers, competitors, and instructors in Seattle. We will go over master level material and techniques that will allow you to lead and follow intricate, complicated moves and express yourself musically at any tempo. Every month, we’ll dive deep into a different topic guided by the groups’ interests and abilities. We keep class sizes small so that individual attention is guaranteed and every student has a voice in the learning process. Email HERE to schedule an audition.
Requirements: A Beginner Balboa Series or Intensive or a Beginner Private Lesson
Program: This class is for those who already have a grasp on pure Balboa and Bal-Swing basics. You will learn more intricate pure Balboa technique and footwork as well as more complex Bal-Swing moves and variations. We will dive deep into one pure Balboa topic and one Bal-Swing topic per month with the intention of guiding you from the intermediate to the advanced level. Students should know or be aware of upholding and down hold basics, out-and-ins, lollies, and toss outs. Potential students can take a private lesson to learn the basics and be qualified to take this series. Email HERE if you have any questions.
West Coast Swing
Program: West Coast Swing is a partner dance that is primarily danced to modern music. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation. This class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of west coast swing. The goal of the series is for you to leave the class with the ability to enjoy a west coast swing social.
Requirements: This is an open-level class where everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. Dancers must provide their own hoops.
Class attire: Clothing should allow for a full range of motion. Avoid loose fabrics so the hoop does not get caught in your clothes. Dancers can be barefoot, in socks, or in shoes with clean soles.
Program: Hooping is the art of manipulating and dancing with a hoop. There are as many styles of hooping as there are hoopers, but common elements include technical tricks and expressing to music.
Please email the instructor at for personalized recommendations on hoop size, material, and where to purchase.
Requirements: This is an open-level class where everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. Some movement experience is helpful. Dancers should be able to get to the floor and back up easily to fully participate in the class.
Class Attire: Clothing should allow for a full range of motion. Dancers can be barefoot, in socks, or in flexible dance shoes.
Program: Lyrical dance uses a combination of ballet, jazz, and modern dance movements to express the lyrics and emotions of a song. It can be danced to many styles of popular music and emphasizes the individuality of each dancer.
Want to learn how to Swing dance for the first time! Come to one of our Drop-in classes every 3rd Saturday of the month. We offer a Blues and Lindy Hop basics open to all levels. Please check the schedule for the most current schedule. Experience dancing at SCT for only $10, you can pay at the door or sign up online.
Come Swing on SCT's Jazz Jambalaya. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, dancers have access to 3 separate rooms for Blues, Lindy Hop, and Balboa, all with live DJs.
Come Jam at Midnight! Live music in the Blues room. Beer, wine, coffee, and tea sold for purchase at in the Balboa room. You can pay at the door or sign up online.
SCT opens its doors on Sunday from 7:00-9:00 PM. Come practice your skills with SCT Swing team members, $5 for the public and included in team membership. Please pay at the door.
Lindy Hop Training Team
This is a 6-month performance team designed to push your dancing to the next level. We will learn and perform classic Lindy Hop coupled and Vernacular Jazz routines to build an understanding of the history of the dance and the context of its movements. You will also have opportunities to collaboratively choreograph to deepen your understanding of musicality and jazz dance.
You will learn classic historical choreographies, performance skills, Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz vocabulary and technique, musicality, how to choreograph, how to practice on your own and with a team
Every 3 months, we will complete and perform a choreography.