Learn swing dance

Come dance with us

We’re a group of people passionate about dancing. We love swing and we want you to enjoy it as much as possible. If you feel like taking up swing lessons, there is nothing easier than signing up for one of our classes, or attending one of our open classes that we run every week. We open the registration 4 times a year and the following quarters begin this year on 16.9. (autumn), 25.11. (winter), 10.2. (spring) and 21.4. (summer). One course has 9 lessons and the price is 1750 CZK More information can be found in our Pricelist. Rules are making the world go around, so even our classes have some, check the rules here. If you have questions about our courses, please read FAQ first.

Registration

Register and welcome aboard!

The registration is needed for all our courses except for the Open classes. You have to register in advance. Like that we can control the balance of leaders/followers and see what classes can actually be open. The registration happens 4 times a year and is open from one month to one week before a new term starts. That means you have to register 4 times in one year. You will find the registration form here when the registration is open.

If you want to register to yoga mini course (5 classes á 750 Kč), please send us an e-mail to info@swingbusters.cz. Pay via bank transfer right after registration confirmation.

Schedule

We will finish the classes of spring term starting from May 25, you can find the information here. If you want to be quickly up-to-date, check our FB page.

Do you have questions? We recommend that you take a look at the FAQ.

The timetable for the upcoming classes is this:

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19:00
20:00
21:00
22:00
23:00
mo
18:00
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19:00
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20:00
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ENG/CZ
21:00
 – 22:00
ENG/CZ
tu
18:15
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19:20
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20:25
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18:15
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19:20
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20:25
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18:15
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OPEN CLASS
we
18:45
 – 19:45
OPEN CLASS
20:00
 – 23:59
free entry
18:30
 – 19:30
ENG ONLY
19:35
 – 20:35
ENG/CZ
20:40
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ENG/CZ
18:00
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19:05
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20:10
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18:15
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th
18:15
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ENG/CZ
19:20
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ENG/CZ
20:25
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ENG/CZ
18:40
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19:40
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20:40
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fr
18:15
 – 19:15
OPEN CLASS
19:15
 – 21:15
Still available Course is full

Pricelist

Regular classes

1.750 / course - 9 weeks

Open classes

200 / class

Practica

100 / evening

All prices are VAT included and valid for 1 person, price list is valid from August 31, 2018.

DISCOUNTS

  • Quantity Discount – increases with nr. of courses you’re signed up for (2nd course means 20% off, 3rd course 30% off) – the maximum discount is 50% off
  • Student Discount – students under 26 years of age (need to provide a copy of any student certification)

All discounts are calculated from the total price and accumulate, so first discount no.1 is deducted, followed by discount No.2. The discounts are applicable always in one particular term – 9 weeks (meaning for example, I am a student in one term and doing 2 SB courses, next term I will attend 3 SB courses but I am not a student anymore – in each term I will have a different discount).

Discounts are calculated gradually according to your placement in courses – if you get to your first registered course, you will pay the full price (of that particular course) if you subsequently get into the other (e.g. you were on a waiting list in this course before), you pay the whole price for two courses minus already paid price minus discounts (e.g. 20% off discount), each course is a single payment with its own variable symbol.

METHOD OF PAYMENT

OPEN CLASS is the only class to be paid per class in cash directly at the lesson (excluding subscriptions to these lessons).
SUBSCRIPTION is possible only by a bank transfer to the account: 2800926222/2010 (Fio banka, a.s.), IBAN: CZ1020100000002800926222, BIC/SWIFT: FIOBCZPPXXX, by the end of the first week of the course, for identification of the payment, please specify:
Variable symbol – each payment is identified by a unique variable symbol (number), which is generated automatically and sent in the confirmation mail. For easier identification, please use this symbol, which helps us to recognise your payment automatically OR a Note (zpráva pro příjemce)– for a manual check (if you didn’t get the e-mail with payment info). Please write in that payment note which course you are paying for and your name – e.g. LH1.1, Tuesday 19:35 – Jan Novák

Dance styles

Lindy hop

Lindy hop

LINDY HOP - is swing dance, which originated in the 1920s Harlem, New York. It was created by mixing several styles that include jazz dance, tap dance, Breakaway and Charleston. At a time of strict racial segregation in America, it was a dance that connected both the "black" and "white" residents of New York.

LH 1.1 Lindy hop 6-count

  • lindy hop 6count
  • this is a complete beginners course where you do not need any previous experience with swing or any kind of dancing
  • we’ll cover: the history of swing, the basic rhythm structure, basic footwork and figures in the 6-count rhythm, the most important of all – the principle of leading and following

LH 1.2 Charleston I

  • charleston 20’s, lindy charleston – both dances every Lindy hopper should know!
  • (0-3 months of dance experience)
  • the course follows LH 1.1
  • we’ll cover: the history of swing, the basic rhythm structure, basic footwork and figures in the 6-count rhythm, the most important of all – the principle of leading and following

LH 1.3 Lindy hop 8-count

  • lindy hop 8count (3-5 months of swing dance experience)
  • we advise you to first take the course LH 1.1 and/or LH 1.2
  • we’ll cover: the basic footwork and variations in the 8-count rhythm, we’ll prepare you for more complex figures such as the Swing out and its variations

LH 2.0 Swing out drill

  • Lindy hop Swing out drill (6-8 months of swing dance experience)
  • we need you to first take the LH 1.3 (or speak to our teachers first)
  • focus is on the basic figure called the Swing out – its complex technic and its variations

LH 2.1 Swing out variations I

  • 8-12 months of swing dance experience
  • deepening of the basics (knowledge of the Swing out is obligatory here), harder dance figures and variations, faster dance tempos

LH 2.2 Lindy Charleston II

  • 12-15 months of swing dance experience
  • lindy charleston – flying charleston, we advise you to have done the course LH 1.2
  • it repeats, relates and follows the material from LH 1.2 – flying charleston basics and variations, faster tempo and more detailed technic

LH 2.3 Swing out variations II

  • 15-18 months of swing dance experience
  • deepening of the basics (knowledge of the Swing out is obligatory here), harder dance figures and variations, faster dance tempos

LH 3.0 Lindy hop Advanced

  • min. 1,5 year of swing dance experience
  • more difficult variations and lead & follow technique of Lindy Hop

LH 3.1 Lindy Hop Jam II

  • 2 years of swing dance experience
  • deepening of the lead & follow technic, back to the basics through a detailed work allowing you to be more free in the couple dancing and to express yourself as a leader or follower to the music through understanding the rhythm and the structures more

LH 3.2 Lindy Hop Advanced

  • 2,5 years of swing dance experience
  • In this course we work on a very detailed dance technic, we do challenging variations, the pace of learnigh and the speed of the music is much higher

LH 3.3 Lindy hop Advanced

  • more than 2,5 years of swing dance experience
  • the tempo in this class goes higher and higher, technique becomes very challenging and the variations are sophisticated to make you master the dance

LH 4.0 – Lindy hop Master

This course is meant for advance only dancers. Their application will be confirmed by the teachers of the course.
Speed, technique, figures will get pretty tough in these classes. The dancers will also be asked to work more individually.

Swing Basics Open class

Swing Basics is an open class. Different from our regular classes (where you need to register, where we go in a slower pace, explain the details of the couple dancing and the classes material follows what has been taught the week before, work on one dance style) – here we teach every week a different basic.
In these Open classes, the approach is different, we don’t want to talk details to you, we do different styles of swing to show you what it all contains so you can see if you’d like to stick to it or if it is not your cup of tea.
SO INTO THIS CLASS YOU CAN JUST DROP IN, TRY IT, PAY 200 CZK  and come back next time or sing up for our regular classes (LH1.1,LH1.2 or if you are very talented then even LH1.3, or CS 1.1, BA 1.1 or SLS 1.1).

Charleston

Charleston

CHARLESTON - An American dance that became a symbol of the 1920s. It is the basis for Lindy Hop and is characterized by fast leg turns and large arm movements. The style originates probably from Trinidad, Nigeria and Ghana. It can be a solo dance but you can also dance it in a couple or in groups. Its signature movement is swiveling the feet.

LH 1.2 Charleston I

  • charleston 20’s, lindy charleston – both dances every Lindy hopper should know!
  • (0-3 months of dance experience)
  • the course follows LH 1.1
  • we’ll cover: the history of swing, the basic rhythm structure, basic footwork and figures in the 6-count rhythm, the most important of all – the principle of leading and following

LH 2.2 Lindy Charleston II

  • 12-15 months of swing dance experience
  • lindy charleston – flying charleston, we advise you to have done the course LH 1.2
  • it repeats, relates and follows the material from LH 1.2 – flying charleston basics and variations, faster tempo and more detailed technic
Collegiate Shag

Collegiate Shag

COLLEGIATE SHAG or the so called student dance, was popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1940s. It is characterized by faster pace of swing and jazz songs. It is a dynamic dance with a signature posture, where partners keep their holding hands in the air. Its roots probably extend to the African American community in Carolina.

CS 1.1 Collegiate Shag Beginners

  • Shag is the new sexy!
  • beginners course (for swing dancers as well as complete newbies)
  • the lectures will cover: the basics of Collegiate Shag (figures, postures, style) in so called double rhythm, as well as basics of lead&follow

CS 1.2 – Collegiate Shag Beginners-Intermediate

  • 2-3 months of Shag dance experience
  • the lectures will cover: going further in basics of Collegiate Shag (figures, postures, style) in so called double rhythm, as well as improving the lead&follow dynamics

CS 2.1 Collegiate Shag Intermediate

  • more than 6 months of Collegiate Shag dance experience
  • more complex variations and rhythm variations of the basic step, faster tempo

CS 2.2 Collegiate Shag Intermediate

  • for dancers of Collegiate Shag for about 6 months
  • improvement of different styles of the basic, more complex moves and little choreos, more difficult lead/follow technique

CS 3. 1 – Collegiate Shag Advanced

  • 1 year of Collegiate Shag dance experience
  • going deep into basics to polish it, new complex variations, more advanced lead & follow technique

CS 3.1 – Collegiate Shag INT-ADV

  • double rhythm shag (3+ months of Shag dance experience)
  • course will cover: rhythm combinations, basic moves in open/close position and their variations, improving the lead & follow skills

CS 3.2 – Collegiate Shag Advanced

  • more than a year of Collegiate Shag dance experience
  • going deep into basics to polish it, new complex variations, more advanced lead & follow technique

Shag Busters

  • a troupe of advanced dancers of Collegiate Shag (1,5 year of CS dance experience)
  • working on choreographies and performing
  • registration dependent on teachers’ approval
St. Louis Shag

St. Louis Shag

St. Louis Shag - The style probably evolved from Charleston and maybe other swing dances, though it looks quite different. As the name suggests, the dance has its origins in St. Louis, Missouri. It is danced mostly in closed possession at a faster pace.

St.Louis Shag 1.1 – Beginners

  • for complete beginners in St.Louis Shag, but at least 6 months of Lindy hop/Coll.Shag dance experience
  • basic variations and technique of St.Louis Shag

St. Louis Shag 1.2

  • for dancers with 2-3 months of St.Louis Shag experience
  • more basic variations and rhythm styles

St. Louis Shag Troupe

A group of students working on a choreography to learn and to perform.

Balboa

Balboa

BALBOA - This style comes from 1920´s Southern California. It evolved in response to crowded ballrooms, which demanded conservation of space. It is characterized by full embrace, expressive rhythmic shifts and partnership of both dancers. If you long for a style that will keep your feet busy, Balboa is the right style for you!

BA 1.1 Balboa Beginners

  • pure bal/bal swing (0-3 months of balboa dance experience)
  • course will cover: basic balboa steps, basic technique of lead&follow, basic footwork and simple basic variations

BA 1.2 – Balboa beginners

  • pure bal/bal swing (2-3 months of balboa dance experience)
  • course will cover: going further with basic balboa steps, working on technique of lead&follow, basic footwork and basic variations

BA 2.1 – Balboa Beginner-Intermediate

  • 3-6 months of Balboa dance experience
    improving the basics, more complexe figures and variations of Pure Bal and Bal Swing

BA 2.2 – Balboa Intermediate

  • for dancers with about a year of Balboa dance experience
  • fancy and rhythm variations of the basics, more complex figures

BA 3.2 – Balboa Advanced

  • pure bal and bal swing
  • 1,5 year of Balboa experience
  • pure bal detailed technique, complex Balboa figures and variations of classic moves
Solo Jazz

Solo Jazz

Solo Jazz is a general and one of the terms for almost anything that can be described as a solo dance done to jazz music. In the swing world of course, it means mainly the time range from the early 20th century to its middle. It has its own choreographies such Shim Sham Shimmy, Big Apple, Tranky Doo, Trickeration and so on or can be, of course (it is jazz!) improvised.

Routines

  • solo jazz routines such as The Shim sham, Tranky doo, The Big apple, BigCal, California Routine and many more.
  • solo dancing
  • level more than 6 months of dancing at least
  • performing if there is a will

 

Jazz Vocab Open class

Jazz Vocab Open class is a weekly class of solo jazz dance aiming at those who want to enlarge their solo jazz vocabulary. Every week we will learn completely different moves, the classes material is therefore not related.
The class is an open level – good for beginners and advance dancers too.
tip!: Great class to make up for your missed regular prepaid classes.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

HOW DOES THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM WORK?

First of all, it works automatically so please put an extra care to writing down your (and your partner’s) email without spelling mistakes! The system automatically keeps the equal number of leaders and followers in class. That is why, if you sign up without a partner, you have to wait for a dancer of the opposite role to sign up for the system to let you in. If there isn’t anyone to pair up with you, the system will put you on a waiting list. The waiting list is ordered by time of registration so solo followers/leaders, don’t take too long to think, register fast, it raises your chances to get in!
If you have a partner to sign up with, please fill in his/her email while registering, so the system can recognise you as a couple and accept you into the course. If one of you doesn’t sign up, the other will not be accepted to the course. Remember, your partner has to fill his/her own registration form!
Registration itself works intuitively, you select your desired course or courses by clicking on them. If you have changed your mind and want to unselect it, just click again. You will see a list of your selected courses below the courses table. There you then choose your role and put your partner’s email if you have any.

You can check the status of your registration process in the system. Here you can Log in.

CAN I JOIN WITHOUT REGISTERING

We are happy to see any new comers at our Open Classes such as the Swing Basics for beginners on Wednesdays or everybody at the Jazz Vocab class on Friday. Other courses are meant to be balanced in numbers of leads & follows, progress and follow certain material so previous registration is needed.

CAN I JOIN CLASSES THAT ARE ALREADY RUNNING?

Yes you can join if it is an Open Class whenever you want. If it is a regular course and it is only the beginning of the term – you missed only 1 class – you can join those classes too if there a place for your role (leader/follower). In that case, you need to write an email to info@swingbusters.cz and we’ll let you know the rest.

CAN I JOIN WITHOUT A PARTNER?

Yes, partner is not conditional for you to come but you would make us happy if you do bring a partner with you (mainly if you are a follower) as we always try to keep the lead & follow ratio balanced for the class. Also, for the regular courses, it gives you a better chance to get into the course as we can put extra followers (or leaders sometimes too) on a waiting list until they or we find a leader/follower for them. It doesn’t mean though that you would have to dance with your partner all the time, the opposite – we change partners in classes.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT FOR THE CLASS?

If you can’t make it for your class, don’t panic. You can come to any Open Class which are designed for that, any time during one 9-week term. If you are a beginner then it is Swing Basics on Wednesday, if more advanced, you can enjoy Jazz Vocab Open Class on Friday or Yoga on Tuesday.

HOW SOON WILL I BE ABLE TO ROCK THE DANCE FLOOR AT A PARTY?

Rock it now! The best is to start attending dance parties from the beginning of your swing journey. It will help immensely as you will gain leading & following experience quickly. From our observation, those who do classes AND parties regularly move on much quicker than those who come for classes only. No one there wants to judge you, especially if you are a beginner (once we were all beginners), so don’t be afraid and show up. And most importantly, isn’t the dance made for the parties? And at last, the social aspect of Lindy hop, that is something you shouldn’t miss so we’ll be happy to see you on a dance floor soon!

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A  LEADER /  FOLLOWER?

Well, this isn’t an easy question to answer but in your dance beginnings we try to simplify it, so LEADER is the one who leads, FOLLOWER is the one who follows the leader. Usually leader is a guy, follower a woman although guys also learn how to follow and girls often learn how to lead (it helps their leading & following skills to know the opposite “role”). In higher level, you will discover that leading and following changes spontaneously between both so a follower can also lead the leader whilst he/she is following and then leading something out of the other’s lead….okay, let’s wait with this until you get into Lindy hop more, then it will make more sense ;)… Basically we all dance to one music and inspire each other in the dance and our goal is to teach you how to communicate your idea to your partner whether you are a leader or a follower.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR CLASSES?

Anything that is comfortable for you while dancing. You can get sweaty, you might not…people do what they like, there isn’t a dress code or anything we would expect you to wear. Two things are important for us. One is your ability to move in it freely without pain or fear to rip something. Concerning the shoes, it is important you feel stable in them and nothing hurts you (for those reasons we recommend NO HEALS). Secondly, it is also a good hygiene that makes it a pleasant experience to be around you :). Don’t forget people will be touching you, standing next to you and talking to you. We count on your good judgement when it comes to no perfume/too much perfume, smoking, alcohol etc. but we also like tolerant people. :)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY ROTATING?

We rotate partners in our school. It means you are not going to spend the whole class with only one partner but every few minutes teachers will make you change your partner. We have several good reasons for it. Mainly it relates to our goal – as swing is for us mainly a social dance, we want you to be able to dance with anyone. This means you need to know how to communicate with your partner, and that you can learn only through experience. Dancing with the same person all the time will limit your abilities to lead well and follow properly. Another reason is that our classes are not only about the dance but also about people and while rotating you get to know others so it becomes a nice group activity for all of you. :) If you aren’t comfortable with rotating or the idea scares you, we will respect that won’t force you to do it. In that case, please tell the teachers in advance.

I FEEL LIKE I CAN’T FOLLOW THE CLASS THAT FAST, I AM GETTING BEHIND. WHAT CAN I DO TO FIX THAT?

If you feel like you can’t follow the class so quickly, tell your teachers. They might slow down a bit or they can pay more attention to you during the class when appropriate. Otherwise you can always take up more classes per week as we have plenty to offer, ideally if they are the same or lower level so you can get it under your skin faster. Another option is to take private classes with our teachers who can help you to get friendly with the tough technique. :)

CAN I BUY CLASSES AS A PRESENT TO MY BELOVEDS?

Sure you can! You can purchase a voucher for a course or couple of classes through our e-shop. We will either send you a PDF you can print out for yourself, either give you a printed version at our classes or meeting you elsewhere. The voucher is valid only after it’s paid via bank account.