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Quick Facts

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  • Tutor Nikki Santilli
  • Course Code W23DNEE02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Lindy Hop as a social jazz dance, reflects the values of its African American origins in its playfulness and encouragement of personal style. This course will seek to connect you – your style and personality – to the dance. As either lead and/or follow, we will be looking for spaces that invite improvisation, play and dialogue. We will also be training ourselves in how to listen and respond to these moments from our partner. We will be focussing on characteristics of the dance and its music such as call & response; breaks and breakaways; songs and humour. At the same time, we will be refining known dance steps and their lead/follow to achieve a confident, personalised style but always within a context that puts social dancing (ie the ability to dance with anyone) as the goal. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify call and response in music and translate it into dance
  • Include embellishments and variations that can Inject personal response to the music and/or your partner
  • Understand how breaks work, when to use them and how to lead/follow them
  • Dance classic figures with more personal styling
  • Be more responsive to your partner and to the music


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  • Class format and activities

    The class will start with a warm up and continue with step & rhythm combinations to understand the music and expand your repertoire of steps. You will be working with a class partner to understand and execute partnering techniques Dance suggested combinations and enjoy experimenting with your own. The class blends tutor-led instruction & demonstration with partner work among students with the tutor on hand to provide guidance and feedback. Level 2 students are invited to arrive 15 minutes before the start of class for a simulated social dance (with Level 1 students) where they can warm up/practise various moves and combinations, with the benefit of having the tutor on hand to answer questions and give tips. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course and to ensure that all modes of attendance are equally acceptable, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

    Entry requirements

    You must have completed Level 1 or an equivalent before taking this course. All students will be expected to be able to dance basic 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop figures. A reasonable degree of fitness is required.You must have completed Level 1 or an equivalent before taking this course. All students will be expected to be able to dance basic 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop figures. A reasonable degree of fitness is required.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Terms 1 & 2 are dedicated to social dancing, where the goal is to be able to freestyle with anyone. The aim of the course is to release students from repeating choreographed routines and to imbue a sense of confidence and fun and willingness to improvise together. Some non-partnered dance will be included. Students will work in 1 to 1 partnerships and as a class. You do not need to book with a partner, although to do so will help keep the class balanced for leads and follows Aside from Covid safety consideration, please be aware that Authentic Jazz/Swing Dance includes breakaways and jazz steps so an element of non-partnered dancing will form a part of your study. Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course will include activities outside class time, e.g. extra practice, watching supporting clips. Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.

    What you need

    Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. A bottle of water. Shoes: Ideally a flat or low heel. Jazz-dance or character shoes. Plimsoles or tennis shoes but no trainers or stilettoes.

    What you can do next

    The Morley College dance department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website, call the dance department (0207 450 1832) or email (at for more information.