Students and teachers having fun at dance classes

Dance classes in Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Lindy Hop are available throughout the entire weekend. The focus is on fast dancing, so plan to get your cardio up before February! Stick to one style or venture into several of many dance styles throughout the weekend.

***New for 2018, we are offering an introduction to a variety of dance styles as electives on Friday***. 

  • Balboa classes may be composed of Pure Balboa, Bal-Swing, or both.
  • Collegiate Shag classes are primarily double rhythm (slow-slow-quick-quick), although other styles may be presented during the weekend.
  • Lindy Hop classes primarily focus on the techniques necessary to dance to faster tempos.
  • Electives include Heel Shag, St. Louis Shag, Mystery Lindy and Solo Jazz.
  • Learn The Killer Boogie on Friday and be part of the performance on Friday night!

Are you interested in learning more about a particular dance style? E-mail us at info@hotrhythmholiday.com.

Dance Class LevelsInstructor having fun at dance classes

We now offer 4 levels of classes: Absolute Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Absolute Beginner tracks in Balboa and Collegiate Shag are new this year! These classes are for dancers who have not yet had the basics or would like to refine their basics from the ground up. This is also a great opportunity to learn your opposite dance role at a reduced rate!

Beginner level dancers may have had a few basic classes or know the basic footwork. These classes are for dancers who are still getting familiar with/refining the basics or are not yet comfortable executing moves at medium tempos. For beginner level Lindy Hop, dancers should be comfortable with the swing-out, though it is expected they are still working to refine it.

Intermediate level dancers have a solid grasp of the fundamentals. Intermediate dancers probably go out social dancing regularly, and may have traveled to a workshop weekend or dance camp. Dancing to medium or even faster tempos is not a problem. Intermediate dancers are usually focused on increasing their vocabulary (i.e., the number of moves they are proficient with), and they’re also beginning to work with concepts like musicality and individual style.

Advanced level dancers have usually been dancing for several years and have mastered the fundamentals. They social dance on a regular basis and have traveled around the state, country, or world to attend swing dance events. The advanced dancer has no problem dancing to fast tempos and is more focused on upper-level technique than individual moves.

Level Testing Auditions

Students who wish to attend advanced classes in either Balboa or Collegiate Shag must first audition. Lindy Hop advanced level is based on self-assessment. Those who pass the advanced level auditions for either or both dance styles will receive an advanced wristband that grants access to the advanced level classes for that style. Beginner and intermediate level classes do not require auditions.

Please note that based on teacher feedback, you may be asked to move to another class level. We hold the level testing on Saturday morning to allow for more attendees to participate. Due to this there are no advanced level classes on Friday for Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Please keep in the mind the following points:  

  • Your dance level placement will vary from one event to another depending on the level of the other dancers at the event
  • The level that you are in at your local scene may differ from the level when compared to other attendees at this particular event.  


The number of people allowed into Advance level classes is dependent upon:

  • The total number of registrants for the weekend; how many people account for an appropriate class size
  • The ratio of lead to follows at the event


Dance levels within any class exist on a curve; therefore, depending on what level you place in you may be at the bottom level of the curve in your classes, the higher end of that curve, or anywhere in between. Either way we promise you'll learn something and have fun!

We expect classes to be challenging, but we also expect our guests to attend classes that are appropriate for their skill level. If it is clear that you are not taking classes of the appropriate level, an instructor or staff member may politely ask that you attend a different class level.