Dance classes in Balboa and Collegiate Shag are available throughout the entire weekend. We also offer a limited number of Lindy Hop classes! Focus on one style or explore multiple dance styles. It's your choice!

 

  • 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, Smooth-style 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? Contact us at info@hotrhythmholiday.com.

Courses

Balboa or Collegiate Shag Prep Course

Course Description

The Prep Course is for students who are just starting their Balboa or Collegiate Shag education, students who want to revisit the fundamentals of the dance, and for those who want to learn the opposite role from the ground up. No prior experience is required to participate in the Prep Course. Our Prep Courses will give you the foundation you need to be successful in Balboa or Collegiate Shag.

 

Prep courses include 6 hours of classes, extra practice opportunities, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening dances and late nights. Admission to elective classes is not included.

 

Core moves: (include, but not limited to):

  • Balboa: basic rhythms (uphold, downhold), progressives, repeaters, Pure Balboa variations, paddles, comearounds, lollies, out & ins, toss outs
  •  Collegiate Shag: basic rhythm, Heels Up basic, LA-Style basic, turns, pumps, breaks, side-by-side, run-around and variation, cross kicks

Pre-requisite: None

Comfortable tempo range: N/A

Freshmen

Course Description

This track is for students who have taken series classes or attended workshops and feel comfortable dancing Balboa or Collegiate Shag socially. You should be able to execute most of the core moves listed in the Prep Course at moderate tempos. This track is for you if you want to refine your fundamentals and get comfortable dancing to faster tempos, learn new moves and variations, work on transitions, and begin to dive into partner mechanics and musicality.

Pre-requisite: You should be be able to execute most of the core moves listed in the Prep Course.

Comfortable tempo range: N/A

Sophomore

Course Description

This track is for students who have been dancing Balboa or Collegiate Shag for a while and can comfortably dance for an entire evening. You may take regular lessons or attend Balboa or Collegiate Shag dedicated workshops. You should be comfortable social dancing at tempos between 170 and 190 bpm or above. This track is for you if you want to finesse your current repertoire of moves, learn more variations, continue to work on transitions and flow between moves, and dive deeper into partner communication and musicality.

Pre-requisite: You can do everyting mentioned in the previous levels and dance an entire evening within the tempo range below.

Tempo range: 170 - 190 bpm

Example: Ball of Fire by Gene Krupa

Junior

Course Description

This track is for students who dance Balboa or Collegiate Shag regularly. You take group lessons, private lessons, and attend Balboa or Collegiate Shag dedicated workshops. You are probably amongst the most experienced Balboa/Collegiate Shag dancers in your scene. You should be comfortable social dancing at tempos between 190 and 215 bpm or above. This track is for you if you want to add your own styling to a mix of core move variations, timing changes, separations, and breaks. You wish to add more complicated footwork and eyecatching move variations to your repertoire or hone competition or performance skills. You may also be starting to teach in your home scene and interested in strengthening your teaching skills.

Pre-requisite: You can do everyting mentioned in the previous levels and dance an entire evening within the tempo range below. Juniors will participate in a level check class.

Comfortable tempo range: 190 - 215 bpm

Example: Rag Mop by Jimmy Dorsey

Senior

Course Description

This track is for accomplished Balboa and Collegiate Shag dancers who have developed their own voice in the dance. Dancers should be adept in a variety of classic and newer moves, footwork variations, timing changes, separations and breaks. You attend events regularly and often test into the most advanced levels. You can dance to a wide range of tempos, including tempos between 215 - 240 bpm and above. This track is for you if you spend a lot of time fine-tuning your dance, teaching, performing, or competing. 

Pre-requisite: You can do everyting mentioned in the previous levels and dance an entire evening within the tempo range below. Seniors will participate in a level check class.

Comfortable tempo range: 215 - 240 bpm

Example: Swingtime in the Rockies by Benny Goodman

Graduate School (Upon Approval)

Course Description

Graduate school classes are for seasoned Balboa and Collegiate Shag dancers who know who they are as a dancer and continue to explore what they want to bring to floor, regularly geek out on Balboa or Collegiate Shag, study the history and "old-timers", teach in their scene or at regional events, make practice part of their daily or weekly routine, travel nationally or internationally for dance, are often invited to the highest level or invitational tracks at other events...you get the idea. Graduate school is for the serious dancer who wants to spend their time exploring the nitty gritty details of what makes these dances so great. You can do all the things and dance to all the tempos. Masters-level social dancers, teachers, competitors, and performers may choose to apply to HRH Graduate School. Disclaimer: Depending on interest in this new level, Graduate school may range from a few focused class sessions for our most-experience dancers or expand to an entire new track. 

Requirements: Students interested in these special classes must complete our Graduate School application (coming soon) and submit a video. If approved, you do not have to participate in level check, so, practice up, folks!

Comfortable tempo range: All tempos!

Example: Casa Loma Stomp by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra

Level Check Classes

Juniors and Seniors will participate in a level check class on Saturday morning. This class will run like a regular class and you will learn valuable content. You will be given a number to wear during class and receive a wristband by the end of class. Students who wish to take Junior or Senior level classes in both Balboa and Collegiate Shag must attend both level check classes. These classes will be staggared to make that possible. There is no level check for Lindy Hop classes.