CSF 2020 – Workshops

Update: We’ve made the call to postpone CSF this year. We hope to reschedule it at some point, once the COVID-19 situation becomes clear. 

Class Schedule

See the schedule below for all the exciting classes we have coming up at CSF2020!!

The schedule includes many hours of fun and learning with the incredible Kara, Evan, Pete and Steph (see teacher bios here). Twelve lucky earlybird registrants will win half-hour private lessons with these teachers on the Sunday afternoon (see registration details here).

There will also be an opportunity to try out some other exciting dance styles (details TBA). And, to top it all off, our amazing local yoga and Lindy Hop teacher Jess will help us ease into the final day of classes with some yoga.

All classes and socials will be held at Brazilian Beatz (407 Tuam Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011).

Class Levels

The classes will be self-streamed into three levels (two classes will be run in each time slot, so each class will all have one or two levels of dancers in them). You will have the same level stream for all different styles and the classes will be taught accordingly (i.e. if you are an amazing lindy hopper but have very little blues or solo experience, it is assumed that your general dancing ability will allow you to keep up in those classes. If you are very uncomfortable with this idea for yourself then please let us know and we can come up with a personalised schedule for you). If you prefer not to take the dance style scheduled for your stream in a given timeslot, you may attend any “Open” level class in the same timeslot.

When registering, please select the appropriate level for yourself based on the following descriptions. If you are unsure which level you should be in, please get in touch with us. You (and your classmates) will get the most out of classes when you’re getting the right amount of learning stretch but don’t feel out of your depth.

Level C You will have learned moves in 6-count, 8-count and partnered Charleston, and are capable leading or following these moves on the social dance floor. You are building up confidence to do more social dancing and are keen to learn more, more, more – more moves, more techniques, more fun! In Christchurch, you will have completed at least two sets of our level 1 syllabus and be a level 2 dancer.

Level B You will have been dancing for at least 6 months, and have a solid grasp of lindy hop footwork patterns, moves and partnership. You can dance to a range of speeds and are developing your own style on the social floor. You are comfortable mixing different types of moves, and are learning to improvise, and recover from missteps. In Christchurch, you are probably an experienced level 2 or newer level 3 dancer.

Level A – You will have several years of swing dancing experience. You’re a prolific social dancer who is comfortable dancing with people of any level, and to a wide range of speeds. You will likely have attended workshops in other cities, and you’re comfortable picking up new material in class and integrating it into your dancing. You are good at improvising, playing with the music, and adding your own personality into your dancing. You are taking the top level of classes in your own scene and/or teaching. In Christchurch you are probably an experienced level 3 dancer, and/or a teacher.

Please note: there is no absolute beginners stream at CSF this year! This is because we feel that you can still benefit a lot from our local classes, and it’s really hard to write a schedule that works for people who have just started through to those who have been dancing for 20 years! Please help us out by being honest with yourself – if you don’t (by the time of CSF) meet the requirements for Level C above, but are still keen to be involved, you could either contact us pronto to take some private lessons which will help you get to this level or, alternatively, get a socials pass and come along to all the evening dances and smash it out on the social floor every night … it’s guaranteed to improve your dancing, and be heaps of fun!

Note: We reserve the right to assign you a different level from which you have registered (either in advance, or during the weekend), if it would be a more appropriate fit based on your level and that of others who have signed up.