Classes

Winter Jump offers solo jazz and Lindy Hop tracks with 8 hours of workshop classes, several concept classes and a culture talk.

The Lindy Hop track has 6 levels, please read the level descriptions and choose wisely.

The solo jazz track has one level aimed at dancers with authentic jazz experience - please read the level description. Some of the main teachers will be teaching the solo jazz classes (in addition to Lindy Hop classes).

Rough schedule

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Class venues

The class venues are all within walking distance.

BUL is about 500 meters away from BLS and Treningshuset, less than 10 minutes on foot.

Levels

Levels are always a challenge. Where do I place myself? How do I know what I master and not? 

Since there are no auditions, we trust that you read the level descriptions thoroughly and choose wisely. Please make sure you sign up for the level you feel is the best fit for you. We believe it is better to sign up at a level where you can master all aspects of the level descriptions. This way the teachers can plan for the best possible output of the class.

If you are not sure what level to register for, you can ask your local teachers or regular dance partner about their opinion. There will be very limited chances of changing level during the festival.

We want to emphasize that level placement is not a way of validating you as a dancer or person. You are an awesome person and dancer no matter what level you sign up for! And we believe that all dancers can benefit from training and social dancing with each other, no matter what level they are at.

Level descriptions

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Crushing on Lindy Hop

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You recently started dancing and feel excited to go to your first international swing dance event. You are familiar with triple steps, groove walks and some basic figures such as Lindy Circle, I go - you go, Tuck turn and Swing Out. You can’t wait to learn new skills and dance as much as possible!

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Dating Lindy Hop

☀️

You are starting to fall in love with Lindy Hop, and feel ready to take it further. You know the basics, such as Tuck turn, Swing Out, Circle, and Charleston/Kick steps. You can dance 6 counts and 8 counts in the same song without a problem. Sometimes you might feel uncertain on the dance floor, and find it challenging to dance to fast tempos on a crowded floor. You need some guidance to grow further, and can’t wait to learn from the amazing teachers at the festival.

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Crazy in love with Lindy Hop

⭐️

You are absolutely in love with Lindy Hop, and want to learn all there is to know! You're familiar with most of the basic vocabulary, but some pieces are missing. You're still searching to expand your knowledge on basics, but you are eager to learn new moves too. You need more guidance around body awareness and improvisation, but you're ready to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. You have probably been to dance festivals before, and had such a great time, so you really can’t wait for Winter Jump!

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In a relationship with Lindy Hop

❤️

You are an active dancer in your scene and have been to several international dance events before. You are comfortable with learning new material quickly and without much explanation. You are happy to look at the teachers executing a move, and then try it yourself without further explanation. You have probably watched your own dancing on video and are committed to growing as a dancer. You would like to feel more comfortable around improvisation, work on rhythms and refining your technique.

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Lifelong parner with Lindy Hop

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You have been dancing for a long time, and appreciate working on the small details. You might be a local teacher and/or travel to international dance events regularly. You probably practise concepts, moves and styles on your own. You feel very comfortable improvising, playing with rhythms, making musical choices and reacting to phrasing and dynamics in the music, and you would like to work more on various techniques and bringing your own personality into the dance. You highly appreciate the social aspects of Lindy Hop, and are motivated by working on communication with your dance partners.

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Married to Lindy Hop

⭕️

You travel to international dance events regularly, take part in competitions and you are probably one of the more experienced teachers in your local community. You regularly practice dance on your own, and you are aware of the choices you make when you dance and what you bring into the dance of your own personality. You are an active contributor in your dance scene by taking part in jam circles, performing and competing. You love to show off your new moves and share your dancing with others.

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I keep dancing on my own

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You have been taking solo jazz classes before, and know authentic jazz steps such as Half break, Full breaks, Fall of the log, Applejacks, Suzie Q etc. You feel comfortable learning pieces of choreography, and would like to work on body awareness, movement through space, improvisation, styling and rhythm variations. You would like some more guidance on bringing your personal style and taste into your solo dancing.

Concept class descriptions

Please note that concept classes are only for full pass holders

(except for the bouncing babies class and tap dance class which are for family pass holders too)

Concept class descriptions

Please note that concept classes are only for full pass holders

(except for the bouncing babies class and tap dance class which are for family pass holders too)

Liane & Rija 1

Musicality class
Open level

Swing music is the core of Lindy hop. It makes us move and feel in rhythm. We will explore how to listen and interpret the different jazz styles, feels and grooves through micro and macro musicality.

Liane & Rija 2

Slow Lindy
Open level

Lindy hop is known for its rhythm and dynamic energy on fast tempos but it is also a very expressive dance when it comes to slower tempos. We will explore tricks and shiny moves to feel comfortable even when the tempo gets slow!

Liane & Rija 3

Pimp your charleston
Intermediate/advanced level ❤️♾️⭕️

In this class, we will learn a cool Charleston combo, inspired by classic moves from the soundies and old clips.

Hip Hop with Yurleyley

Open level
Hip Hop is a subculture, lifestyle and artform that originates from Black American culture. It encompasses music, clothes, graffiti, DJing and MCing in addition to dancing. This class will focus on basic elements such as bounce, groove, basic-steps from the Hip Hop dance. And most importantly having fun! Come get your groove on in this intro class!

Afrofusion with Freddy

Open level
Add some sugar, spice and everything nice! Freddy Milanya will take you back to the roots of Lindy Hop by giving you a take on modern African street dance. Afrofusion serves a unique mix of various dance styles originating from the African continent, with a strong focus on rhythmical variations. Get ready to move and express!

Tap Dance with T.J.

Open level
Get ready for rhythms and happy feet in this intro class! We’ll learn a few key steps to help us dance and play with a simple rhythmic combination. Being the first of the jazz dances, all moving and rhythm making will be done a cappella and in relation to standard Jazz and blues musical concepts. The main requirement is the desire to share and play with rhythms! Come as you are, no tap shoes needed! (Although we recommend hard soled (so you can hear yourself) and with no grip so that you are able to slide or glide on the floor easily. But if all you have is socks - acceptable as well!)

Bouncing babies

Open level
A parent friendly Lindy Hop class with Elze and Peter. This class is for the Family Pass holders, but also Full Pass holders with kids. Party Pass holders with kids can buy a ticket for the class at the reception (200 NOK). Bring your kids and come dance with us!

Culture talk

Dr. Marie N’diaye will lead a conversation with Ursula Hicks, Katie Cobalt and Felipe Braga addressing perspectives on culture and how Lindy Hop has evolved, the current situation in the international Lindy Hop scene and how we can create more inclusive and diverse local Lindy Hop communities.

DJ workshop

Open level
Christophe Chalot will talk about his passion for DJing and share tips and tricks. In this workshop you will be asked to share and exchange thoughts and ideas about DJing for swing/jazz dancers. You are encouraged to bring any relevant issues to this workshop, such as questions about equipment and technical aspects, music, genres, building a music library, planning a DJ set, reading the room, balancing playing popular songs vs challenging the dancers. Bring your questions and thoughts and settle in for useful tips and tricks!
Stay tuned!
More information about levels, audition and classes will be posted closer to the event.