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The next round of Sugarspin classes runs from September 3 till January 28. We offer 4 courses, all of which are held on Monday evenings. The courses are now 20 lessons instead of 12. More information about this can be found under “Membership Fee and Course Length.” We are moving to two rounds of classes per year, such that dancers joining the Cotton Candy level have enough experience to merge with the hoppers dancing there already.
- Sugarbeets This is our course for absolute beginners. In this course we will teach the basics of Lindy Hop. The first class is a free open lesson (Sep 3rd). If you follow the open lesson on the party on September 8th and the class is not yet full, you can also join us from September 10 onwards.
- Lollipops For all those who have already taken our Sugarbeets (Lindy A) course or have at least 3 months of experience elsewhere. The Lollipops course will further build on improving your basis to dance Lindy Hop, and will also incorporate Charleston, such that you have a good basis for further learning.
- Cotton Candy For this level you need at least 6 Months of experience, this means you have danced in our lollipops or cotton candy level before. There are two groups; the “Blue Cotton Candy” and the “Pink Cotton Candy” group. The teachers will allocate you to either of these two groups. You will be informed by e-mail by the board. In principle, you’ll receive the same lesson material, but due to the amount of time you spent practicing, prior dancing experience and your own unique learning curve, we’ll allocate you to the group that will optimize your learning experience.
In between and after classes there will be a free social dance, open for everyone, especially visitors.
Schedule (on Mondays)
Lessons from September 3 till January 28. The first Sugarbeets class is a free open lesson. There will be no lessons on December 24 and 31st.
|Large Room||Smaller Room|
|19:00 – 20:00||Sugarbeets||Pink Cotton Candy|
|20:00 – 20:45||Social Dance / Practice time|
|20:45 – 21:45||Blue Cotton Candy||Lollipops|
|21:45 – 22:30||Social Dance / Practice time|
Leading and Following
Lindy Hop is danced by a leader and a follower. The leader initiates the moves and directions. The follower follows the direction given, and has a lot of freedom to add styling and contribute to the dance. Traditionally, men danced as leaders and women danced as followers, and will usually still be asked for their traditional role at parties. Nowadays in the Lindy Hop scene everybody is free to choose what fits them best, and encouraged to dance with anybody, no matter what age or gender. Many advanced dancers enjoy both roles nowadays.
Registations for the September courses are now closed.
Registration for the open lesson is not required, but we would like to have an idea who is coming. For this please reply going on our facebook event. If you want to take an open lesson before you join the Sugarbeets course, please only register after you have decided to take the full course.
To encourage a good lead/follow balance (we usually have more follows), we encourage you to sign up with someone of the opposite role. This ensures you have a spot (if the class is not full). But you can also sign up alone (especially leaders). We will rotate partners in class. Registrations are accepted in order of registration, as long as the class is balanced. Failure to complete the payment instructions in time may put you back on the waiting list.
Membership Fee and Course Length
There are two terms to be aware of regarding lessons at Sugarspin. Courses and blocks. At Sugarspin we teach 4 courses. Each course is divided into 2 blocks of 10 lessons each. To proceed to the next level of classes, you need to have finished the 20 lesson course set for that level. We strongly recommend applicants to sign up for both blocks up front to get the proper basis each course offers. This also ensures better continuity of class balance throughout a course and is therefore the standard option. At Sugarspin we appreciate enthusiasm however. If you’re very enthusiastic to become a member and take lessons, but for whatever reason cannot commit to one full course, then you can subscribe for one block. If you’d like to know more about this option, you can contact us.
To participate in lessons you have to become a member of Sugarspin. You become a member by applying for membership through the registration form and if your application is accepted. Whether your application is accepted depends on 1.) the balance of the classes and 2.) whether we have received your membership payment. Membership duration runs concurrently to blocks. If you’re a member for one block, you can participate with lessons for that one block. Access to the Sugarspin Facebook members page is only open to members.
The membership cost of one block is €60,-. The cost of one full course is therefore €120,-. It is possible to pay the course fee of €120 in two terms. Please note, that not paying the second term will result in loss of membership for the duration of that term.
De Travertijn Travertijnstraat 6, 9743 SZ, Groningen
Use the side entrance on the right hand side of the building.
By car, you can follow Arduinlaan and the Vuursteenstraat. Please park your car at the street at the Travertijn side, as parking at the other side is not allowed. The parking behind the building is for residents only.