Courses September 2020 – January 2021

Registrations have now closed for the new season.

Dear dancers (to be),

Welcome to the info-page regarding the sparkling new Sugarspin Lindy Hop courses. Even if you have danced with us before, please read the directions below since there have been some big changes because of the Covid 19 measures.

Lindy in times of Covid 19

All partnered courses require you to sign up with a partner. At this moment it’s not allowed to switch partners per lesson – or during the lesson. If you don’t have a dance partner, you could try asking on our Facebook page. If that doesn’t work, you can sign up alone and we’ll try to match you with someone. Please use the comments field at the bottom of the form if you want us to try to match you up with someone. If we don’t have any success finding another partner, you can apply for the Solo Jazz course.

Your partner also needs to register. Registrations are accepted in order of registration time and class capacity for the course you choose. Failure to complete the payment instructions in time may put you back on the waiting list.

Solo Jazz

If you want to follow our Solo Jazz courses with John on Fridays you will have to register for these. Due to space limitations (because of the mandatory 1,5m distance between participants) spots for this course are limited. In case of over-booking we will give priority to members who can’t follow partnered classes due to our current fixed partner regime. For all other members we will use a ‘first come first serve’-regime.

Safety measures on the dance floor

The following safety measures will be in place on the dance floor of The Travertijn:

  • There will be spaces in which to dance marked with tape on the ground. Please try to dance in the middle of your space.
  • While moving around the Travertijn, try keeping 1,5 meter distance from the other attendees.
  • Wash your hands before and after your dancing slot.
  • Bring a water bottle and towel. Avoid using cups etc. at the Travertijn.
  • Follow the designated walking directions within the Travertijn.
  • Follow the guidelines by the teachers or board members that are present.

Additionally, if you or your partner have to answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, please inform your dance partner and don’t go to class:

  1. Have you experienced any of the following health issues in the past 24 hours: having a cold, cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever (38 degrees Celsius or more)?
  2. Do you have a room/housemate who is experiencing a cough, fever and/or serious shortness of breath?
  3. Have you had COVID-19 in the last 7 days (determined by a lab-test)?
  4. Do you have a room/housemate who has COVID-19 (determined by a lab-test) and have you had contact with this room/housemate in the last 14 days while this person was still experiencing the COVID-19 symptoms?
  5. Are you currently in quarantine because you had direct contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Membership Fee and Course Length

At Sugarspin we teach 2 courses a year. To participate in lessons you have to become a member of Sugarspin. The membership cost for one course duration is €120,-. It is possible to pay the membership 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.

Membership paid in February 2020

Are you one of the unfortunate dancers that signed up in February and couldn’t dance because of the Covid19 lockdown? You won’t have to pay again, but you will have to re-register with a partner.

If you don’t want to dance with Sugarspin anymore, you can ask for a refund by sending an e-mail to info@sugarspin.nl with subject: ‘REFUND’ – and add the bank account where we can deposit your registration fee.

Class levels

We offer 4 levels of partnered Lindy Hop classes with sugary names, and 2 Solo Jazz levels.

At every partnered course you’ll have to apply as a couple. Changing dance partners from lesson to lesson is not allowed at this moment.

Sugarbeats (Beginners)

  • You’ve heard of Lindy Hop and want to experience this dance! In this course you’ll learn the fundamentals of Lindy Hop: connection, differences between six- and eight-count moves, and basic steps towards your first Swingouts. We’ll also take you along with us to your first social dance! During this course you can expect:
    • Six-count moves such as the send-out, pass-by and tuck-turn
    • Eight-count moves such as the promenade and lindy circle
    • Floor craft: How to dance in tight spaces
    • The Charleston: how to keep dancing when music is really fast!

Lollipops (Beginner-intermediate)

  • You’ve finished the Sugarbeats course and feel like digging deeper into the dance.  This 20-lesson Lollipops-course will help improve your basics and treats a lot of new moves and techniques. If you want to focus on your basics before moving on to the Cotton Candies you can take this class a second time. During this course you can expect:
    • Lindy Hop’s signature move: the swingout
    • Techniques such as: frame, compression and momentum
    • Learn how to do pop-turns and other spins & turns
    • Charleston tandem

Cotton Candies (Intermediate)

  • This is our social-oriented dance class for the people that focus on dancing as a leisure activity. Your basics are clean and your triple-steps are spot on. You can effortlessly lead or follow a promenade, lindy circle and Charleston hand-to-hand. You want to work on your technique and connection as well as expand your lindy vocabulary. This is your level if you currently experience circumstances which will lead you to miss some of the weekly classes. This level will feature rotating content and is thus suitable to be taken multiple times. During this course you can expect to:
    • Learn some intermediate figures that go beyond standard he six or eight count moves;
    • Focus more on social dancing,
    • Perfect your swingout and learn variations;
    • Gently speed up your Charleston dancing.

Marshmallows (Intermediate-advanced)

  • Our most ambitious, technique-oriented regular level for the real lindy-nerds. As a Marshmallow, you are ready to learn more advanced moves, but you also realise that you’ll need to continue working on the core moves to hone your fundamentals. You know how to effortlessly lead or follow swingouts, Charleston in tandem and fast Lindy Hop. You are starting to use rhythm variations in your footwork and know how to use connection to dance beyond just the figures. This level will feature rotating content and is thus suitable to take multiple times. This level requires you to be present regularly in order to keep up. During this course you work on:
    • Obtaining a deeper understanding of the principles of the dance (nerd out!)
    • Blending Charleston and Lindy
    • Perfecting your fundamentals
    • Learning rhythm and figure variations

 

Butterscotch (invitational)

Sadly, this block we don’t have the teaching capacity to teach this course. People who have danced at this level can apply for a special peer-group on Monday evenings where they can ‘just dance’ as well as practice and work on their personal learning goals. If you prefer the structure of a regular class you can sign up for the Marshmallow classes. We will have more information on the Butterscotch Peer-group shortly.

 

Solo rolos (Solo Jazz)

We offer two solo jazz courses; beginner & intermediate. In these lessons, we will build our own routine together, so you get to work on new jazz moves while creating your own wonderful piece! Besides the routine, we’ll work on some improvisation, so you can also have a great time on the dance floor without a partner. Solo Jazz is really good for improving your Lindy Hop: you’ll get more comfortable in improvising while spicing up your Lindy Hop and it’s very good for your body control.

 

People who were not able to find a partner for a partnered course, will get priority in applying for a Solo Jazz course. In this way we’re trying to ensure that a maximum number of people can actually dance.

 

Progression through levels
Each of our courses lasts for approximately five months. Beginning from the Sugarbeats course (for absolute beginners), you’ll move on to the Lollipops level. After this, you can move on to the Cotton Candies Course. Once you’ve taken at least one full course in the Cotton Candies level, you might opt to join the technique-focused Marshmallows course.

You can always consider retaking a course, in order to enhance your skills. This is especially handy if you haven’t been able to attend a lot of lessons or have found the material or pace challenging. You’ll receive an evaluation of which level suits you best before each sign-up, based on your progress and attendance.

Please note that the final composition of classes is contingent on the number of sign-ups and the balance of leads and follows. So you might be placed in a different level than the one you chose. In case of oversubscription of a certain level,  teachers’ advice may be used to place students in a different level.

Schedule

Lessons start on Monday 7th of September till the end of January 2021 while using the following schedule.

Based on the number of sign-ups this schedule might change slightly.


Registrations

Registrations have now closed for the season starting September

Confirmations will follow on Sunday 6th of September.

Membership Fee and Course Length

At Sugarspin we teach 2 courses a year. To participate in lessons you have to become a member of Sugarspin. The membership cost for one course duration is €120,-. It is possible to pay the membership 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.

Location


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.

Q&A

I’m new, and all this is overwhelming me. How do I just start learning Lindy Hop?

Sign up for the Sugarbeats :) That’s our complete beginner level. No previous dancing experience required.

Can I get a taste of Lindy Hop before I sign up?

This course we’re sorry to say that an open lesson would be too much of a risk regarding the Covid19 measures. We’ll have to skip it this block.

I’m new to Sugarspin, but have Lindy Hop experience from elsewhere. For which level do I sign up?

We recommend you read the level descriptions and determine what you think fits your experience level. If you’re still in doubt, send us an e-mail at info@sugarspin.nl or ask one of the teachers at the open lesson.

I’ve danced in the Lollipops, which level do I sign up for?

You automatically land in the Cotton Candies level, unless you’d like to take the Lollipops level again. If you’ve missed many lessons, that would be a good option.

I’m a Sugarbeat, what do I do?!

Sign up for the Lollipops :)

What’s this Butterscotch thing?

This is a group for people invited by the teachers of that level. There are some serious expectations related to this level, and invitations are re-assessed for every course.

I signed up, but didn’t receive an email saying I’m accepted.

Class balance is always taken into account. For every follow, there must be a lead. So you can give it more time, encourage a friend to sign up, or find a partner to sign up with (found one? Send us an email and let us know)

I feel that I was given the wrong level recommendation, what do I do?

The level recommendations are based on several factors:
– Time you spent practising
– Prior dancing experience
– Technique
– Your personal learning curve
This way, we can make sure everyone has a good learning experience within classes to progress. If you feel that you should be in another level, please contact one of the teachers, or reach out to us at info@sugarspin.nl

My schedule clashes with the level I’ve been recommended for. What do I do?
That’s up to you. If you can’t take the recommended level, you can sign up for a lower level if that one does fit your schedule. It could be the perfect time to try a different role, for example. If you’re still unsure, ask one of the teachers for advice, or send us an e-mail at info@sugarspin.nl
Can I take the Solo Jazz class together with a Lindy Hop class?

Yes, you can. You can also only take the Solo Jazz course if you like, or only a Lindy Hop course.

What happened to the stretching?

We no longer have it as an official block, but of course you’re welcome to stretch after your classes.

Do I have to pay more to follow the Solo Jazz course?

We don’t charge per course you take. We only charge a membership fee. Members are allowed to subscribe to one Lindy Hop course (possibly two, if class balance allows), and also the Solo Jazz course.

So if you’re a member, you can take a Lindy Hop course, the Solo Jazz course, or both. The cost is the same, which is €120 per semester.

Practise session?

Yes! For one hour on Mondays :)

Wait. I’m a Marshmallow, and I can’t participate in the social on Monday. What’s up with that?

Unfortunately, due to practical reasons, we’ve had to make this decision. Because the Marshmallows is our highest level, we offer the practise session from 19-20 instead, for you to work on your learnings. And of course there’s always Upstairs Swing!

I have a question that’s not on this page.

Send it to us, at info@sugarspin.nl