For details about the current course (Sep-Jan), see here
Registrations are CLOSED for this course
The next round of Sugarspin classes runs from February 4 till July 1st. Registrations open on Monday 7 January. We offer 4 groups, all of which are held on Monday evenings. The courses are 20 lessons. More information about this can be found under “Membership Fee and Course Length.” We have moved 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 (Feb 4th).
- Lollipops For all those who have already taken our Sugarbeets course or have at least 6 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 This is our highest level. We teach new material here every block, so you can keep developing yourself, not matter how long you have been dancing at this level already. For this level you need at least 10 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. If you were in the “Blue” or “Lollipops” last season, please sign up under “Blue Cotton Candy”. If you were “Pink” last block, please sign up as “Pink” again.
There will be a free social dance from 20:00-22:15, open for everyone, especially visitors.
Schedule (on Mondays)
Lessons from February 4 till July 1st. The first Sugarbeets class is a free open lesson. Please note that the schedule has changed! There will be no lessons on April 22nd and June 10th!
|Large Room||Smaller Room|
|19:00 – 20:00||Sugarbeets||Pink Cotton Candy|
|20:00 – 21:00||Blue Cotton Candy||Social Dance / Practice time|
|21:00 – 22:00||Lollipops||Social Dance / Practice time|
|22:00 – 22:15||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.
Registrations for the current course are now closed. Our next beginners course starts around the beginning of September, so keep an eye out for us then 😉
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.
To participate in lessons you have to become a member of Sugarspin. 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.