Fog City Stomp 2018 has four full levels in the Lindy Hop track and all electives (with varying recommended prerequisites) in the Solo Jazz track. All levels will be capped to ensure a good learning experience. Students must choose either Lindy Hop or Solo Jazz during registration, as classes occur simultaneously.
This track has four levels: A, B, C, and D:
- Level A is typically for beginner to early intermediate dancers who have taken a few months of Lindy Hop classes. They have been exposed to the basic 6 count and 8 count footwork patterns and can comfortably dance to an entire song at a mid-tempo. If you have never danced Lindy Hop before, we recommend taking some local classes before you sign up for Level A.
- Levels B and C are for dancers with more experience than level A, but less than level D (below). The specific split between B and C will depend on the spread of experience of the attendees present—our level checkers will do their best to create cohesive learning groups for both levels (see Level Checks below).
- Level D requires an advance video audition and is reserved for the top dancers—usually folks teaching local dance classes or who perform and compete around the country.
New this year, this track has all electives. We will suggest an experience level or prerequisites for some classes, but students in this track can choose classes depending on individual interests and strengths. Classes are rated with a 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being most-beginner and 3 being most-advanced. Advanced classes move at a faster pace and present more challenging material. There will be limited audition only classes, reserved for those can pick up choreography quickly and who really know their stuff!
Anyone wishing to take Track D in Lindy Hop or audition-only classes in Solo Jazz must audition via video. See below for video audition details.
For Lindy Hop Tracks A, B, and C, the first class on Saturday will be a level check. During class, a panel will observe and decide the final level placement for each person. This format allows us to see both how you learn and how you dance, so we can then place you in a group of similar peers.
We require that EVERYONE complete the Level Check Questionnaire. We use the information you provide to group you in either the Intermediate or Advanced Level Check, which will be emailed to you about 1 week before the event. This grouping is not your final placement. The grouping allows our panel to observe the overall range of dancers attending the event, but they can place any dancer in any level. Dancers will wear a competition number and at the end of the class, the Fog City Panel will pass out wristbands to confirm which level you are in. You will participate in classes at your level for the rest of the workshops.
Fog City Stomp believes this method of placement is equally, if not more, accurate than contest style auditions. It allows us to evaluate your current dance ability and your ability to learn in a classroom setting over the course of an hour and by multiple people. Less pressure for you, more thoughtfulness for us! Furthermore, the event attendees benefit from receiving additional instruction during this hour of level check classes, instead of enduring a high stakes audition process. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone auditioning for Track D in Lindy Hop or audition-only classes in Solo Jazz must submit two videos of themselves dancing in that style: one dancing faster than 180 bpm and one dancing slower than 180 bpm. Each video must be at least 1 minute long and recent (taken within the past year). A mix of improvised social dancing, performance, and/or competition videos is preferred but not required. Videos due November 1 by email to email@example.com, subject: "Lindy Hop Audition" OR "Solo Jazz Audition”. Please also fill out the Level Check Questionnaire when you register.