Lindy Hop does not NEED to be learned in a classroom.
But it certainly helps.
It is our opinion that Lindy Hop should not exist behind a paywall.
Lindy Hop should be free to learn.
Here at Copper City Swing, we define 3 general methods of learning Lindy Hop.
Of course, you can mix and match the methods. But, we recognize that many people may only have the ability to do one method, and some will have a preference and ability to do the other ways.
The differences between the methods are mostly individual preference and financial ability.
The cost-efficient option: Social Dance Method
Ironically, the cost-efficient method is also the least efficient way to learn.
This method is time-consuming and labor-intensive. It also happens to be the way that I have observed most people end up learning. Especially in Arizona. Where widely accessible progressive Lindy Hop lessons do not exist outside of Copper City Swing. This is how I learned Lindy Hop and it will continue to be a choice, especially for people who cannot afford lessons.
This method consists of paying for the pre-social dance intro lessons and then social dancing, asking other dancers to show you how to do new moves, watching YouTube instructional and competition videos, and practicing by yourself and/or with friends at home, or at venues before social dances.
The time-efficient method: Classes + privates
Is also the most expensive. But you're going to become confident in your abilities and competent in the dance exceptionally quickly.
Since this dance is highly focused on social elements, we encourage people who take this method to also go out for social dancing. But, there is nothing wrong with wanting to take lessons and privates and not go social dancing! I have had many students adopt this method for various reasons which are all valid.
This method consists of attending progressive group classes, and individual or small group private lessons. You can always add social dancing and their introductory lessons into this method, but this is really good for learning quickly if you are someone who can afford classes and private lessons then you should absolutely do it! You won't regret it!
Membership method: "Copper City Membership" Or student membership
The best bang for your buck! Become a full-fledged club member and get access to discounted or free access for everything that CCS hosts. Including but not limited to zero-additional cost to access to all classes of whatever level you are in, and all social dance practices. Full membership also includes massive discounts on social dances, workshops, intensives, clinics, our annual events, and private lessons.
Student membership includes full access to all classes of whatever level you are in plus all social dance practices.
There is nothing else like this in the valley. Truly competitive pricing plus quality content and expertise.
"Some day soon, money will become a memory, and all things will be free" – Anonymous
Why aren't classes free now?
Copper City Swing is still new, we are trying out new and different ways of operating. We are operating out of pocket as we do not believe we should take on debt for the company to operate.
Free is simply not an option at this time.
However, the more partnerships we develop, the more collaborations we do, and the more people that talk about us, the easier and more cost-effective our programs will become. Tell your friends about Lindy Hop! It's the only way things change!
If you want to be a part of the developing community here in the East Valley. We are looking for managing members for our co-op.
And we have volunteering opportunities. Which will allow people to attend classes, events, and social dancing in exchange for some of your time and labor. PM us and subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive access to volunteer and paid positions.