All Traffic Jam! classes, events, and workshops cancelled through April.

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Class Descriptions

All classes are held at Dance Center Chicago.

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Swing 101
Beginner

Swing 101

Learn the 6 count basic rhythm of Swing and an array of classic moves to get you ready to social dance in just 1 month.

Swing 200
Beginner / Intermediate

Swing 200

Learn the triple step, a fundamental step and rhythm of Lindy Hop. The triple step will enable you to dance slower and do more complex moves, a themed selection of which will be featured each month.

Swing 301
Intermediate

Swing 301

Learn 8 count rhythms and advanced moves including double turns.

Lindy Hop 101
Beginner / Intermediate

Lindy Hop 101

Learn the 8 count basic rhythm of Lindy Hop and the Swing Out - the dynamic and recognizable classic Lindy Hop move.

Lindy Hop 102
Beginner / Intermediate

Lindy Hop 102

Continue your Swing Out mastery and learn some Swing Out moves.

Lindy Hop 200
Intermediate

Lindy Hop 200

Learn how to incorporate the 6 ct moves from Swing into Lindy Hop, how to effortlessly change rhythms, and explore the new world of moves this combination enables. A themed selection will be featured each month.

Lindy Hop 300
Intermediate / Advanced

Lindy Hop 300

A continuous class with changing topics at the instructors’ discretion.

Technique Intensive Workshop
Intermediate / Advanced

Technique Intensive Workshop

Master your technique in the style of Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg. We'll break down individual steps and rhythms and give you the tools to put them back together in any sequence you can imagine.

Lindy Hop 400
Advanced

Lindy Hop 400

A continuous class and our most challenging. Instructor permission is required.

Moves and Musicality Workshop
Advanced

Moves and Musicality Workshop

This fun, exciting class inspires creativity while teaching challenging moves that will inspire you to be more musical. This class is an excellent way for you to new shapes and rhythms into your vocabulary while working on timing, connection, and lead follow technique!

Charleston 101
Beginner / Intermediate

Charleston 101

Learn partnered Charleston basics and moves, and how to incorporate them with the swing dancing you already know.

Charleston 201
Intermediate

Charleston 201

Learn Tandem Charleston, the dynamic Charleston moves where leader dances behind the follower instead of at their side.

Charleston 202
Intermediate

Charleston 202

This partnered class will focus on Chase Charleston.

Solo Jazz 101
Beginner / Intermediate

Solo Jazz 101

Learn Solo Charleston and classic vernacular jazz steps in this month long progressive class. Explore the structure of Jazz music and how it guides your dancing.

Solo Jazz 201
Intermediate / Advanced

Solo Jazz 201

Expand your solo jazz vocabulary and explore topics including musicality, improvisation, classic choreographies, and jazz rhythms.

Guided Practicum
Multiple Levels

Guided Practicum

Work on the swing, Charleston, or Lindy Hop moves or technique of your choice and help others with theirs during this structured practicum. During this 4-week session, instructors will answer questions and allow ample time for practice. No partner necessary.

All classes and dances cancelled through April

In light of the current situation, we've effectively cancelled all Traffic Jam! classes and events through April. We are hoping to continue our regular programming in May, but we will follow the recommendations of the doctors and scientists who are researching Covid-19 and will keep you updated here, on our website, and via our newsletter.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation to help us support the artists and instructors who have lost work during these shutdowns, we welcome donations!

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Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement, it is not going unnoticed. We are so proud to be part of this community and we hope to see you out dancing again soon!

—The Traffic Jam! Team