The levels and audition process below are representative of our 2018 Midwest Lindy Fest. Please use this as a reference but check back soon for more details on the 2019 class levels and auditions.


Level 1 (formerly known as Crash Course)

You know what a swing-out is and you can do one.  You've been dancing for a few months to a year, know the ideas of 6-count vs 8-count patterns, but are still exploring how these patterns and moves fit together. This track will help take your dancing to the next level so you can feel comfortable dancing entire songs socially.


Level 2 (Audition Required)

You've been dancing for at least a year, and have gone out social dancing at least occasionally.  You feel comfortable dancing complete songs to music at moderate tempos, but fast and slow songs are still very challenging.  Swing-outs, tuck turns, sugar pushes, and basic Charleston should all be familiar to you while you learn to integrate 6 and 8 count patterns. You are ready to add more variations to your repertoire.


Level 3 (Audition Required)

You've been dancing for a few years and are comfortable with medium to fast tempos. Your swing-out continues to improve and you are starting to add your own personality. The trust relationship between connection with a partner is dawning on you. Texas Tommy, footwork variations, tandem Charleston, hand-to-hand Charleston, Shorty George, Apple Jacks, Tacky Annies, equal and opposite, and counterbalance, should be terms that you are familiar with. You should also have an understanding of the importance of outside exposure, travel, and different dance styles, perhaps having already traveled or at least attended a locally hosted regional or national event.


Level 4 (Audition Required)

You have a few years of experience and should be familiar the bulk of traditional Lindy Hop moves. Now is the time to begin to understand how the dance and the music relate and interact. Fast Tempos up to 220bpm should be accessible to you. You are starting to think about dance more theoretically and are finding your personal style. Connection is important in your dance because it creates that trust between you and your partner. You also know that connection is not simple but complex, consisting of points of connection, strength of the connection, direction of the connection, and more. Concepts of movement and musicality should have dawned on you as well as the ability to improvise, very simple moves to create interesting movements as well as footwork flourishes. You are comfortable with Lindy Hop variations and combinations, 20s Charleston, 30s Charleston, Tandem Charleston, Hand to Hand Charleston and have been exposed to the other swing dances, including balboa, shag, and vintage jazz steps.


Level 5 (Audition Required)

You have been dancing for a number of years and are familiar with all concepts outlined in the previous levels. Dance theory and concepts are important to you, and you should be comfortable with musicality and movement concepts. No tempo frightens you. Creativity and expression on the floor is what you are looking for in your dances. You have traveled and learned from a variety of teachers in a variety of places. Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Blues all have an interest to you and you work them into your dances as the music moves you. You understand that the fundamentals are key to this dance — maybe even having revamped your swing out several times already.

Audition Format

Auditions are held at Dancer's Studio. No audition required for level 1.

In response to attendee feedback, MWLF is using a new audition format starting in 2018.  The Worlds Largest Mix and Match (TM) is being replaced with 4 class-based auditions. Each audition has 6 judges, 3 for leads and 3 for follows. Each judge places each participant into a level. Participants are then ranked by their average score and placed into levels according to the desired distribution of the MWLF Organizing team.

Participants will be assigned to one of the four audition blocks based on self-reported skill and room size. Two auditions will run simultaneously followed by a second set of auditions.  The classes in each room will be of similar style taught by your headline instructors.  Judges will observe the class to evaluate both dancing and learning ability prior to making placements.

The placement scoring and tallying will be completed over lunch and results will be emailed to the attendees, as well as be available online, accessed by registration id. (We'll add a link here when the time comes.)

Feel free to use the contact information in the footer to inquire further about the new Audition Process.