Hello hoppers!

We know that some of you still have doubts, so we prepared a list with the main questions you might be asking yourself. Check here if your question has already been answered. If not, and if you have any other, e-mail us at contato@hepcats.com.br .

Visa, do I need one?

To find out if you need a visa to travel to Brazil, click here. Brazil adopts a policy of reciprocity regarding visas; this means that nationals from countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens will need a visa to travel to Brazil. According to the Brazilian law, Brazil needs to sign an agreement on a reciprocal basis to offer visa waiver to nationals of other countries. Brazil has signed visa exemption agreements with more than 90 countries.

Transport from/to the airport

The Guarulhos International Airport is located 25 km from the city center of São Paulo. Several buses, taxis, and transfers companies provide airport shuttle. You can check for information at this page, or you can also use Uber and Cabify, they are good options.

The cheapest option to get from the airport to the city is the suburban bus 257, which costs around BRL7.00 and its final stop is the subway station Tatuapé (line 3 - red). However, it takes longer to arrive tin the city than the more expensive buses and might not be as comfortable. More information at: http://www.emtu.sp.gov.br/emtu/itinerarios-e-tarifas/encontre-uma-linha/airport-bus-service.fss

What level should I sign up for?

Dancers will be split into four levels according to their skills. Levels are chosen by dancers at registration and confirmed during the audition on Saturday, before classes start.

Beginners (no audition)

To those taking the first steps in Lindy Hop. You know 6-count and 8-count basics but still need to practice so that your body and ideas flow better when you’re dancing.

Intermediate (no audition)

Dancers in this level understand 6-count and 8-count steps, are familiar with lots of steps and wish to improve or learn more complex ones.

Intermediate/Advanced (audition required)

It’s expected that these dancers know how to improvise during a dance and they will be able to dance to faster songs.

Advanced (audition required)

If you are one, you know it!

Audition for Intermediate/Advanced - How is it going to work?

Auditions exist so that teachers can get to know the dancers better and are also able to identify the groups needs. Spliting in two levels will create groups with compatible skills and consequently a better class development. The split will be made by the teachers with the occasional help of the event staff, and its criteria will be your dancing skills or elements of it that teachers find necessary for dancers to keep up with the class level.

Everyone will dance and change partners once in a while so teachers can observe the level of the class individually.

We trust our teachers criteria for the split, so once it’s done there’ll be no changes.

Important: Audition is mandatory. In case someone does not show up or participates, they will be placed in the level which does not spoil the balance between followers and leaders and the classes’ development.

What should I take to the classes?

What do I need for the Check-in?

In order to check-in for the classes you’ll need your passport or a document with your photograph. This way we’re able to confirm your registration and hand in your welcome kit!

Can I take other people to the parties?

Of course! Parties will be open to non-dancers and tickets will be sold at the dance venues.