I'm new here... Give me the lowdown! What's the scoop?
Welcome! You're at the right place to learn classic American dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and East Coast Swing that were originally developed side by side with vintage Jazz music all the way back in the 1930's and 40's. It's a historical dance, but it's also a fun, active and energetic way to have a good time, meet awesome people, and stay fit all at once.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing something you feel comfortable moving around in, spinning in, and flat-soled shoes. As you become more involved, you may want to invest in shoes made specifically for dance (often with leather or suede soles). We have no Fashion Police, and most go for nice but casual, but if you really feel like dressing up, in vintage or some other style, go for it!
If you're going to wear a dress or skirt, we recommend you spin in it at home (or the dressing room) to see where and how much it lifts, and if you're feeling uncomfortable with it, most dancers wear shorts (we call them spanks) underneath.
Do I need to bring a partner?
Singles, couples, families, and groups are all welcome at SwingNights! Many people come by themselves and rotate partners during lessons, but students are also welcome to stay with one partner if there's someone they'd like to specifically work with. At swing dances, it's common to dance with many different people throughout the night.
I've never danced before... what classes should I take?
We suggest starting with our East Coast Swing (aka Jitterbug) classes on Sundays or Mondays before moving on to Lindy Hop. However, if you have confidence in your ability to learn a little faster you can try Lindy... just be aware it may be a little more challenging!
Does SwingNights ever cancel due to inclement weather?
We rarely cancel class. Please join and check our Facebook group: Swing Nights for day-of information. If it doesn't say anything about weather, we are still holding class!
Any more questions?
Don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!