Nope. We are a social dance group. What that means is we emphasize socializing and meeting new people through our events.
At the beginning of the lesson we will teach the two roles, leader and follower. Each role will be taught separately until we ask everyone to partner up. We ensure everyone will have a partner during the lesson. During and throughout the lesson the teachers will ask everyone to rotate partners so that everyone gets a chance to practice with new leads and follows.
At our Friday night dances, you require no experience to come. These events are designed to introduce individuals to the very basics of swing dancing. We usually teach deconstructed steps and break down each part. By the end of the lesson, you should be able to swing dance an entire song with a few moves in your pocket.
Our events do not have an age restriction. Children are more than welcome to attend so long as an adult is there to supervise them. In the past we’ve had participants who were 8-13 years old. While we have various ages joining our event, the average individual is around 20-30 years old.
Parents should be aware of a few things. Our Friday Night Swing Dance go from 7PM to 10PM. The lesson itself is from 7:30PM to 8:30PM. During the lesson itself, we do ask that we rotate partners meaning she will be dancing with other people. If you or your child are not comfortable with that you are more than welcome to simply not be part of the rotation. While we encourage rotating partners to learn, it’s not mandatory.
If you’d like for us to accommodate you and your child, please contact us in advance to let us know of your presence.
During our social dance, typically at the beginning of a song, a person will approach someone and ask ‘Would you like to dance?’. If that person agrees, they will typically dance a song, thank each other, dance again or find new partners to dance with. Some individuals dance every song, others will pick and choose their songs. Either way is ok. You are also welcome to say no for whatever reason and you do not need to divulge that reason. This is a whole new way to interact with people than say a club or dance club, but it’s a great way to meet people!
Each participant is asked to bring clean indoor shoes. You don’t need dancing shoes, but it’s encouraged to wear flat shoes (no heels). The most popular type of shoes you’ll see at these events are Keds, sneakers, oxfords, dress shoes and ballet flats.