FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear to classes / the social dance?
Dress comfortably and wear something you can move around in! Casual wear is typical on a regular night and can include jeans, pants, dresses and skirts. Make sure to wear a pair of shorts on underneath dresses/skirts since you'll be moving around a lot! On live music nights, we suggest dressing up a little nicer!
What shoes are best for swing dancing?
Most dancers prefer to wear flat shoes (like keds) or athletic shoes with minimal tread while dancing. Dress shoes with leather soles are also an excellent option. You want your shoes to be able to slide a bit on wood floor (sticky shoes will hurt your knees!). Leather or suede on the bottom of your shoes can give them just what they need for a good night of dancing. We strongly recommend that newer dancers avoid high heels as these can be difficult to learn in.
Do I need a partner? Or if I have a partner, do I need to rotate during class?
No, you do not need a partner. Our classes rotate partners frequently so you get to dance with a lot of people! During the social dance, most people find a new partner after a song or two.
If you come to class with a partner, you do not need to rotate but please make sure you tell rotating dancers to skip you! Keep in mind, we have found that dancers who rotate progress more quickly than non-rotating dancers, so don't be discouraged if it takes you a little longer!
When can I move up a level in class?
We believe spending AT LEAST two months in each level is best before advancing, however more months may be required depending on how quickly you progress. You should feel comfortable with the material being taught in the current level you are in before trying the higher level classes. Beginners often move themselves up to the next level too quickly, so please check out the class descriptions to see what pre-requisites are required for each class.
How do I ask someone to dance during the social dance?
It can be intimidating to ask someone to dance, but just like swing dancing, it gets easier with practice! See someone you'd like to dance with? Walk up and ask, "Would you like to dance?". Classes are a great way to meet other dancers and make it easier to find people to dance with during the dance. But you can ask anyone you'd like! Keep in mind that you, and every other dancer, have the right to say no to anyone, at any time, with or without a reason given. If someone tells you "no", that's okay- go find another dancer!
I want to progress quickly. How do I become a better dancer?
The most common mistake we see beginners make is leaving right after class and skipping the main dance. You want to put those cool moves you just learned to good use, don't you?! Staying for the dance can be intimidating, but remember, we were all beginners once! You'll also improve faster if you dance with a variety of dancers. You can learn a lot from dancing with someone you haven't dance with before!
Who do I talk to if someone/something is making me uncomfortable in class or at the dance?
It is our hope to provide a positive, fun and safe environment for our dancers, but if you have concerns, please reach out to Erin, Derrick or another instructor/staff member. The DJ can always direct you to someone, as well. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com. For more information, check out our Code of Conduct page.
Where can I get food or something to drink?
We have a drinking fountain located in the back corner of our blues room. We recommend you bring a water bottle to fill up. If you're looking for a drink or snack before class, we recommend The Market Place (open until 7 pm). Several restaurants are located nearby including The Corner Drafthouse and Hachi Ramen.