Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answers you want here, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help. Thankyou.
What is Swing dancing?
An explanation of Swing dancing can be found << here >>.
What is Blues dancing?
An explanation of Blues dancing can be found here << here >>.
I am brand new to Swing dancing. Can I still come?
Yes. Our beginner (level 1) classes will cover all the basics so it does not matter if you have absolutely no dance experience at all. All our classes and fun, friendly and very informal too, so that should help put you at ease if you are feeling a little nervous.
I have a little experience. Which level am I?
Have a look at our handy little guide << here >>.
When can I start?
You can start at any time and no advanced booking is required. We always cover the basics with all our beginners classes and teach something different each week, so you will not have any problem catching up with those who have already been to classes before.
Do I need a partner?
No partner is required. We rotate around dance partners so everyone gets a chance to dance with everyone else. Plus, the classes and social dances are very informal and friendly, a great way to meet lots of new people.
What should I wear?
Aim for comfort. There are no rules for this but wear something comfortable that you can move freely in and cool as you can sometimes get hot. Please try and avoid wearing any big jewellery or loose clothing that may become caught during the dancing. For footwear, think comfort! We suggest something flat or with low heels as you will be dancing around and don't want to get sore feet.
What else should I bring?
Dancing can be quite a workout (even though you might not realise it). If you think you might get hot, you may want to bring some deodorant, a small towel and maybe even an extra top.
What if I miss a week?
You don't have to book or pre-pay for classes in advance, so it's not a problem if you miss a week. We always teach something new at each class, so you will not be at any disadvantage trying to catch up. As we always cover the basics in each class, it won't take long for you to get back into it.
What are "Leads" and "Follows"?
Swing dancing and Blues dancing are partner dances (apart from Solo dancing), where one of the partners is referred to as the "Lead" and the other is referred to as the "Follow". As a Lead, you learn how to communicate the dance moves when you are dancing with your partner and 'lead' them through the dance. As a Follow, you learn how to be responsive to your Leads communication and 'follow' their direction. Traditionally, leads would be male and follows would be female but in swing dancing, anyone can lead or follow and these roles are interchangeable. For beginners, we recommend learning the traditional roles first and becoming comfortable with them before trying to switch.