You can start classes at the beginning of any month

Schedule

Monday (Lindy Hop)

7:00-8:00 Level 1.5 & Team Practice
8:00-9:00 Level 1 & 2

Location
Kakes Studio
2115 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

Tuesday (Balboa)

7:00-8:00 Level 1

Location
StreetSide Studios
6681 Arapahoe Road
Boulder, CO 80303

For up to date information check out the calendar.

Pricing

Regular
Drop-in: $15/class
4-pass punchcard: $40
10-pass punchcard: $85

Students
4-pass punchcard: $25

Monday Dance
DJ Night: $5
Band night: $10
Take a class, get into the dance for free.

We offer weekly progressive Swing dance lessons every Monday and Tuesday night in Boulder. Our class series run on a monthly basis. 

No partner needed!

We are generally balanced between leaders and followers in class, so you don’t have to bring your own partner. We rotate in all of our classes so that students get experience dancing with a variety of partners. If the class is unbalanced, the teachers rotate in as often as possible so that no one is out for long. 

We’ve found that by rotating partners our students learn much faster. In our Level 1 classes we have have some more advanced dancers who take the classes, and serve as ambassadors. By rotating you get the opportunity to dance with these more experienced dancers who can help you get the hang of things quicker.

When Can I start?

Each level runs in a month long series. You can start the first Monday (Lindy Hop) or Tuesday (Balboa) of any month. It is not possible to start the third or fourth week of our Level 1 or Level 1.5 classes.

Dance styles

We teach a variety of swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. Our Monday classes focus on Lindy Hop and Charleston while our Tuesday classes teach Balboa. All of these swing-era dances are rooted in swing music, but originated in different parts of the US. While each of these dances are distinct,  today most swing dancers are familiar with and dance all of them. 

Lindy Hop originated in Harlem New York in the 1930s and 1940s. It is an energetic and joyous dance that is at once both wild and sophisticated. There is a tremendous amount of room for personal expression in this dance. If you are just starting out, we recommend trying our Monday night Lindy Hop classes first.

Balboa started in the crowded ballrooms along the west coast of the US. Balboa is done in a close embrace and features beautiful partnerships, quick footwork, and subtle connections. While Balboa can be done at all tempos of music, it is particularly well suited for faster dancing. 

We strongly recommend that our students learn both Lindy Hop and Balboa. The concepts learned in these two dances help reinforce each other.

See our Swing 101 page for more information.

Cost

Each class cost $15. We also sell a multi-class punchcard that substantially reduce the cost. A 4-class punch card costs $40 while a 10-class punch card costs $85. Students can buy a 4-class punch card for $25.

No preregistration needed. We accept cash and most major credit cards at the door. We cannot accept checks.

Lindy Hop Curriculum

We offer several levels of Lindy Hop classes on Monday nights. You must take all classes in one level before moving on to the next.

LINDY 1 (BEGINNER LINDY HOP)

This class is an introduction to the basic movements of Lindy Hop. Moves covered include: swingouts, lindy circle, open and closed Position, swivels, send outs, bring ins.

LINDY 1.5 (BETTER BASICS)

This builds on the material learned in Level 1. Refine your swing outs, and in some turns, work on footwork variations, and learn fun promenade patterns.

LINDY 2

This is a three month rotating curriculum. Every month focuses on a different aspect of the dance. This is where your dancing will take a leap as you gain experience and confidence in both modern and classic swing ideas.

Topics covered include (one topic/month):
Straight out of the Savoy: Learn classic moves and techniques pioneered at the legendary Savoy Ballroom in the 1940s.

Six Count Lindy Hop: Life is boring if it is all in 8s. Learn how to string together some awesome six count combos that will add diversity to your dancing.

Charleston: In this month we cover 1930's Charleston (side-by-side and Tandem). Charleston is great for dancing to faster music.

Flatiron STOMPERS

This is our performance group. Once you have mastered the basics, you can join our performance team. These choreqorgraphies will combine challenging new moves with the repetion necessary to master them. This is the only class where a partner is required.

Balboa Curriculum (Tuesdays)

We currently offer one level of Balboa classes on Tuesday nights (but are looking to expand).

Level 1 Balboa

In this month long series you will learn the basic footwork and partnering skills, paddles, scoots, and some Balboa swing movements. By the end of the series you should be comfortable with the basic elements of Balboa and will learn how and where to integrate with Lindy Hop.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

WHEN DOES THE NEXT MONDAY CLASS SERIES START?

Our series generally start on the first Monday of the month and run for 4 weeks. You can check out when the next series starts on our Calendar.

WHICH LEVEL SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Never danced before?
No problem, we’ve got you covered in our Level 1 classes. We start from scratch and we’ll have you dancing in no time! 

Taken some other partner dance classes, but not Lindy Hop specifically?

If you’ve never learned Lindy Hop, we want you to start with the Level 1 class. Your previous experience will help you learn fast, but there is a lot of material you’ll need to be fluent in before jumping into the Level 1.5 and Level 2 classes.

Been doing Lindy Hop for a little while?

If you think you belong in the Level 2 class, your best bet is to come a little early and dance with one of our instructors. We’ll help put you in the class that will be the best for you. The level 2 classes move fast, so we want to make sure you have all the skills you need to have fun.

What order should I take the classes in

Once you complete a series, you can retake it again for free. We strongly urge all our students to retake a completed series again. This helps reinforce concepts and accelerates the learning process. Our typical student takes the following path:

Lindy Hop (Mondays)
Month 1: Level 1
Month 2: Level 1.5 followed by Level 1 (free)
Month 3: Level 1.5  (free) followed by Level 2 or Level 1 (free)
Month 4: Level 1.5 (free) followed by Level 2
Month 5: Level 1.5 (free) or Routine followed by Level 2
Month 6: Routine followed by Level 2

Balboa (Tuesdays)
Students can start Level 1 Balboa any month they want (including Month 1). We are hoping to soon add a Level 1.5 Balboa series.

Suggested Clothing and Shoes

Lindy Hop is a casual dance, and it’s also quite athletic. We suggest comfortable clothes that you can move around in, and flat shoes that will stay on your feet (open backed shoes or flip flops don’t work well. Followers don’t generally wear heels in Lindy. Please make sure that your clothes smell good and that your breath is fresh as a summer’s day.

Music for practice

We have a list of music that’s great for practicing on our music page.

Private lessons

We’ve found that people starting out in swing dancing learn fastest when they take group classes rather than privates. They get plenty of opportunity to dance with lots of different partners, lots of repetition, and the benefit of insight from other students.

If you think you need a private lesson, though, all of our instructors offer them. You can contact them in person before/after class, or by emailing us

Who am I taking lessons from?

Boulder Swing Dance is run by a group of people who love swing dancing. We don’t teach or dance for a living, but we love swing so much that we spend nights and weekends sharing with anyone who would like to learn. We’re invested in your success and want you to have a good time while learning something new. We hope that some day we can learn something from you.

More questions?

The best way to get a quick answer is to send us an email at info@boulderswingdance.com.