You can start classes at the beginning of any month
7:00-8:00 Level 1.5 & Team Pracitce
8:00-9:00 Level 1 & 2
For up to date information check out the Calendar.
4-pass punchcard: $40
10-pass punchcard: $85
4-pass punchcard: $25
DJ Night: $5
Band night: $10
Take a class, get into the dance for free.
2115 Pearl St
We offer weekly progressive Swing dance lessons every Monday 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.
If you bring a partner, we highly recommend that you rotate. We’ve found that rotating students learn much faster and they seem to have more fun too.
When Can I start?
Each level runs in a month long series. You can start the first Monday of any month. Sometimes, under special circumstances, we let students start the second week of a series, but you must get instructor permission. It is not possible to start the third or fourth week of our Level 1 classes.
We teach a variety of swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Solo Jazz, and Blues. See our Swing 101 page for more information.
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.
We offer 3 levels of Lindy Hop classes on Mondays, along with a performance team. 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.
This is a six 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 and Balboa: In this month we cover 1930's Charleston, Tandem Charleston, and the basic steps of Balboa.
Musicality, Footwork, and Variations: Put some sizzle into your repetoire by incorporating footwork variations, jazz, and other steps into your Lindy Hop! Learn to play off the music and become more rhythmic.
The Fast and the Furious: Using the Calfornia routine as a starting place, this month will teach you to dance faster, cleaner, and more efficiently. We will also cover the difference between linear and circular movements and how to go back and forth between them.
Social Dancing Rockstar: The secret to a great dance is communication. Learn to start a conversation with your partner on the dance floor.
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.
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:
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
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.
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 at having a good time and learning something new. We hope that some day we can learn something from you.
The best way to get a quick answer is to send us an email at email@example.com.