Welcome to your first swing dance class!

Learning to dance can be scary, but we are here to make the process as fun and friendly as possible. Here are some things to know before you begin.

When are the classes and when can I start?

We run two Level 1 Intro to Swing classes. The first is on Monday nights from 8-9 PM at Kakes Studios in Boulder. The second is on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 PM at SKEYE Brewing in Longmont. All of our lessons are progressive which means that each week we build on the material taught the previous week. Each Level 1 series lasts one month. You can join a new session the first or second week of the month.

I missed the first class of the month. Can I still join?

Yes, you can join the second week of a series! But be aware that the class will be covering material faster than in the first week due to the progressive nature. You cannot join after the second week, but the next series is only two weeks away at this point!

Can I take the Level 1 series on both Monday and Wednesdays?

Yes! This is a great way to learn an reinforce the material for those who want to accelerate their progress.

Can I make up a week of classes?

If you need to miss a Monday class, you can always make it up on Wednesday (or vice versa). The same material is taught in both classes each week, so you don't need to worry about falling behind. You can also take a private lesson to make up a class or receive more personal attention. Contact us at info@boulderswingdance.com for availability.

Do I need a partner?

You do not need to bring a partner. We rotate partners in all of our classes so that students get experience dancing with a variety of people. We’ve found that by rotating our students learn much faster. In our Level 1 classes we have some more advanced dancers who take the classes and serve as Dance Ambassadors. By rotating you get the opportunity to dance with these more experienced dancers who can help you get the hang of things quicker.

What kind of Swing dancing do you teach?

The term “Swing” refers to a number of different dance styles that evolved in the swing era and are rooted in swing music. In our Level 1 class we start with Lindy Hop. In later levels we progress to other swing dances like Charleston and Balboa. We teach a variety of swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. While each of these dances are distinct, today most swing dancers are familiar with and dance all of them. Check out our Swing 101 page for more information.

What should I wear?

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.

How much does it cost?

Each class costs $15. We also sell a multi-class punchcard that substantially reduces the cost. A 4-class punch card costs $50 while a 10-class punch card costs $95. Students can buy a 4-class punch card for $30. You can buy a punchcard online and pick it up before your first class, or you can buy a punchcard at the door.

Do I need to preregister?

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

What other class levels do you offer?

As our students become more confident with the material, they can progress to a number of different levels. Find out more about how our class levels are structured here.

What is the ettiquette at dances and in classes?

We have created a handy guide to the expected etiquette at all of our events. Following these simple guidelines will help ensure everyone has an enjoyable time.

What about personal hygiene

While dancing in crowded venues it is easy to get sweaty. Most dancers bring an extra shirt or two to change into as the night goes on as dancing with someone who has sweated through their clothing is unpleasant. Also consider bringing deodorant and breath mints to stave off personal odors. If someone is particularly smelly, speak to one of the instructors or staff and they will delicately approach the issue with the person.

How can I practice once I’ve started class?

We have created videos of the material covered in class here to help make it easier to remember. The best way to improve is to get out dancing as soon as possible! Either stick around and dance with your fellow students or our Dance Ambassadors after class on Monday, or come to one of our Thursday Swing Labs for extra attention.

Do you offer private lessons?

We now offer private lessons for those who would like more personal attention. Private lessons are a great way to master the material and to learn quickly. To schedule a private lesson, email us at info@boulderswingdance.com.

Any suggestions for Swing songs to listen and practice to?

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