You can start classes at the beginning of any month
We offer weekly progressive Swing dance lessons in Boulder. Our class series run on a monthly basis. If you are new to swing dancing, then you should start with our Monday night Level 1 Swing class. All of our other classes require this as a prerequisite (or similar experience).
WHEN CAN I START?
Each level runs in a month long series. You can start the first Monday of the month (see the schedule). It is not possible to start the third or fourth week of our Level 1 or Level 1.5 classes.
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 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.
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. If you are new to swing dancing, start with our Monday night Lindy Hop classes first.
See our Swing 101 page for more information.
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.
This is a four 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.
Balboa: In this month we cover the Balboa basics and show you how to integrate it into your Lindy Hop.
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.
This is our more advanced performance group. We periodically hold auditions for this team.
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
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.
At this time we do not have any availability for 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.
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.
The best way to get a quick answer is to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.