Firstly – welcome to the world of swing dancing! We’re very excited to¬†introduce you to the best dance in the world (in our opinion ūüėČ). This guide is designed to answer any questions you might have about beginning swing dancing with us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can check out our general FAQ or please don’t hesitate to email hello@swingoutadelaide.com or call on 0402273745.

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WHAT IS SWING DANCING?

Swing dancing came about in the 1930s and evolved right alongside the swinging big band music of the era. There are a few different styles of swing dancing, and we teach Lindy Hop, Balboa (both partnered) and Vernacular Jazz (solo). You can learn more about the different styles here.

WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?

Our beginner classes start from the foundation of swing, so¬†whether you’re completely new to dancing or have dabbled in other styles this is the place to start. We regularly run free “come n try” classes so you can give it a go. For bookings and more info click here.

Our 6 week beginner courses run year round. On Monday nights (6.45pm) we teach Balboa and on Thursday nights (7.45pm) we teach Lindy Hop. You need to book for each course and we advise doing so early as they always sell out. For bookings and more info click here.

We also run monthly beginner classes: we teach Vernacular Solo Jazz on the first Tuesday of every month and partner swing dancing on the third Sunday of every month (each month is something different). You don’t need to book for Tuesdays (solo jazz), you can just rock up, but you do need to book for the Sunday partnered classes. For bookings and more info, click here.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Most people dress pretty casually and you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Here are a few guidelines to help:

  • Comfortable closed toe shoes (a peep toe is ok but definitely no thongs/sandals) that will stay on your feet when moving about. Heels are ok as long as they aren’t stiletto and we recommend keeping it low.
  • Tops with sleeves can make it more comfortable for your partner (so hand is not on your bare skin), as well as wearing tops/dresses that aren’t backless.
  • We like to flail with abandon on occasion, so it’s good to make sure you can freely move your arms and legs.

I DON’T HAVE A PARTNER – IS THAT OK?

Yes! We rotate partners in class so you get a chance to dance with everyone. We find dancers who rotate partners learn much faster, plus it’s more fun! However if you’re coming with a partner and you don’t wish to rotate that’s fine, just let your teachers know at the beginning of class.

WHAT IS A FOLLOW? WHAT IS A LEAD? WHICH ONE DO I CHOOSE?

There are two roles in swing dancing: follow and lead. Both are equally important, challenging, and fun. We like to describe the roles like this: the follow is driving the car, and the lead is holding the map. The lead will tell the follow “there’s a left turn ahead” and the follow chooses how to execute that turn, or whether to turn the car at all. You can choose whichever role you like. If you still aren’t sure that’s no problem – you can sign up as “undecided” and choose when you get to class. We recommend learning both roles! But do please stick to your chosen role for the duration of the course to avoid confusion.

WHAT IS SOCIAL DANCING?

Social dancing is when our DJs hit the desk and play tons of wonderful music, and you can dance! Social dancing is the best way to practice the material you do in class and is a great way to learn new stuff too. The best way to ask someone to dance is to go up to them and say “Would you like to dance?”. They might say yes and they might say no – if they say no don’t take it personally. It’s also a good idea to ask if they would like to lead or follow, or to let them know the role you dance, or if you’ve been learning a specific style. If you’ve been taking our solo classes (or just like to boogie on your own) you can dance by yourself too or join a solo jam circle already on the floor. At our Thursday night social after classes we have a small bar so you can grab a drink and relax if that is more your jam.

A NOTE ON CONDUCT

At Swing Out Adelaide we are committed to providing a safe space where everyone can enjoy dancing. By attending our classes and events you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct. We take breaches of the code very seriously. If at any time you need help, are injured and/or require medical attention, feel unsafe, harassed, bullied or want to let us know about inappropriate behaviour please speak to your teacher or contact school director Luna on 0402 273 745 or email hello@swingoutadelaide.com.