The following is a list of questions new and returning dancers often have about dancing.
Q: What should I wear to classes?
A: Swing dancing is an active dance. We advise wearing comfortable clothes you can move around in, and flat/very comfortable shoes.
Q: Do I need to bring a partner?
A: Nope! While swing dancing is a partnered dance, it is also very social, so everyone dances with lots of people! In classes we rotate partners regularly. This is also helpful when you’re learning as everyone does things slightly differently, which can really help your development.
Q: How do I know I am ready to move up to the next level?
A: By checking out the levels described HERE. These tell you what is expected for each level. If you’re unsure, check with your teacher as they can tell you if you’re ready or give you suggestions for what to focus on.
Q: How do I know when I’m ready to move up to Level 2?
A: At Level 1 there are 2 sets of classes you should complete before you move up to Level 2. Each set focuses on some of the basic footwork pattern of swing dancing. You’re welcome to repeat them as many times as you like if you are still building your confidence. We also encourage you to start coming social dancing – it really is the best way to get better (even if it is a bit scary at first!).
Q: How do I know when I’m ready to move up to Level 3?
A: The move from Level 2 and Level 3 is based on your readiness rather than a specific number of sets. Your teachers can give you an idea of what you need to work on to prepare for Level 3. Some things we look for:
- waiting for a lead rather than doing the moves themselves
- being aware of their mistakes (i.e. noticing if you don’t follow something)
- Comfort with unusual moves being led
- Capable at floorcraft
- Awareness of how leads originate from the body
- Can mix 6 and 8 count and charleston
- Comfortable dancing at speeds up to 170 – 180 bpm
- Aware of social dancing etiquette e.g. appropriate ways to ask people to dance, hygiene.
Q: What music can I practice to and where can I find it?
A: Check the suggestions on our Tips for Dancers page