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- ▸What language is used for the course?
As both teachers and students have a wide variety of nationalities, classes are taught in English.
- ▸Do I need to register with a partner?
Lindy Hop is a couple dance, and during class we always rotate partners. However, we do need to maintain a good balance between leaders and followers, and as such we can only allow a few extra followers per class. As we usually have very big waiting lists for single followers (aka followers who register without a partner), we advise you to try to register together with a leader, or otherwise register as soon as registration opens, to have more chances at getting a spot.
- ▸What is a Leader / Follower?
In traditional ballroom dancing, a “leader” is the man’s role, and a “follower” is the lady’s role in the dance – although in Lindy Hop it’s not uncommon for men to dance as follows, and for women to lead.
- ▸Why do you rotate dance partners during class?
Like virtually all other Lindy Hop clubs, we rotate dance partners frequently during classes. This helps both leader and follower become better faster, as they both are exposed to different dancers with varying strengths and weaknesses.
- ▸I want to dance exclusively with my partner.
We won’t force you to change partners. However, we strongly encourage it. We know you’ll make progress a lot faster if you do dance with others.
- ▸I missed a class. Can I redo it? Can I get a refund?
Missing a class can happen. Since we usually start a class by repeating what happened last class, missing a class is not the end of the world — though repeating everything in five minutes is different from a full hour of class. With that in mind, we recommend you to practice at home.
We cannot offer refunds for missed classes.
- ▸Can I attend one class to see if I like it?
This is not possible, as we don’t offer trial classes. We advise you to join one of our free taster sessions during social dance, if you want to have an idea of what Lindy Hop or the other dances we offer are like.
- ▸What clothes should I wear?
Preferably something light, such as a T-shirt. Dancing can be a quite intense physical activity, and you may find it gets warm rather quickly.
Tip: bring a couple of clean shirts for when you need a change.
- ▸What kind of shoes should I wear?
Bring comfortable non-marking indoor shoes. This means: shoes with soles that do not leave marks when dragged over wooden floors, and shoes that are never worn outside. The slicker the soles, the better. Pumps or stiletto heels are not allowed – no need for heels and it may damage the floor. For beginners: a pair of dress shoes with clean soles will probably suffice.
For more info, please have a look at this very helpful guide from SwingDance.LA.
- ▸Is there a dancing etiquette?
One etiquette? There’s as many etiquettes as there are dancers. However, some generally accepted rules:
- Ensure a fresh breath – e.g. brush teeth before dancing.
- Bring a fresh shirt to workshops – after an hour or two of dancing, it likely is rather sweaty, and any dancing partner will appreciate a change of clothes.
- Watch out for your partner – on the dance floor, you can see some things before your partner can. Help each other not to bump into others.
- ▸I never danced before, I have two left legs.
We’ve all started there. There’s nothing to worry about, the beginner level is specifically designed for people who haven’t danced before.
- ▸I’m an experienced salsa/tango/street dance/jazz ballet/ballroom/belly/… dancer. At which level should I start?
We recommend you start at the beginners level. You’re likely to pick things up quicker, but you still will need to learn the basics.
- ▸Can I pay cash, bank transfer, credit card, debit card?
We accept bank transfers for all events. For courses and most workshops, we also accept cash payment. At this point, we cannot accept debit/credit cards.
- ▸Do you offer private classes, a crash course for my wedding dance?
We’re interested in helping you out if we can! Please contact us to discuss the options.
- ▸Can you give a dance show and/or taster class at my event?
We like sharing the fun of swing dancing (that’s why we started the club). Of course, it depends on details (when, where, etc.), so please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
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