Do you have a question about our classes, our events, or about Swing Dancing in general? If you can’t find the answer in the below list of Frequently Asked Questions, please send us a message.
- ▸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?
No, we’ll rotate partners during class anyway.
Of course, if you have someone to dance with, bring them! After all, Lindy Hop is danced in pairs.
- ▸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?
Please contact us for that. In principle, we’re open to this, but it also depends on how well-balanced the ratio leaders/followers is.
- ▸What clothes should I wear?
Preferably something light, such as a t-shirt. Dancing can be quite intensive, and you may find it gets rather quickly warm.
Tip: bring a clean shirt 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 out: no need for heels and it may damage the floor. For beginners: a pair of dress shoes with clean soles will probably suffice.
- ▸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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