Your first time out swing dancing? Never fear. Here are some tips and tricks to get you through your first lesson and social dance.
Important things to bring to your first class:
- Comfy clothes you don’t mind sweating in. Shorts, t-shirts, skirts and dresses are all recommended. Cotton is your friend.
- Shoes that slide. No dance shoes? No problem. Just try to wear shoes that won’t fly off your feet and have little to no tread on their soles. For example, running shoes have a lot of tread. Keds and Converse shoes have very little tread.
- Your body. Over the past few years, you may have noticed that you have one of these. It is very difficult to dance without one, so please don’t leave yours at home.
- Your sense of fun. The first rule of swing dancing is to enjoy yourself. The second rule of swing dancing is to enjoy yourself. Don’t pressure yourself to get everything perfect the first time; just relax and be prepared to do weird and goofy things. Swing dancing is, by nature, silly.
If you have questions after class, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher for a few helpful hints. You can also choose to take a private lesson with your teacher if you need them to further critique your dancing or assist you with moves or techniques. Ask the instructor who taught your lesson, or visit our instructor bios if you want to see who else is available to teach private lessons.
As for the social dance, stay as late as you can. The fastest way to improve at swing is to practice, and the best way to practice is to dance socially. Dance with all of the other people in your class to review material, but don’t be afraid to ask anyone else to dance. No matter your level, others will be happy to oblige. Staying for the social dance is a great way to meet people and make friends, too!
If you have any other questions about your first day, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.