New Dancers Page
Everything you need to know when you start dancing with us
Welcome! We are so glad you are interested in starting your swing dance journey with us. On this page you will find:
- An overview of beginners classes
- Frequently asked questions
- A video of a Level 1 class
Overview Beginners Classes
Welcome! We are so glad you are interested in starting your swing dance journey with us. You can choose to attend any of these classes, all suitable for complete beginners:
6-week Level 1 Course Lindy Hop
Thursday evenings, Moseley. The best way to really get stuck in the dance is to do a 6-week course in Lindy Hop. You will start with a group of new dancers and learn all the basics of the dance in a fun, friendly environment. You will stay with the same group and teachers throughout the course. Sign up by yourself of with a partner (recommended). You can do 2 consecutive 6-week courses before moving to Level 2.
Level 1 Drop-in Classes Lindy Hop
Monday evenings, Digbeth. You can start our drop-in classes at any time. You will learn the basics of swing dancing in a group with other beginners. Drop-in classes are ideal for people who do not want or cannot commit to a course, because they first want to try the dance or have an irregular working schedule.
Just show up on the door or book on to a month long block to get the classes cheaper.
DayHopper – Learn Lindy Hop in a Day
4x a year, Saturdays, Moseley. Do you live far away or do you just really want to try out the dance before starting regular classes? Then our popular DayHopper is ideal for you. During this afternoon you will get an intense and fun crash course in Lindy Hop with a group of people who are all new to Lindy Hop too.
Throughout the year, different locations. If you want to get a taste for Lindy Hop and have a great night out, then you might want to try one of our taster classes. We run taster classes throughout the year, often before events or at festivals. During 30 minutes or 1 hour (depending on the event) you will learn some great basic steps and will be able to dance to swing music by the end of the class!
Check out our EVENTS calendar for upcoming taster classes.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a dance partner?
The best way to improve your social dancing and to meet new people is to dance with lots of different people! That’s why we rotate leads and follows around the class regularly so everyone gets a chance to dance with everyone else. So no, no partner required. However, teaming up with a partner will really help you to access all different classes and workshops, since often we have a limited number of single tickets available.
What sort of dancing shoes shall I wear?
Please wear flat indoor shoes that will not damage the dance floors (we don’t want to damage the floors with black soles or grit of the street). When choosing shoes, think above all: comfort. Soles that don’t have too much grip on them are best, but there’s no hard set rule. If you want to splash out, some people go for dance shoes that have suede or hard leather on the bottom.
What clothes should I wear?
Again, aim for comfort. No rules for this either, but best wear something you can move freely in. Please avoid wearing big arm bracelets or watches that will get caught in the dance.
What should I bring?
Swing dancing can be quite a workout, you’re likely to sweat. Since Lindy Hop is a partner dance it is important to be mindful of your personal hygiene: bring deodorant, a towel and an extra shirt or dress.
I have an injury or disability. What shall I do?
It’s important that you let your dance teachers know of any injuries or disabilities that might affect your safety in class before you start class. We will also ask you to fill in a form to gather this information, which includes a disclaimer. Be aware that Lindy hop is not like other partner dancers, it’s a lot more energetic and requires a certain level of fitness. It’s more sporty than other styles. If you are unsure whether this is something for you, please contact us beforehand.
Will any photos or videos be taken during the classes or events?
Yes, we love making photos and videos of the events we run for marketing purposes (to show other people what a great dance lindy hop is!), and to be able to give our dancers something to remember the event. Generally we don’t take any photos or videos during our regular classes, but this might happen on occassion. If you are uncomfortable with having a photo or video taken of you during a class, you can always discuss this with our team on that day.
Who dances lindy hop?
At The Swing Era we pride ourselves to being welcoming and inclusive to everyone. No matter what your gender, background, religion, sexuality, or age (18+) is, you are welcome to join our community of friendly dancers. All our staff and volunteers adhere to our Code of Conduct and are trained to make everyone feel safe and welcome. If you have any specific concerns or questions about inclusivity or whether this might be the dance for you, you can always contact us beforehand.
Leaders & Followers – what is that?
Lindy Hop is a partner dance with a Lead and a Follow. As a Lead you will learn how to lead and communicate the dance moves when you are dancing with your partner. As a Follow you will learn how to be responsive to your Leads communication and how to add styling to your dance moves. Traditionally guys lead the girls, but in the contemporary swing dancing scenes across the world the dance is NON GENDER SPECIFIC. This means that you can choose whether you want to start as a leads or follows, or dance both roles as you progress! Just make your mind up which you want to do before you register for a course.