Where can I park?
- There is free parking in the 2nd Street Studio of Dance parking lot. This lot extends to the side and back of the building.
Do I need a partner?
- NO! You do not need a partner to take the lesson or participate in the social dance. Our lessons will rotate so that you get to dance with multiple partners. We encourage you to meet new people!
What do I wear?
- We are open at 2nd Street Swing to all types of clothing from casual to dressy. The main thing is that you are comfortable enough to move! To keep our dance floors safe please to NOT wear dance shoes that you wore outside in the rain, snow, or mud. Bring a clean pair with you to change into once you come inside. Check out more clothing info in our Do's and Don'ts section below!
Are there age restrictions?
- Swing dance is a great way to get exercise, socialize, and have fun for adults of any age! Tween and teenage dancers need to be mature enough to handle taking a group lesson and dancing with adults. We recommend our regular Sunday lesson and dance for those at least aged 10-12. We will host some totally family friendly open dances for all ages as well! Stay tuned!
What exactly is swing dancing and what styles do you teach?
- Swing dance is actually a group of dances that originated in Harlem, New York in the 1920s and 1930s to be danced to the new music of the time, jazz.
- We will be focusing our lessons on East Coast Swing as we start out. East Coast Swing uses a basic 6-count step pattern and was created by a group of dance instructors in the 1940s to provide a swing dance that was easy to learn for any level dancer. It continued to be popular through the beginnings of the Rock n' Roll era. In the future we will look to have intermediate lessons, lessons in other swing styles, and lessons on special subjects.
Social Dance Dos and Don'ts
- DO- Shower, wear deodorant, and brush your teeth
- DO- Bring multiple shirts and/or a towel if you have a tendency to sweat
- DO- Wash your hands
- DON'T- Wear heavy perfumes or scents
What to Wear
- DO- Wear what makes you comfortable that you can move in
- DO- Test that your clothes are "dance friendly" before wearing them (example #1 check that those cute strapless, halter, or spaghetti strap tops don't move around and cause a wardrobe malfunction, example #2 see if you need to wear shorts or leggings under those twirly skirts)
- DO- Wear shoes that are comfortable with a slightly slippery sole so that you are able to turn easily
- DON'T- Wear shoes that you wore outside in the rain, snow, and mud onto the dance floor (so bring your "dancing shoes" with you to put on once inside)
- DON'T- Wear sandals with no backs
- DON'T- Wear tall, spiky heels as they could really hurt if you accidentally stepped on someone
Asking Someone to Dance
- DO- Ask people to dance regardless of your or their skill level, gender, or age
- DO- Ask both your friends, and new people to dance, as you may make a new friend
- DON'T- Be offended if someone tells you no, as there are many reasons they may not be available to dance at that time
While on the Dance Floor
- DO- Pay attention to your surroundings in order to not run into other couples
- DO- Apologize if something went wrong (stepped on partner, etc.)
- DO- Thank your partner for the dance
- DO- Walk around the outside perimeter to get from one place to another instead of the middle of the dance floor
- DON'T- Bring your partner in close if you are unsure they are comfortable with it
- DON'T- Teach your partner while dancing unless they have asked you to