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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lindy Hop? 

Lindy Hop is an African-American dance that comes from Harlem, the dance that swept the nation during the big band swing era. It includes elements of East Coast Swing, Charleston, and more and it has both 6-count and 8-count patterns along with some Charleston. That's why we require new students to take 4 months of Level 1 classes (6-count, 8-count, and Charleston). Learn more...

Do I need to bring a partner to class?

No you don't! About half of our students come solo and half come with a partner. We rotate throughout class so you get to try things with everybody which will make you better, plus you get to meet some really nice folks!

I have some experience - which level should I take?

If you don't know a swingout, circle, promenade, tuck turn, & basic 6 & 8-count rhythm patterns as well as basic Charleston, you should for sure take a Level 1 class. If you have done East Coast Swing, you may be familiar with some of Level 1 (6-count) but you'll need to learn triple steps and you will for sure need the Level 1 (8-count) and Level 1 (Charleston) before Level 2. For more level info, check out Our Curriculum.

I missed the 1st class - can I still come to the rest?

For Levels 1 & 2 the general answer is no. Our lessons are progressive which means we build a foundation the 1st week upon which we build each following week. Students who miss the 1st week generally have a hard time and less fun and that is not what we want! We want LESS hard and MORE fun!

What kind of clothes/shoes should I wear?

You are welcome to wear what you wish - no fancy dress required. Come in something comfortable that you can move (and maybe sweat a bit) in. As for shoes, no wet/dirty shoes please, and no shoes with marking soles - we need to protect our floors. Other than that, not too slippery and not too sticky is the key.

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