Which class should I take?
We offer a clear student progression outlined in our class schedule page. Read
the descriptions under classes and feel free to talk to us about your goals. We
offer a multi-class discount if you take more than one class series in a night, so
our students often will take two or even three classes in one night. This allows
more advanced students the chance to refine their basics and newer students
the opportunity to dance with more experienced dancers.
Do I need a partner?
All of our students rotate partners. This gives students the ability to dance with
different people and not reinforce the bad habits that often emerge when just
dancing with one person. It also eliminates the need for students to sign up with
a partner. If, however, you are working toward a special event and want to
dance only with your partner, let us know and we will put you outside the
What should I wear/bring?
When you first start out, just wear comfortable shoes. Best are flat or low
heeled shoes that can slide. Be sure they have backs. As you advance, you'll
want to buy dance shoes.Balletomania, is where you can buy Aris Allen dance
shoes in Poughkeepsie or Red Hook. Tell them Linda and Chester sent you. Or
you could take your favorite pair of shoes and have the Custom Cobbler put
dance soles on them. Tell him Linda and Chester sent you again get a student
Always wear comfortable clothing, preferably with layers that you can remove
as you warm up. Dancing is aerobic, after all. Bring water.It's a good idea to
bring fresh shirts if you sweat while dancing.
Check out our DanceLinks page for dance gear sites on the Internet.
What's the average age?
Swing dancing attracts all ages. One year we had a nine-year-old and an
84-year-old in the same class.
What if I can't make all the classes? Do I get my money back?
We always review the course material during the series.You cannot make up
missed classes in another 4-week series or get your money back.
What if the weather is bad?
If we need to cancel class for any reason, we will post it on this website and
send registered students an email. We will make up the class at another time.
What's the best music to practice to?
We provide a complimentary practice CD to our students.
What if I have no rhythm and two left feet?
It's natural to feel as if you have two left feet when you are starting out. This
feeling will pass with time and practice, and as soon as you stop thinking about
where to put your feet! We have found that students with any type of music or
dance background (even playing an instrument in high school) can usually "hear
the beat" quicker than those who have never played an instrument. But if
you've ever tapped your foot, snapped your fingers or nodded your head to
music, you can hear the beat.
Where can I go dancing?
We run a dance in Kingston. Click here for the schedule. There are also lots of
places to go dancing in the Hudson Valley. Check out our DanceLinks page for
Should I take group classes or privates?
It depends on your learning style and needs. If you are getting ready for a
wedding, have time constraints that restrict you from making regularly
scheduled classes, or find that you learn better one-on-one, then privates may
be the best way to go. If you have been dancing for some time and want to
elevate your level, privates can help you focus on exactly what you want and
need, whether it be advanced moves or fundamental fine-tuning. Group classes
give you the benefit of learning lots of moves, dancing with many different
people and meeting other dancers in the community.
What's the difference between Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, East Coast Swing,
West Coast Swing, etc?
The Lindy Hop is the original style of Swing dancing done in the Savoy
Ballroom in the 20's, 30's and '40's. It evolved from the Foxtrot and Charleston.
It is a happy, fun, bouncy partner dance. This is the style made famous in the
Gap commercials in the late 90's and in such movies as "A Day at the Races",
"Swing Kids," "Malcom X" and "Swingers." It is danced to a wide range of
music and tempos from bluesy jazz to big band.
When Ballroom teachers began to teach swing dancing, they created an
easy-to-learn 6-count version now known as East Coast Swing. Because it's
easy to learn, this is the style most often taught in the quick lesson usually given
before a swing dance. The Jitterbug became the generic term for East Coast
Swing and Lindy Hop. West Coast Swing evolved from Lindy Hop on the
West Coast and is a slotted, more upright dance usually danced to either
country or contemporary music. Click here for the encyclopedia on Lindy Hop
and other dance styles.
Click here for more on the History of Swing.
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