You’ve taken the beginner lessons, you’ve been out social dancing and you feel like you have a pretty good handle on things. Where do you go from here? We recommend the following options:
Cats Corner Monthly Series
Each month we have two monthly series running, one at 7:00pm and one at 7:45pm. We alternate months between Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, vernacular jazz, and other topics. If you register for the monthly series you are also welcome to stay for the Swing 101 lesson at 8:30pm. You can always work on your fundamentals, and having more experienced dancers in the class helps our beginners!
Following lessons we host an hour and a half of social dancing and practice time from 9:00-10:30pm. The absolute best way to learn to dance is to get on the floor and rock out! It’s also a great time to interact with other dancers and ask questions.
Cats Corner monthly series are usually $30/month. That covers both the lessons and the social dance. For more information visit our Cats Corner Page!
The Swing Clinic
During months with a 5th Wednesday we offer a Swing Clinic. During this special lesson you can get one-on-one feedback from instructors stationed around the room. It’s a fast-paced, chaotic, fun lesson that will give you plenty to think about and a lot of tips for how to dramatically improve your dancing.
The Swing Clinic is $5. Fore more information, visit the Swing Clinic page.
In order to really progress and become a well-rounded dancer, you should to get out and experience dancing in different places, dance with different dancers, and learn from different teachers. We routinely post nearby events run by our friends in other cities on our Calendar. Also, check the Facebook group see who is traveling this weekend, and maybe ask them for a ride. (Or maybe YOU can be the one offering rides!)
This one seems obvious, but it bears repeating — practice at home! Your progress will be slow if you only dance an hour a week during lessons; you may even arrive at lessons having forgotten what you covered the week before!
- Call up your friend and practice swing-outs.
- Go home after lessons and review everything you learned.
- Get on YouTube, or iDance, or RhythmJuice, and look up some moves to practice.
- Check out an instructional DVD from the SwingCville library on Wednesdays.
- Take lessons from other instructors and compare it with what you learn at SwingCville.
- Between classes or during the social dance, ask one of the instructors for feedback, then go home and work on it.
- Take a video of yourself dancing and see if you can pick out your mistakes.
If you are doing a few of these things each week, you will see your dancing improve dramatically! To help you practice on your own, we post video recaps from lessons at our Lesson Archive. Be sure to review each week before class!
If you want more direction or ideas for what to practice at home, just talk to one of the instructors at Cats Corner.
If you want some one-on-one feedback from an experienced teacher, some of our SwingCville instructors offer private lessons. To inquire please Contact Us.
- What’s the deal with swing music?
- Swing music is why we swing dance! Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Slim Gaillard, The Boilermaker Jazz Band, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, ACME Swing Mfg. Co — they all play fun, exciting, wonderful music that makes our feet tap! The more you listen to swing music, and the more familiar you become with the rhythms, song structures, and popular songs, the more fun you will have on the social dance floor. So go boot up Pandora, follow SwingCville on Spotify, or check out some CD’s from the SwingCville library and start listening to music. If you want some suggestions to get you started, ask one of the instructors at Cat’s Corner on Wednesdays.There are some good music links on our Resources page.
- How can I get more involved?
- SwingCville needs you! Every week we need volunteers to help setup, cleanup, and sit at the door. Plus there are many other behind-the-scenes jobs that are done by volunteers. If you want to become more involved in SwingCville, please Contact Us. If you don’t have time to volunteer, but still want to provide some feedback, feel free to contact us anytime. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it in person, you can use our Feedback Form or drop a note in the suggestion box at the studio.
- I’m hooked! What resources can I use to feed my dance addiction?
- Take a look at our Resources Page for a full listing of resources including music, websites, blogs, and communities.