Thinking of joining one of our courses?
Congratulations! You’ve found the ONLY dance organisation teaching this authentic style on the South Coast as a ten week structured beginners course!
If you’re considering enrolling on one of our highly acclaimed Beginners Swing Jive Courses, here are some answers to common questions:
Why choose Swing Jive?
Perhaps you've already tried Lindy-Hop and found this too energetic? If you prefer the slightly faster Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll music this may be harder to dance Lindy-Hop to. Or maybe you've learned Modern Jive or Ceroc/Leroc. Whilst these styles are suitable for slower modern tempo music, you may struggle to dance to tunes from the 40's and 50's in this style. It just doesn't look or feel 'right'.
Even if you've never danced a step in your life, as long as you can tap your feet to the great vintage sounds of Glenn Miller, Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis [to name just a few] we're sure you'll be dancing this style after just one course!
Swing Jive, along with East Coast Swing are the original dance styles that were around when Rock and Roll, Swing and Rhythm and Blues was most popular, and they were the 'dance styles' of that era. So if you like the Big Band sounds of the 40's, or Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll of the 50's and early 60's this is the style to learn!
Do we need to bring a partner to learn with?
We have a crew of experienced dancers who very kindly donate their time on class nights to partner students who come on their own. However we only have so many at each location, so it's a good idea to reserve your place if you're planning on joining a course.
It’s not uncommon for ladies to learn the mens steps and moves so that they can dance with other ladies [follows] at dances. If you are a lady considering joining one of our courses, you may want to ask a friend to join you to learn with. You could then go to social dances and dance with each other.
During the lessons we may rotate partners. It’s really important to dance with others. This will help make you a better dancer as you’ll learn to lead or follow rather than predict what your regular partner is doing. This is recommended, but not essential! If you’d prefer to stay with your partner, just let your instructors know prior to the class.
During the class the instructors may also dance with you or your partner. This is to ensure that you’re performing the move correctly. This may be a little daunting initially, but please give yourself time to get used to this. We’ll only do this whilst everyone else is practicing so no-one will be watching!
Do we have to enrol straight away?
No. You can come along and try your first week free of charge! We’re so confident that you’ll want to join us that we’ll give you a chance to try out this great dance first! If you’d like to join us you can pay by Debit Card or cash after your lesson. If not, then you’ve had an hours tuition free of charge!
What do we wear?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing, perhaps multi layers in case you get too hot. The ladies should wear comfortable slip on flat shoes with a non stick sole to ease turning and spinning. Please ask us for advice on where to by some suitable footwear.