How do I get started?
A lot of people think you need a partner or special shoes, or vintage clothes... all not true! If you're new to swing dancing, you should read the FAQs on this page and then join right in. The best way to get comfortable is to attend a lesson - we always rotate partners so that you can meet different people.
SwingColumbus organizes lessons, workshops, and dances as well as informing you of other places to dance in Central Ohio. Our events are always social, which means everyone dances with everyone. You'll find dancers to be fun, welcoming people who love to learn and don't care whether you're new or advanced. Everyone was a beginner at some time!
Make sure you look on the home page for our newsletter signup, social media links, and the next upcoming event, and check the calendar to see everything that's coming up. On the forum you can ask who is attending an event, organize a group, or suggest an event we didn't know about.
TIPS FROM THE PROS:
Do I need to know what the heck I'm doing?
No experience required! Our group includes dancers from beginners to experts, those who have competed for years and those who have never danced before. If you're new to us or new to dancing, we recommend you try our lessons so you can meet a few people who would love to dance with you later during the event.
Do I need to bring a partner?
No! Our lessons rotate so that you meet new people and learn to respond to the different ways people dance. If you really want to bring a partner, you can, but we still recommend you rotate partners during the lesson.
Will I get thrown up in the air like on TV?
Let's hope not! Those tricks are called 'aerials'. They can be dangerous and are only for partners who train together a LOT. We don't use them socially, which is fine because most of us don't even know how to do them anyway. You'll find most dancers are not fond of being kicked in the head. Aerials are discouraged or not allowed at most of our events, except for performances.
What should I wear?
Two things are important here: comfortable shoes and comfortable clothes. Okay, one thing: COMFORT! It's great to be all fashionable and everything, but you'll have a lot more fun wearing your ugly comfortable shoes rather than those devastatingly trendy blister makers. Eventually you'll want to invest in some form of dancing shoes, but to get started you'll be fine with any comfortable shoes that stay on your feet and don't grab the floor. Sandals are bad!
If you decide you really love swing dancing, you can invest later in 'real' dancing shoes. Some people splurge on special dance shoes but lots of people make their own. Lindy Hoppers often take a pair of comfortable shoes and glue leather or suede on the soles to make them slick on the floor. Others use bowling shoes or stick moleskin on some comfortable shoes. More info
When does SwingColumbus hold events?
On Wednesday nights we host Swingin' Wednesdays with a lesson and live band, a Monthly Dance on the third Saturday of each month and on Thursdays, a Weekly Lesson Series. Also we 'Lindy Bomb' concerts around Columbus that have dance-able bands or attend other people's dances. Check the calendar!
Do I have to be a member?
All of our events are open to the public and membership is not required to attend. Joining SwingColumbus does give you the advantage getting discount on admission to our dances and workshops.
What is Swing Dancing?
"Swing" is actually a family of dances made up of many different dances - too many to list here! For a comprehensive list of the different forms of swing dancing visit Wikipedia.
To keep it simple, here's what you're most likely to see at our events:
(go search for these on YouTube and check out our channel while you're there.)
What styles of swing dancing does SwingColumbus teach?
SwingColumbus focuses primarily on Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, East Coast and Blues but on occasion you can find our dancers throwing in a little West Coast.
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