For a demonstration of our beginner curriculum (and what you should know before signing up for an intermediate level class), check out our beginner level class overview.
In our beginner level, you will learn the essentials of swing dancing starting with six-count, eight-count Lindy Whip and Circle, and both side-by-side Charleston and Back Charleston. The material is progressive (meaning it builds upon material from previous weeks) and becomes increasingly skilled as the course continues. The intermediate level builds upon these basics and aims to improve your skill level and dance vocabulary.
• No refunds or class credits if you are unable to complete the class.
• If covid-19 concerns prompt an officially-mandated suspension, every effort will be made to resume classes when the suspension is lifted. No refunds or class credits will be made by Gottaswing.
We recommend that students wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that does not restrict movement and flat, smooth-soled shoes. You want comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet securely; think of something that would be comfortable for running to catch the bus. As you get more experience you may want to look into special dance shoes, but there are no special requirements. Feel free to ask your instructor for suggestions.
Debra offers private lessons at her home in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC, easily accessible by both Metro and car. She has two cats (important to mention in case you’re wildly allergic!). Private lessons are $80/hour for up to two people, cash or checks accepted. Please note the cancellation policy: 24-hour notice of cancellation is required or full payment is expected. Contact her at [email protected].
Tom specializes in helping couples get ready for their wedding dance; contact Tom at [email protected] for his availability and rates.
Our other instructors are also available for private lessons and may be contacted directly. Let us Debra know your geographical preference for a recommendation.
You never need a partner at Gottaswing! We rotate partners in our regular beginner and intermediate classes, so everyone gets a chance to dance, practice, and have fun. (We do offer some specialty classes where a partner is required, but that is specified in the class description.) Our dances are fun, friendly and casual events where all are welcome—no need to feel shy.
Gottaswing actively encourages dancers of all ages to participate, welcoming everyone from high school kids to empty-nesters. Because the emphasis is on friendliness and fun, no one needs to feel uncomfortable. Children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Like most of life, there are rules and there are guidelines. In the swing dance community, we want everyone to feel comfortable, safe, and have an enjoyable time. This handy checklist helps to ensure that dancing is fun for everyone: