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.
If class is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will post a message on the CALENDAR after 3pm, or check the Gottaswing Facebook page. We will also attempt to send out an email bulletin to the class list.
No refunds will be made. A credit to complete the class will be made if cancelation is received no later than the day after the second week of class; Email [email protected] in the event you need to defer attendance.
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.
Students are always welcome to make up missed classes at other locations. All classes must be made up during the session. Refer to the Calendar or Email [email protected] for assistance. You do not need prior approval to make up a class.
Sue and Gary Caley offer private lessons in their home studio in Reston, Virginia. You get treated to a lovely view of the lake and adorable foster dogs. Contact them at [email protected]com.
Tom Koerner specializes in helping couples get ready for their wedding dance; contact Tom at [email protected] for his availability and rates.
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.
We here at Gottaswing pride ourselves on creating a warm and welcoming community where everyone feels comfortable, safe, and has fun. This handy guide helps to ensure that dancing is fun for everyone:
• You have the right to refuse a dance at any point in time. We strongly believe that you should dance with people of all levels and style, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept all dances. On the flip side, be gracious if someone turns you down for a dance.
• Our dance community’s doors are open to everyone, and all should be treated with respect. Don’t use language or actions that would make anyone feel less welcome or safe; defer to a person’s preferred gender pronoun; refer to dance roles as “lead” and “follow” rather than gendered terms; ask before touching someone.
• The social dance floor is not the time or place to teach your partner unless they specifically request tips or advice. The only time it’s appropriate to offer unsolicited feedback is someone is hurting you or endangering you, themselves, or other dancers. Let them know specifically what caused your concern.
• Don’t monopolize one dance partner. We all have favorite dancers who we look forward to dancing with, but there’s a good chance there are others who share that sentiment. Monopolizing any one individual means that they don’t get to dance with other dancers and others don’t get a chance to dance with you. Circulate and mingle.
• People come to our dances to dance and socialize. Leave the pick up lines at the door.
• If a problem arises at a dance or in class, please notify someone from Gottaswing immediately; you can also Email [email protected]. Bad behavior will not be tolerated, and we want to address issues quickly.
• Ask someone to dance! Don’t be shy. Everyone is a little intimidated when they’re a newbie. Be generous and welcome new folks into the dance scene. After all, more dancers = more fun for everyone.