Q: I’ve never taken a dance class in my life, can I still come?
A: Yes! We have beginner lessons being taught every week and you never need any previous dance experience to attend! For more information on those lessons check out our Upcoming Classes page.
Q: Do I need a partner to come?
A: No! In fact most people don’t come with a partner. During our lessons we rotate partners every few minutes so that everybody gets the chance to practice with a partner.
Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: You can find out all the info about how much the classes cost on our Pricing page.
Q: Where are the classes taught at?
A: We teach all our classes inside The Barking Dog Theatre (formerly known as The Flying Monkey Theatre) which is located on the second floor of The Lowe Mill. If you scroll to the bottom of this page you’ll even find a map and an address to help you find us.
Q: I have some experience, what level should I take?
A: Here at TNS, if students are not 100% confident with a swing out, Lindy circle, tuck turn, partnered Charleston & basic 6 & 8-count rhythm patterns, we suggest they sign up for our Core classes. If students have done East Coast Swing, they may be familiar with some of our Core 6-count, but it may STILL be helpful to take it (as we cover a lot of essential lead/follow technique in that particular series), however they will for sure need to take our Core 8-count and Core Charleston series before moving into the Continuing series, CICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THIS.
Q: How old do you have to be to take classes? Can children attend?
A: We are proud to support a diverse group of ages at TNS with dancers ranging anywhere from 12 years old to 70 years of age. And while children are always welcome at our classes and dances, all children under the age of 15 will need to be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Q: What is Lindy Hop? What kind of swing do you teach?
A: Lindy Hop is the granddaddy of swing dances, the dance of Harlem and the big bang swing era. It includes elements of East Coast Swing, Charleston, and more and it has both 6-count and 8-count patterns. CLICK HERE for more history and to see the dance in action! In addition to Lindy Hop, we also teach classes in Charleston, Balboa, Blues & Solo Jazz!
Q: Who teaches the classes?
A: Every month we feature different teachers so we can learn from a wide variety of styles, you can learn more about all the different teachers we have teaching at TNS on our Instructors page.
Q: Do I need dance shoes to come?
A: While dance shoes make it easier to do some swing moves, they are not at all a requirement.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We recommend wearing whatever you feel most comfortable in! – no fancy dress required. Come in something comfortable that you can move (and maybe sweat a bit) in. As for shoes, we suggest wearing closed toed shoes that will stay on your feet while you bounce around. We also suggest avoiding high heels, and opting for flats or a very low heel instead.
Q: Is it ok to just come watch and see if it’s really for me?
A: Yes! But we promise you’ll want to join in on the fun.
Q: How experienced do you need to be to take the continuing classes?
A: We suggest that students have completed our Core Six-Count, Core 8-Count and, Core Charleston series and feel 100% confident preforming all the movements taught there in before moving onto the Continuing level classes. You can read more about all the classes we offer here.
Q: If I don’t want to take the lessons can I still show up for the open dancing afterwards?
A: Please do! We are going to be featuring a wide variety of the top DJ’s in town to help you dance the night away! This is a great time for you to practice all your moves and get to know the other dancers in town!
Q: Is there a bar on site, or anywhere to purchase food and beverage?
A: While the Lowe Mill complex features a variety of food options (Such as Piper & Leaf Tea, Mountain Valley Pizzeria, Happy Tummy, Etc…) there is no food or drink sold at TNS. However free drinking water is always available.
Q: Do you have to attend every week to take the lessons?
A: Most of the lessons at TNS are taught as a progressive month long series, building in difficulty from one week to the next, so regular weekly attendance is highly suggested. However, for those new to dancing and just testing out the waters and getting their feet wet for the first time, we have a weekly Foundations Class that requires no regular weekly attendance and students can feel free to drop-in anytime.
Q: Does your organization have performance groups for hire?
A: Currently we do not have a performing group available. However you may reach out to the Huntsville Swing Dance Society, their organization may be able to secure a group for your needs.
Q: What are some good swing songs to practice dancing to?
A: Everyone has their own favorites, but here are just a few of our favorite albums to get you started collecting some music of your own!
- Michael Gamble And The Rhythm Serenaders – Self Titled Album
- Michael Gamble And The Rhythm Serenaders – Get Rhythm In Your Feet
- Jonathan Stout And His Campus Five: Featuring Hilary Alexander – Spreading Rhythm Around
- Mint Julep Jazz Band – Durham On Saturday Night
- Mint Julep Jazz Band – Battle Axe
For an online Spotify playlist, check out this great practice list that dancers Christian and Jenny put together HERE.