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 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: 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. (duct tape is a great cheap alternative!)
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 all four of our core classes before moving onto the continuing classes. If you’re not sure what level of classes to take, check out this handy flow chart we made to help you.
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 is for you to practice all your moves and get to know the other dancers in town!
Q: What version of swing dancing do you do?
A: There are so many offshoots of swing dancing to learn and love in the world, but we tend to focus on the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Solo Jazz and Blues.
Q: Who is in charge of Thursday Night Swing?
A: TNS is currently run by Kadie Pangburn and Kadia Scott.
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 and 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 drop-in anytime.
Q: What are some good swing songs to practice dancing to?
A: Everyone has their own favorites, but here are just a few of ours to get you started!
Lavender Coffin – Lionel Hampton
Swingin’ On Nothin’ – Tommy Dorsey
Between a Kiss and a Sigh – Artie Shaw
Coleslaw – Louis Jordan & His Tympany five
I Beeped – Cab Calloway
On Revival Day – Lavern Baker
A Vipers Moan – Willie Bryant & Orchestra
Jump Session – Slim and Slam
All That Meat And No Potatoes – Fats Waller
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Ella Fitzgerald
For a more complete playlist, check out this great practice list that Christian and Jenny put together HERE.