Swing dancing is a social dance, meaning that it's a partner dance based on leading and following. Our goal is to teach
the basics of swing dancing to anyone interested and move from these basics to more advanced moves and concepts
like connection, leading and following, so that you can have a fantastic dance no matter who you're dancing with!
Does U-Swing Cost Anything?
U-Swing is completely free and will continue to be so. That said, we do, on occasion, make T-shirts and attend SwingFests, swing competitions, or go dancing at local venues - most of these will cost you something. All these activities can be considered "extracurricular" and are completely optional - although we can guarentee they will be fun and improve your dancing.
Do I need to bring a partner?
No. If you don't have a partner, U-Swing will have someone for you to dance with. U-Swing does rotating
classes, which means that you switch partners throughout the lesson. This helps you meet new people, and improves
your dancing by letting you practice with lots of different dancers. During the course of a night, you'll have the
opportunity to dance with many people
whether or not you brought someone with you. If you'd like to bring a partner with you that's great! For
reasons we dancers don't understand, guys don't seem to be as amiable to dancing as girls - so, ladies, feel
free to hit one over the head and drag him along, he'll thank you later.
Do I have to be a student at the university?
No. Members of U-Swing can be students or non-students.
What should I wear?
Something Comfortable. While dancing in your best flapper dress or newest zuit suit is fun, it's
more important that you can move freely. If you want to dress up that's totally fine, but remember that you will
be moving a lot and getting very warm! For those of you who don't want to dress up, a common outfit at U-Swing is
jeans and a t-shirt.
Shoes: If you have shoes that are a little slippery, that's usually better, especially for girls, who will be
spinning. If you don't have slippery shoes, you'll be fine wearing anything comfortable. We do ask that during the
winter you bring a pair of shoes to change into so you don't get the floor
wet and dirty--that could be dangerous.
Do I need to bring anything with?
Maybe. While you don't need to bring anything with, you might consider bringing along
your dance shoes if you have some. This is especially true if you'll be dancing on an actual dance floor -
street shoes can destroy a fine surface. Since swing dancing can be an aerobic activity and leave you sweating,
a water bottle and a spare shirt for walking home with might be a good idea (especially in the winter).