U-Swing | Home

Welcome to the U-Swing Website!

Hello everyone! We're excited that you've found us online! Please look around to find the information you need. If you want to see what we learned last semester, we have lesson recaps every week posted on our youtube channel.

Questions, comments, or just want regular updates? Email us at uswing@umn.edu or check us out on Facebook.

U-Swing is done for the semester, but we'll be back in the fall! We don't hold summer meetings, but keep checking back, and we'll let you know as soon as we have our meetings planned next semester!

U-Swing | About

About U-Swing!

U-Swing is the only university club dedicated specifically to swing dancing. Our goal is to teach the basics of swing dancing to anyone interested and move from these basics to more advanced concepts and moves. This is accomplished by promoting an open, social atmosphere and offering both instruction and free dancing time during our weekly meetings.

Dancing is taught by professional instructors, senior club members, and peers. Members are encouraged to improve their skills by visiting other dance venues and dancing with as many different people as possible. Members of the club regularly go as a group to places such as Social Dance Studio, in Minneapolis, and the Wabasha Street Caves, in St. Paul.
U-Swing | Officers

2014-2015 U-Swing Officers

President: Nate Lawdenski
Major: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Swing dancing: 50% basics, 50% bullshit

Vice President:
Laura Kim - Global Studies
Chelsey Wiemers - Economics
Michelle Kleckler - Electrical Engineering

Secretary: Kat Applewhite
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Math and Spanish

Wait, we can't keep dancing? It's only 2am!!

Treasurer: Eric Salisbury
Major: Classified

Life's purpose is to perfect the Charleston.

Officer: Calder Michienzi
Major: Food Systems

I want to swing the very best, like only Peter does! The rock step is my first step, to swing out is my cause!

U-Swing | Calendar

U-Swing Calendars

Dances on the calendar are shown in blue, lessons are shown in orange.

U-Swing | Media

U-Swing Media Content

You can check out our Facebook page for even more U-Swing photos!

U-Swing's first annual Swingin' Cities dance!!!

The awesome Par 4 Jazz Quartet and Friends at Swingin' Cities 2014

Nate and Kaitlyn teaching the lesson at Swingin' Cities 2014

The U-Swing officer team after Swingin' Cities 2014

Some of our wonderful volunteers at Swingin' Cities 2014

U-Swing at the end of the Spring 2014 semester!

U-Swing | F.A.Q.

Newb F.A.Q!

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?
Nope! 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).

U-Swing | Resources


Swing Dance Etiquette

There are, of course, some standards in the swing dance community about how to be polite--how to ask someone to dance, how to reject someone, what to do if you run into somebody, etc. We could write a tutorial here, but other people have already said all the same things. My favorite dance etiquette guidelines are from the website Swungover. You can also google search 'swing dance etiquette', and you'll find lots of helpful tips from different swing dance clubs and instructors across the country.

Swing Dance Lessons in the Twin Cities

Want to learn even more swing dancing? There are a lot of awesome dance teachers in the Twin Cities, including:

Check out the lesson times on our calendar below, or check out their websites for more details!

Where to Dance

Swing Dancing is a social dance--we want you to go out and be social! There are TONS of places to dance in the Twin Cities. If you're scared to go alone, ask a group of friends to go with you, or just talk to the U-Swing officers--we go dancing all the time, and we would love to bring you with and show you the ropes.

Dances on the calendar are shown in blue, lessons are shown in orange.