April 5, 2014

Dance Tips & Lessons

First time to one of our lessons or events? Here is what you should know!

We welcome beginners! No experience, no problem.

What you should wear:

You are welcome to come dressed up “vintage” but whatever you wear remember that you will be working up a sweat from moving and shaking (well, not so much shaking unless you feel inspired)! Some dancers, especially our leads, bring a couple extra shirts to change into throughout the night.

We strongly recommend you wear comfortable sneakers or flats if you do not have dance shoes. Keds were worn by some of the original Lindy Hoppers at the inception of the dance. Some of our most experienced dancers consider this a go-to shoe.

Feeling like this is something you want to keep doing? Great, we are excited to see you back again ūüôā

You can purchase “Lindy-friendly” shoes on-line. Popular brands include Aris Allens, Bleyers, and Re-Mix Vintage shoes.

You can turn your favorite¬†shoes into a dance shoe by taking them to a cobbler to be “chromed”.

Want to take a DIY approach? A regular McGyver can work wonders with ducktape, moleskin, and superglue.

Dance-floor Etiquette

Anyone can be a lead or follow, it is not gender-specific. The best dancers typically lead AND follow. Once you feel comfortable – and maybe a little bored – in one role, it is absolutely acceptable to tackle the other side.

This is a partner-dance. Every single dance is unique. You may vibe with one partner and one song, and never replicate quite the same experience even if you dance with the same partner and same song at another time. That’s okay and it’s part of the magic¬†– rack up all the experiences! But be aware, these are social dances and best etiquette is to grab a new partner each song.

Anyone can ask anyone to dance. In fact it is common for follows to ask leads if they would like to dance. We encourage you to dance with people of all levels. Our most experienced dancers enjoy dancing with a beginner, we have our own fond memories of when we started that we are eager to bore you with. It is also our philosophy that you can only become a better dancer if you constantly challenge yourself to dance with partners who are not specifically at your level (that means you should dance with more experienced AND less experienced dancers if you want to improve).

It is okay to decline a dance. Sometimes you need a breather or you want to¬†chat¬†with someone you’ve just met. Be polite though, don’t decline and accept dances wily nily.¬†In some cases it is best etiquette¬†to sit out a song if you declined to dance with someone.

Be aware of the space and force you use when flailing limbs. A little flailing is quite alright, but this is a shared dance-floor and we want all our dancers to experience it safely. That said, if you know aerials there is a time and place to use them. Aerials are only acceptable on a social floor during a performance (that means you and your partner were asked or requested to show us some moves and everyone else is an audience) or during a jam-circle.

Be aware of your partner, don’t hold on too tightly or “crank” their arms. We all want to dance the next song – be mindful of human anatomy! Be sure to attend our beginner lesson to learn the nuances of “partnering-up”.

If you are standing still to chat, move to the edge of the dance floor!

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