Frequently Asked Questions
About the Lessons
Q: Can I sit-in and watch a lesson?
A: Yes, you may sit-in and watch a lesson for the first 10 minutes of any class. Please check the latest class schedule and just show up!
Q: I’m a complete beginner and have 3 left feet…
A: Most of our students have absolutely no previous dance background whatsoever. The intro lesson and the beginner’s intensive, in particular, are designed for absolute beginners. Don’t worry, we’ll be there to help you have fun in class.
Q: Do I have to bring a partner?
A: No. Most of our students participate by themselves. Classes always rotate and change partners. We encourage you to dance with as many different partners as possible.
Q: What kind of clothing or shoes should I wear for lessons?
A: Loose and comfortable clothing. For shoes, start out with sneakers, and as you become comfortable, try some Jazz shoes or dance shoes with leather soles (with no heels).
Q: Will the class be taught in Japanese or English?
A: The class will primarily be taught in Japanese. But we’ll also teach in English if there are English-only speaking students in class.
About Swing Dancing
Q: What is swing dancing like?
A: Swing dancing is a style of dance that expresses Swing jazz music. Traditionally, men lead while women follow, danced primarily in 6 and 8 count patterns. It can be upbeat and flashy or slow and sensual. movie clips
Q: What is the difference between Swing, Lindy Hop, and Jitterbug?
A: The term “Swing Dancing” describes several American dance styles born during the Jazz Swing Era (late 1920s to 1940s). “Lindy Hop” is the original dance that emerged during the era, spawning several other swing dance styles. “Jitterbug” is another name for swing dancing. Want to learn more?
Q: What other styles exist in swing dancing?
A: Lindy Hop eventually brought forth a number of dance styles including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Shag, Jive, Boogie-Woogie, and others. Other swing dance styles emerged independently of Lindy Hop, including Charleston, Balboa, and Blues. Want to learn more?
About the Event Lessons
Q: Are event lessons beginner friendly?
A: Yes, the events are open to anyone regardless of dance experience. Up ‘till now, at every dance event there are people who are first-timers. We recommend that you take the event lessons, particularly if it’s your first time going to a swing dance party.