Swing Dancing in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and all around Southern California!! Join us for lessons, dances, workshops, and more!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
Lots of great answers to common questions about swing dancing plus a lot of links and resources including my very special READ ME FIRST if you are brand new to swing dancing!
Free Venue Lessons When you go out swing dancing, many venues will offer a "free" swing lesson with your cover charge! This is how Ben got started in dancing.
THIS IS GOOD FOR those that are just curious, who just want to try it out.. for the casual dancer who may or may not want to get better and instead really just enjoys the social "nightlife" atmosphere swing dancing provides!
NOTE: Not all social dancing venues offer a free lesson. Contact them ahead of time to find out if they offer a free lesson. Even if they don't, it's good to go out and just go social dance! Social dancing is a key part of improving your dancing quickly!
Group/Series Lessons This is usually offered through a studio instead of a venue. This is usually once a week, typically for four to six weeks, and is progressive. This is how Sheri got started in dancing.
THIS IS GOOD FOR people who want to learn faster and want the closer attention of teachers. Group lessons are very popular for three reasons: 1) their affordability compared to private lessons, 2) it's an avenue to meet other like-minded dancers, and 3) they're progressive as opposed to the "Free Venue Lessons" which usually are not. So you can usually get further taking a group series. Also, Group/Series lessons are good for those that just like to take classes and do not necessarily want to go to night venues.
Workshop Lessons This is similar to a "Group/Series" lesson except instead of progressing through a number of weeks, all the lessons are offered on one or two days. Ben and Sheri have both taken many workshops.
THIS IS GOOD FOR just about any dancer at any level. The positives for "Workshops" are similar to the positives for "Group/Series" lessons with the difference being time committment. Instead of a weekly comittment of one or two hours, it's a one or two day committment of several hours. Also, workshops are usually the way a local studio can have an out-of-town teacher teach (as he/she may only be in town for a weekend). So workshops provide a great opporutnity for a local student to learn from a teacher they ordinarily wouldn't have a chance to take a group lesson from.
Private Lessons Just like what it sounds like, this offers the ultimate in convenience and attention for the person taking the lesson.
THIS IS GOOD FOR those people with "special circumstances" (weddings, auditions, etc.), those that want to learn in a hurry, those that want the personal attention, for those that are not satisfied with "Group/Series" lessons, and for those that need the convenience of private lessons as far as scheduling is concerned.
Online and Video Lessons Of course you can always get videos, DVDs, and online lessons as well. Cost and quality of video lessons will differ from instructor to instructor. Sheri and I both have a good amount of instructional video tapes at home and reference them from time to time.
THIS IS GOOD FOR people who want to learn in the comfort of their own home and are a bit shy about face-to-face instructor time. Other positives include being able to watch the video over and over again. Also the cost of a DVD is usually less than a private lesson and so you get a lot of material for your dollar. The trade-off is you do not get face-to-face instructor time and so you have to judge for yourself if you are learning correctly or not. Also quality of instruction on a DVD is hit or miss (even if the teacher is great in person!).
Erik and Sylvia's DVDs are really good (Lindy, Balboa, and Shag). Steve and Heidi also put out a nice 3-DVD set. Doug Silton produces a variety of instructional DVDs.
Another neat alternative is idance.net where you can download lesson clips one at a time. Clips start at $.99 each.