Beginners Start Here


Congratulations, you are on the right track to becoming an accomplished social dancer.

  • Are you tired of not being able to accept invitations from or be the one to invite others to dance when social occasions call for dancing.
  • Are you social and like to meet people, especially when good music is involved.
  • Do you enjoy the challenge of learning something new.

If this sounds like you, continue and register for a class today!  Think about what kind of music inspires you.  If you love rock & blues, start with East Coast swing.  If the rhythms of Latin music make you move, choose Latin.  If you have eclectic musical tastes, try West Coast Swing. 

You can choose group or private lessons or a combination of both.  While group lessons promote comradery and provide the opportunity to dance with more skilled dancers, private lessons provide personalized attention and instruction.  You can always create a private group lesson with your friends.

Our beginner classes are taught over a one-month period, meeting once per week for one hour (except when we have a special event). Here you will  learn the basic step patterns.  You will also learn the basic elements of partner dancing: posture, frame, leading following, footwork, and timing, all of which carry over to other dance styles so that learning gets easier with each class.

Many of our "Last Wednesday Workshop" topics are also great for beginners, like "Basics of Partnering" or "Dips & Fancy Endings".  Check our website calendar for more information.  Click on the class or event you are interested in to get details.

What Should I Wear to Class?

Dress comfortably in layers as you will warm up as you start to move around.  Remember that this is a social activity where you will be touching other people so avoid too much bare skin on the upper body.  Work casual is preferred for a social class setting.    Until you decide to invest in a pair of dance shoes, bring a pair of smooth-soled shoes that allow you to pivot easily on a variety of surfaces.  

As to what shoes to buy when the time comes, this is a very personal thing as it is advisable to try the shoes on to make sure they fit your feet well.  Other ideas are    or