Want to try a class? Not sure if you need to register with a partner? Wondering what clothes are best suited to swing dancing? Before you send us an email, take a look below - you might find the answer you're looking for nice and quickly!!
- For couple dance Lindy hop and Shag is registration with a partner mandatory.
- Are you sick, do you have fever? Please stay at home. (No reimbursement in case you are in quarantaine or you are tested positive to Corona and cannot attend class. Your partner is still welcome to the class and can dance on his own (solo)).
- In case a new lock down will happen or we can’t give classes for any other reason, we will postpone the missed classes or start later with this session.
Any questions? Send us an email and we will be happy to help you!
Can I try a class?
Yes! If you have a partner and the class is not full, you can try an hour class for €14, or an 1h15 class for €17. If you wish to join the whole session, the cost of the first class will be deducted from the total course cost.
I have no dance partner. What should I do?
At Apollo Swing, we try to keep the numbers of leads and follows in our Lindy Hop and Shag classes as balanced as possible. This means that although it is possible to register without a partner, when you do, you’ll be placed on the waiting list. As soon as you can be paired with another lead or follow, you’ll be taken off the waiting list and notified by email. This can sometimes happen last minute - just before the start of lessons, or even during the first week of classes. Just a reminder that just because you’re paired with someone for the balance of classes, it doesn’t mean you have to dance with that person all the time - we rotate partners in class!
We recommend that you find a partner among your acquaintances, or make a call through Facebook Groups or our Facebook page.
We have also made this sheet to help you to find a partner, please do not hesitate to use it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l6uXJuSMvmyuz27VMJawiIB0UmbCJ-jY0jWbktRxobU/edit?usp=sharing
You need to contact the other dancers to find a partner and then register officially together through our apolloswing website.
Do we change partners during the class?
Yes! This helps both leader and follower to improve faster, as they both are exposed to different dancers with varying strengths and weaknesses. If you do wish to dance only with your registration partner during, we will not force you to change; however, we strongly encourage it, and should you continue to take classes, rotation of partners will become the norm. If you choose not to rotate partners in a class, you should inform the teachers at the beginning of each lesson.
What clothes and shoes should I wear during a class?
Anything you feel comfortable in!
Clothing-wise, some people like to bring an extra T-shirt - it might get sweaty!
Shoes should be comfy and have a bit of flexibility. Some dancers opt for sneakers, while others like leather-soled shoes - as long as it’s comfy, you’ll learn what you like over time.
I have a lot of other dance experience. Can I skip the beginner level?
We still recommend you take the beginner classes. We find that experience in other dances doesn’t necessarily mean that you will learn swing dance more easily - especially when it comes to understanding the basics. There are a lot of fundamentals in the body movement, rhythm and partner connection that aren’t shared by most other dance styles. If we see that you pick it up quickly, you may be moved up to another level once you have a firm grasp of the basics (provided the leader/follow ratio in class allows this).
Leading? Following? Huh? What does that mean?
Lindy Hop and Shag are partner dances. This means that, generally speaking, we have a leader - who initiates the movements - and a follower - who chooses how to respond. Whichever role you choose is up to you, and depends on what you think you’ll feel most comfortable with. Some of our instructors specialise in both roles, so don’t necessarily expect to see a typical Male-Female partner dynamic! However; when you register for a course, please choose one role and stick with that for the semester.
Exception: at our Lindy Hop SWITCH class, you will learn dancing in both the leader role and the follower role. No need to register with a partner.
The semester of classes has started already! Can I still join?
For beginners: Ours session starts in September and in February. It is still possible to join from the second class. If you wish to start after that, we suggest you contact us - depending on whether you have past experience, and what the class balance is like, it may be possible to join. Taking private classes to catch up on repertoire may also be an option.
For all other levels: You may join at any time, given that you have contacted us, and that the class is still able to accept someone in your role. Based on your experience we can help to direct you towards the class most suited to you, and after your first lesson, our teachers can then confirm whether or not this placement is appropriate.
Is it possible to follow two levels of classes?
Yes, it is possible, but always ask the teachers first.
If you take an additional class in the same dance style, you will benefit from a 50% discount.
If your second class is in another dance style, you will benefit from a 30% discount on the second class.
If you take a third class, you will benefit from a 30% discount on that class.
LH 100% + LH 50% Discount
LH 100% + Solo 30% Discount
LH 100% + LH 50% Discount + Solo 30% Discount
LH 100 % + Solo 30 % Discount + Shag 30 % Discount
My dance partner can’t make it to class this week - can I still join?
Of course! We anticipate that people will need to occasionally miss classes. It’s important that you attend classes as often as possible so you’re caught up with the material in the course - perhaps you can even use what you learn to help your partner catch up between classes!
Am I too old to dance or follow classes?
You’re never too old to dance! Of course it’s important that you take care of your body and respect its needs, but Lindy Hop is a dance open to people of all ages. Some of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers were still teaching class in their 90s!! If you do have a medical issue that we should take into account, please let your teachers know at class.