I'm New Here, Tell Me Everything!

Welcome, and glad to have you!  We've developed a special Guide for New Dancers, just for you, that will help to answer the questions that beginners most frequently ask.  Check it out!

If you've already gone through the guide, and your question hasn't been answered, then by all means, read on!

What is your class pricing system?

Boston Lindy Hop classes come in many different lengths to suit our many different topics.  We regularly offer a 6-week Lindy 1 series, as well as 4-week Lindy 2 and 3 series and numerous 2-week "Mini-Series."  But we want our students to take as many classes as possible, and we want to reward dedicated students!  So, we have adopted a simple pricing scheme that automatically applies to all of our regular classes when you register:

Our Regular Class Pricing (Online Registrations Only)

  1-2 Hours 3-6 Hours 7-16 Hours 17+ Hours
Price Per Additional Hour $15/hour $10/hour $5/hour Free!*

* some special class opportunities, such as visiting instructors, are excluded.

Student Discounts (With Valid ID)

  1-2 Hours 3-4 Hours 5-6 Hours 7-9 Hours 10-12 Hours 13+ Hours
Total Student Discount $5 $10 $15 $20 $25 $30

At-the-door Registration Fees

Registering online saves everyone time, and ensures that class check-ins go smoothly.  However, we are able to register you at the door.

  1-2 Hours 3-6 Hours 7+ Hours
At-the Door Fees $5 $10 $20

We do not want this pricing to be a barrier to entry! If it prohibitive for you please contact us at info@bostonlindyhop.com and we can talk about volunteer oppertunities.

What do you teach in your Level 1/Beginner classes?

We offer two classes for beginners, which can be taken in any order:

  • Lindy 1: A six-week series covering all the basic patterns and techniques of the Lindy Hop
  • Charleston 1: A one or two-week introduction to the Charleston, one of Lindy Hop's closest cousins (and a fabulous dance in its own right!)

New Lindy 1 series begin every month, with the night and time on a rotating basis, so you can find the schedule that works best for you.  Charleston 1 is offered almost every month as well. No experience is necessary for either class. However, we often encourage students to take our Lindy 1 class series more than once before moving on to our Level 2 classes, and many students have found it valuable to do so.

On occasional weekends, we also offer "Swing 101," a beginner crash course to help get you out on the floor as quickly as possible.  Swing 101 is a great entry point into the world of swing dancing! However, we recommend taking a Level 1 series class after taking Swing 101, before moving on to the Level 2 classes.

Can I retake a class?

Yes! We are committed to helping our students grow and learn as dancers. The diversity of our teaching staff ensures that you will always learn something new, whether you are taking a class for the first or the fifteenth time! 

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. You can pay by credit card with our online payment. At the door you can only pay by cash or check. There is a discount for paying online, and we definitely encourage you to do so!

Does Boston Lindy Hop ever cancel dance classes due to inclement weather?

In cases of snow emergency, Boston Lindy Hop may cancel classes. If we do, we will refund a portion of the paid amount and inform everyone who registered via email.

Do You Have a Code of Conduct or Other Policies That I Should Know About

Yes.  At Boston Lindy Hop, we believe it is extremely important that all of our dancers feel safe and comfortable in their environment.  That is why we have adopted an Anti-Harrassment policy.  Check out our Code of Conduct here for more information.

If you are looking for information on our other policies, you may find them at our Policies page.

I've taken some swing dancing before. Should I sign up for the Lindy 1 or the Lindy 2 classes?

Many dancers come to us with some amount of previous dancing experience, but choosing the right place to begin can be a challenge!

Lindy Hop is a dance that incorporates many patterns using an 8-count footwork, as well as patterns using a 6-count footwork. Many of the basic moves such as the swing out and the Lindy circle are done in 8 counts, while many other moves and turns are done in 6 counts.  This is a big part of what makes the dance great!  But it can also be confusing to students when they are first beginning the dance. Our six-week Lindy 1 course is designed not just to teach you basic moves using both patterns, but also to help you integrate them seamlessly on the dance floor.

Often, dancers come to us with experience in only one of these patterns.  In particular, many students have learned some amount of 6-count swing (sometimes called East Coast Swing or Jitterbug), but they are unfamiliar with the 8-count basics of Lindy Hop. In these cases, we ask that you begin with our Lindy 1 classes first.  The 8-count basics learned in Lindy 1 are most definitely a prerequisite for subsequent classes! 

If you are comfortable with 8-count and 6-count footwork, and are proficient with the swing out, Lindy circle, and the swing out from closed position, then you may be fine beginning with our Lindy 2 classes.  However, many students still find it valuable to take Lindy 1 first.  If you are unsure, ask one of our instructors for advice on which class to take. You can always switch classes if you find that you need a refresher, or if you find that the material covered is something you are already proficient in.

If any (or all) of that sounds like Greek to you, or you've never danced a step in your life, that's just fine!  Start with Lindy 1, and we will have you out on the floor in no time.

Do I need to have a partner to take a dance class at Boston Lindy Hop?

No. Partners are not required for classes at Boston Lindy Hop. We rotate partners throughout the class so everyone has a chance to dance with everyone else.

If I already have a partner, do I need to rotate partners in class?

If, for any reason, you do not wish to rotate partners, you and your partner are welcome not to rotate.  The instructors may ask you to step out of the main circle in order to avoid confusion.

However, we do in general strongly encourage new dancers to enter the rotation of the class. Our years of experience teaching dance classes and participating in dance classes ourselves have demonstrated that, overwhelmingly, people who rotate in class progress faster than those who do not.  There are three key reasons why this is true:

  1. If a couple falls significantly behind the pace of the rest of a class, it becomes harder to keep them up to speed without slowing the progress of the rest of the class.
  2. People learn at different speeds and frequently one person in a couple will pick up material faster than the other. This usually results in one half of the couple helping (read: teaching) the other with material that they, themselves, are still trying to learn. This can inhibit learning for both partners, and it creates unnecessary stress.
  3. Couples who only dance with one another are prone to reinforce each other's bad habits.  They also limit their progress by dancing in a way that accommodates the other partner's specific shortcomings.  This can happen in subtle ways even without either of you realizing that it is happening, and it can greatly affect your progress in the future.

Rotating allows people to find others in the class who are at their learning speed, and it encourages all dancers to remain focused on their own improvement without being too much impacted by the overall progress or specific issues of a single partner.  Both members of a couple can then progress at a level that is comfortable for them, yet still get to dance with each other when they meet in the rotation. So please consider rotating. Of course, if you still prefer not to rotate, that's totally fine. Ultimately, we want you to be comfortable in class, and the best way to achieve that is up to you.

I know how to dance, but my partner doesn't. Can I help them learn faster?

Absolutely! The best thing you can do for your partner is to get them out social dancing and encourage them to dance with lots of different people.  Be encouraging, positive, and drag your friend/girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse out dancing.  Introduce them to your friends, and encourage them not to be intimidated by dancers who are "better" than they are.  Learning can be tough, but feeling welcomed as part of the community makes it much easier.

But, when it comes to the hard work of actually teaching them to dance, let us be the bad guys. It's what you are paying us for, after all. If you see something that needs fixing, let us take care of it. That way, any anxiety and discomfort associated with learning can be directed at us, rather than at you. You be "good cop." Don't worry, we'll make sure that your partner is getting it right.

What should I wear?

Clothes:

You want to be comfortable and able to move in your clothes, and you'll want to dress in layers because you may get warm.  Jeans and t-shirts are a great option, and there is no need to dress fancily.

Footwear:

Experienced dancers can be very particular about their footwear.  However, as a beginner dancer, you should be able to start dancing with shoes that you already own.  Your shoes should be comfortable and have a small amount of traction, but not too much.  A well worn-in pair of sneakers will often work very nicely.

We do not recommend wearing shoes with overly-high heels, stiff boots, flip-flops, or other open-toed shoes that are not secure on your feet.  Shoes that are overly-sticky can also be hard on your ankles and knees.  However, feel free to bring more than one pair of shoes to try out on our floor.

If you've been dancing for a bit and you would like to invest in a pair of dance shoes, there are many options for you to suit your preferences and style.  Ask an instructor or a friend who's been dancing for awhile, they'll usually be happy to point you in the right direction.

Finally, please know that the dance following our Monday night classes has special shoe requirements.  If you are attending our Monday classes, you are welcome to wear whatever shoes you want, but if you stay for the dance (which we hope you do), you must abide by their requirements to avoid damaging the floor. Check out the Monday Night Practice FAQ for more info on what shoes you can wear to the Monday Night Practice.

What music do you use in class? What music can I practice to?

Click Here for a list of some of the music we use in class.