Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1) Do I need to bring a
don't need to bring a partner for any of the
classes. We rotate partners so the men dance with all the ladies
the ladies dance
with all the men. If there is an unbalanced gender situation,
group has more (ladies or men) simply has to take turns during
rotation. People are also welcome to learn the opposite part
can learn to lead or men can learn to follow).
2) What if I have a
and I don't want to dance with anyone
fret. We won't force you to take part in the
system if you're not comfortable with it. However, we do
to rotate because dancing with a diverse group of partners will
and your partner's dance skills more rapidly and more
been our experience that people who rotate tend to get more
of their dancing as a general rule.
3) What should I wear?
don't recommend that people buy clothing or shoes
they've gotton some experience with dance and have a better idea
they want. In our classes, you won't need any special clothing,
recommend the following: (1) Wear clothes that are comfortable
restrictive to your movement (for example, long tight skirts are
(2) Wear shoes with flat soles (high heels are not recommended)
your ankle, so they don't fly off when you kick. (3) You also
shoes without a lot of traction (hiking boots are bad), so you
less strain on your knees. (4) For beginners, comfortable dress
loafters or wing tips) or light gym shoes are fine to start. (5)
not a social event, so you aren't obligated to dress up. Wear
that won't make you feel self-conscious. We also recommend that
of hygiene (deodorant and toothpaste are your friends). If you
a lot, consider bringing an extra shirt or towel and a bottle of
4) What's the difference
between swing and lindy? What's balboa?
are all swing-era (1920s, 30s and 40s) dances
are very closely related. They share many common fundamentals
mixed together fluidly by people who know more than one. Dancers
the swing era didn't necessarily categorize the different things
but we do now for the purposes of clarification.
was an international dance craze in the
that featured very rhythmic movements (from the African roots of
and dance) involving lots of kicks.
traditional partner dances (waltz, foxtrot, etc.)
their influence, the partnering aspects combined with the rhythm
to creat lindy hop, which then followed the trends in the
American music to give rise to many other forms of American
west coast swing, Carolina shag, east coast swing/jitterbug and
hustle. Lindy hop is the dance most commonly associated with big
the same time lindy was evolving from charleston,
Balboa island area of Southern California was crazy about jazz
well. But there was a problem. The dance halls in Southern
packed that there was little room to execute the breakaway steps
lindy hop. Also many of the ballrooms outlawed breakaways.
factors, the dancers in that area created balboa, a dance that
rhythms of charleston into a close partnering position much like
Do I have to be a student?
UGA faculty and staff are welcome, as are
members of the community! Visitors from out-of-state are
welcome to join us!
How much does it cost?
It's FREE due to a grant from Athens
What is the format?
plan to teach the basic steps, one standard move,
and one 'cool' move every class period. Classes move along
order to allow more advanced students to enjoy the lessons as
beginners should not feel out of place or lost! We will
three Lindy Hop lessons a month and one Charleston
lesson a month.