What is the difference between Swing Dancing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, East Coast and West Coast Swing?
Swing dancing is a catch-all phrase that can be used for all of these dances. Lindy Hop is the original swing dance.
Jitterbug and East Coast swing are synonymous with each other - both use the same footwork. West Coast Swing is done to more modern music, and dancers move in a narrow space on the floor called a slot. Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing footwork rhythm is similar, Lindy Hop movements aren't restricted to a slot. Back up to the Questions
What are the benefits of joining the Turnverein?
As a member of the Turnverein you have differing benefits with each club you attend. The Colorado Swing Dance Club offers the following:
FREE admission on the 1st Friday - EVERY MONTH
Discounts at all swing-related workshops at The Turnverein
Reduced admission to all Turnverein dances (not just Swing Club dances)
Please refer to the Turnverein Cultural Center web site for benefits for the other clubs.
There is FREE parking in the Turnverein parking lot, and we have overflow lots. Even if you know where the overflow lots are located, YOU MUST get a permit FIRST for that night. You WILL get towed if you don't have a permit.
No, you do not need a partner, because dancing with different people is essential to your progress to become a better dancer. During the lessons the instructors will call on either the Leads or Follows to rotate. Rotating partners allows you to take notice if your Leading or Following works with other dancers.
The Lindy Hop community is very social and during the dances everyone dances with everyone any way.
You don't have to rotate, but you will advance your learning curve if you do.
The dance is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm, and sometimes runs a little bit late because of the Beginner Lindy Hop class. The dance goes until midnight, except on the first and third Fridays of the month when the Groovapalooza dance goes until 1:00 am.
If a swing-related event is happening, the dance might start at 9:00 pm. You should check the Events page for links to those events and verify the start times.
Wear whatever is comfortable, that should be your primary concern. You'll find people wearing any number of things ranging from jeans and dress pants, to shorts (in the summer) and skirts. It is highly recommended that the clothes be loose, rather than tight fitting and you should consider bringing additional shirts or tops to change into, as this is a physical activity and you will likely perspire (sweat!). No one likes dancing with a sweat-soaked partner.
For shoes, we ask you wear shoes that won't scuff our hardwood floors. In the winter, we ask that you clean the soles so salt and gravel don't get tracked onto the floor, and always make sure the soles are dry.
Women tend to wear flats rather than heels. Experienced dancers will put suede or duct tape on the bottom of sneakers (tennis shoes) since those shoes are nicely cushioned, and the suede or duct tape allows your feet to glide across the floor with control.
What is Blues dancing, and what is the Lindy & Blues Groovapalooza?
Blues dancing is done to music with slower tempos. Partners tend to dance closer to achieve a greater movement connection to one another at the slower tempos.
The Lindy & Blues Groovapalooza dances fall on the first and third Fridays of the month, and go until at least 1:00 am. The dance starts with 'traditional' Lindy Hop music and around 11:00 pm the music starts transitioning to slower music, often described as bluesy or groovier music. The late-night music is sometimes still Lindy Hop-able.
Is it okay to decline someone a dance if I feel uncomfortable dancing with them?
Dancers, Follows AND Leads, should NEVER feel obligated to dance with anyone that makes them feel uncomfortable. You should decline graciously, and the proper etiquette is to NOT dance with someone else on the song you just declined.