So, you're new to partner dancing, or maybe you've done other types of dance and you're new to Lindy Hop. Not to worry, we've got you covered! Want to know what's going on in and around Atlanta? Click here to check out the calendar!
Lindy Hop isn't just a dance; it's a community. Locally, regionally, Nationally and Internationally, Lindy Hoppers pride themselves on their ability to transcend boundaries and create comfortable, friendly connections with a wide variety of new friends.
Whether you're looking for excersize, friends, a new hobby, just love the music, or any other reason, we'll help you ease into the flow of dance and all that goes along with it!
Commonly Asked Questions
Preparing for your first class
Q. Do I need special shoes or clothes?
A. You don't need special shoes or clothes, but here are some tips that will come in handy. Dancing is an aerobic activity, so wear layers that you can easily shed, and bring extra shirts, because you will sweat! Wear shoes that won't slip off and are comfortable. In classes, many people like worn out keds-style shoes.
Q. What if I want special shoes?
A. Well, alright! Let's do this thing. If and when you decide you want special shoes, you'll hear people talking about chrome leather and "chroming" your shoes. No, we're not just big google fans, chrome soles are a type of suede that helps make your shoes slick on the bottom, which is great for turns and slides. You can get your shoes chromed at a shoe repair place, but ask them if they do dance shoe soles first; not every one does. A couple great websites for buying dance shoes online are www.dancestore.com and www.danceshoesstore.com
Q. And clothes?
A. People dress in all sorts of ways when they go out dancing, and you can dress however you feel most comfortable. If you're into vintage threads, but don't want to ruin that delicate gem from 1943, check out the sweet selection at www.uniquevintage.com, www.dancestore.com and www.modcloth.com
Q. Can I ask anyone to dance?
A.You bet! Anyone dances with anyone at a Lindy Hop/Swing event. Leads and Follows are both encouraged to ask for dances. Some people both lead and follow, so if you want to switch, just ask!
Check your studio location
Make sure you're going to the right studio. Some searches send you to an old location, so check the calendar below for a link to your class location. Most Monday classes are at Hot Jam, 307 Pine Tree Dr NE in Atlanta, and most other classes are at Firefly Studio, 189 Sams Street in Decatur, but check to make sure!!
Bring a water bottle!
It's important to stay hydrated when dancing! So be sure to bring a water bottle with you. We have a kitchenette at Firefly, and a water fountain at Hot Jam where you can fill or refill your bottle.
Bring a change of shirt
Dancing can be sweaty business, so be kind, and bring a shirt, just in case you sweat through yours. While we're at it, just a reminder to use anti-perspirant or deodorant when you go out dancing. Every time!
Cleanliness is next to Astaire-liness
Nothing says "let's dance" more than fresh breath, clean smellin' clothes and you saying, "Let's Dance." But seriously, remember to be kind to the people you're dancing with, and keep ourselves smellin' sweet.
Do be mindful of perfumes & colognes, however...a little goes a long way!
All attendees, teachers, employees, and volunteers at our classes and events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 678.642.8165.
The Quick Version
Down South Swing is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Down South Swing class or event, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, facebook, and other online media. Class or event participants violating these rules may be expelled without a refund at the discretion of the Down South Swing board or Event organizers.
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Instructors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, instructors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Down South Swing staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, contacting police if necessary, or expulsion from classes/event with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of Down South Swing staff immediately.
Event/class staff will be happy to help participants contact Down South Swing, the Safe Spaces representative, or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at class and event venues and Down South Swing-related social events.