Do I need a partner?

Nope! Swing dancing is a social dance, we like to mix and dance with lots of different people.
Some people have regular partners or friends they like to dance a lot with, some people dance
a lot with everyone. Either way, feel free to come to a dance alone, with friends, or with a
partner. If you’re coming alone, a great way to meet people is to take the drop-in lesson, even
if you’re not new to dancing.

What should I wear?
Whatever you want! We recommend something you can move comfortably in and something
you feel good-looking in! You’ll see lots of jeans, t-shirts, dress-shirts, blouses, skirts and
dresses. Some people like to wear vintage-y type clothes inspired by the swing era. Some
people come straight from work or school. Some people like to be fancy. You choose!
Swing dancing is energetic, and chances are, you’re going to get sweaty. Bring a few extra
shirts and change as soon as your shirt becomes noticeably damp. This isn't just for men -
women often need to bring a change of clothes too. Also: wear deodorant, bring mints or gum,
and avoid strong perfume.
Most people find it more comfortable to dance in shoes that are a little more slippery and a little
less sticky on the bottom, but don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect pair. Bring something
clean and comfortable and you’ll be more than ready for your first steps.

Should I learn to lead or follow?
Whatever you want! All we ask is that whatever role you choose, you stick with that role for the
duration of the lesson. Once the dance starts you can switch it up if you'd like! It is also
common to have more advanced dancers learn the opposite role, because it also helps you
understanding your partners better and develop complementary skills.  

I'm nervous about asking people to dance, declining dances, etc. Can you help?
We've got a whole page for you with info about how to ask someone to dance, how to politely
decline a dance, what to do if someone's bothering you. We also have a Code of Conduct -
please let us know if you think someone is violating it or you feel uncomfortable for any reason.

Some content from the Vancouver Swing Society