Events

Swing dance and music events in Arizona and around the world! Your source for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Swing, Rockabilly, and Blues.
Like us on fb for a list of swing dance events each week and more: www.facebook.com/AZLindy

December 2017/January 2018

  • EVERY TUESDAY – Swing dance night at FatCat Ballroom
  • Sunday, December 31st – New Years Eve Events in Phoenix
  • Sun., January 14th – Swing Sunday School – NEW 6 week course – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. and Lindy hop fundamentals
  • Friday, January 26 – Fourth Friday Swing night at FatCat
  • March 16-18, 2018 – Arizona Spring Jam with the Decavitas! Join us for an incredible three day workshop and a big band hangar dance on Saturday!
  • Alaskan Swing Dance cruise – August 2018
  • Swingin’ on the Sea Caribbean Cruise – Feb. 3-10, 2019 – Swing Dance cruise from New Orleans to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel
  • Ongoing Events – Tuesdays at FatCat Ballroom, Second Fridays at Dance Starz, Fourth Fridays at FatCat Ballroom
  • Upcoming Live Events – Swing, Blues, Jump Blues and Rockabilly
  • Lindy Hop Around the World – Exchanges and Events
  • Videos – Lindy Hop, Swing, and more!
  • Dance Etiquette Tip
  • Deep Thoughts

For a fancy version with nice photos and more visit: azlindy.com/events/

Give the gift of dance for the holidays. Visit our SHOP for gift certificates and upcoming workshop passes that make the perfect gift!

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ONGOING AZ LINDY EVENTS:

TUESDAYS – Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix for All Ages
Named “BEST PLACE TO SWING DANCE IN PHOENIX” by Phoenix Magazine.
7:30 pm: Swing Dance Lesson (East Coast Swing) with Steve Conrad and Bernadette Smith
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

Instructor Steve Conrad has been teaching Lindy hop and Swing for over 20 years and has taught thousands of people how to dance. He is the most experienced and longest running Lindy Hop and Swing teacher in Arizona. He has taught all over the U.S., throughout Europe and China. Recently Steve has appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette”, Arizona Highways TV, HGTV’s “House Hunters”, “Forever Young” on NBC, and in USA Today.

 

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New Years Eve Events for dancers – Sunday, Dec. 31st
The Arizona Lindy Hop Society does not have an official dance this year but we hope you will celebrate the arrival of 2018.
Here is a list of some of our favorite events for New Years Eve:
Gypsy Jazz Band at Valley Bar in Downtown Phoenix. $19 adv./$25 at door; 21 and over – https://www.facebook.com/events/622110084579657/

Downtown Phoenix Block Party – Crescent Ballroom & Van Buren – $19; 21 and over – https://www.facebook.com/events/1915599502035829/

Great Gatsby Party at Desoto Market – Downtown Phoenix – $30,; 21 and over – https://www.facebook.com/events/1967340830188470/

Pint Size and the Guys – Sunland Village East, Farnsworth Drive, Mesa, AZ. $45 per person – https://www.facebook.com/events/162086227736486/ 

FatCat Ballroom – Ballroom dance night (some swing mixed in) – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ – http://fatcatballroomdance.com/
We wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

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Swing Sunday School – East Coast Swing Beg./Int. and Lindy hop Fundamentals
NEW 6-week progressive courses start January 14th

Sunday_School_SignJoin the Arizona Lindy Hop Society for some exciting classes that will have you on the dance floor feeling more confident and having fun. We will be exploring creativity, musicality, improvisation, and new, socially lead-able and follow-able moves. These six week courses in East Coast swing and Lindy hop will challenge you and help your dancing grow. Both classes are open for complete beginners, just be there on week 1.
4:00 pm: East Coast Swing Beg./Int.
5:00pm: Lindy Hop  FUNdamentals
LOCATION: FatCat Ballroom – 3131 East Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
Prices:$65 for each course for all 6 weeks. Drop in class is $15.
20 class card available for best value ($195) – includes 15 minute mini-private lesson, one night at FatCat on a Tuesday and CD for practicing.
You may pay at the door on the first day of class OR ►PURCHASE 20 CLASS CARD◄ (only $180 online through Dec. 31)

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4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom
Friday, January 26th – 7:30pm

7:30 pm – 8:15pm: Beginning East Coast Swing Dance lesson
8:15 pm – 9:00pm Intermediate Swing Dance lesson
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome

 

 

 

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Arizona Spring Jam with the Decavita Sisters
March 16-18, 2018

As seen in the film “Alive and Kicking”, Charlie & Rebecka DecaVita from Stockholm, Sweden will have their Arizona teaching debut at the AZ Spring Jam 2018. They have a fantastic energy and are so much fun and we are thrilled to offer a weekend workshop where you can learn from these incredible Internationally acclaimed dancers.

Charlie and Rebecka, a.k.a The DecaVitas or The DecaVita sisters, are currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. They have been teaching and performing together since 2006 and competing since 2008. In order to develop as dancers they have spent years travelling, teaching and training with a number of performance troupes. Since 2009 they have placed in several international Lindy Hop competitions and performed in music videos, TV-shows and theater productions. Today they make their living out of dancing, they run their own performance team and teach both weekly classes in Stockholm as well as workshops across Sweden and abroad. Together they are known for their endless enthusiasm and and passion for the dance. As instructors Emelie and Rebecka strive to teach good technique in a way that is positive, humorous and effective. They particularly value the interaction between the leader and the follower, believing that both dancers must inspire each other and together form the dance.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 7:30pm – 11pm
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Introduction to Lindy Hop – learn the fundamentals of the swing out and more! (Steve Conrad)
7:30pm – 8:00pm – East Coast Swing dance lesson
8:00 pm – 11:00pm: Dance to great DJs playing the best swing dance music
LOCATION: First Studio – 631 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
The dance will be held in the TV studio where the famous television show Wallace and Ladmo was created and first aired. Everyone attending the dance will receive a Ladmo bag filled with treats and prizes.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
Workshop in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Charleston, and Blues
LOCATION: Tempe Women’s Club (1936 historic building with all wood floors) – 1290 S Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ
10:00 – 10:30am Registration Check In and Warm Up
10:30am – 11:30pm Leading and Following Fundamentals (DecaVitas)
11:30 – 12:30pm Swing Out Repertoire (DecaVitas)
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch Break (Lunch provided for full weekend pass holders)
1:30 – 2:30pm: Spins & Turns (DecaVitas)
2:30 – 3:30pm: Improvisation (DecaVitas)
3:30 – 4:30pm: Intro to Blues Dancing (Chris Wells and Alysondra Susman)

SATURDAY EVENING DANCE
6pm – 11pm
Big Band Hanagar Dance at Falcon Field
Come dressed in the styles of the 40’s and take a Sentimental Journey back to 1943. The WW II aircraft and memorabilia will take you back to a time of joy and celebration. Enjoy a meal from our specialty food trucks and plenty of refreshments to keep you swingin’ on the dance floor. Delicious Food and Drinks available by purchasing tickets at indicated ticket tables.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018
Workshop in Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Charleston, and Blues
LOCATION: Tempe Women’s Club (1936 historic building with all wood floors) – 1290 S Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Blues Dancing Intermediate (Chris Wells and Alysondra Susman)
3:00 – 4:00pm: 1920’s Charleston (with Natalia Rueda from Montreal)
4:00 – 5:00pm: Partner Charleston Combinations (DecaVitas)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Lindy Hop Routine (DecaVitas)

PASS OPTIONS:

FULL WEEKEND PASS
The Full Weekend Pass includes two days of workshops (8 total) and all evening dances. Prices will go up for the Full Weekend Pass as more people sign up, so register early.

First 50 people: $129 (includes workshop and hangar dance)
50-100 people: $149
Price at door: $169
Space permitting, we will allow drop ins at the door for $20 per class.

ONE DAY PASS
The One Day Pass includes one day of workshops (4 total) but does not include any dances.
$69 (Saturday or Sunday)

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES AND DANCES
Individal Classes Drop Ins are available space permitting at the door only. $25 per class
Friday Dance at First Studio – $15 (two classes and dance)
Saturday Big Band Hangar Dance – $45 at door

► REGISTER ◄ OR ► SUPPORT ON KICKSTARTER FOR EXTRA PERKS ◄

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Northern Lights Lindy Cruise – Alaskan Swing Dance Cruise – August 5-12, 2018

The 2018 Northern Lights Lindy Cruise is a 7-night cruise to Alaska that will be an unforgettable time with great friends, world-class dancing and lessons, fine dining, and more! As they say, “Don’t miss the boat!””
A renowned team of Lindy Hop instructors and promoters has come together to create an incredible cruise-dance experience for you: Crystal & Jason Warner (Abbotsford, Canada,) Steve Conrad (Phoenix, Arizona,) and other international super stars (TBA)
Dance workshops, dancing on the sea, excursions, more dancing! We will be having group Dining in multi-level ambiance, world-class cuisine and the most attentive staff at sea. The main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a new dinner menu each evening in an elegant setting, with extraordinary personal service from your dedicated wait staff.
Our world-class team instructors from Canada and the US will be teaching classes in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Vintage line dances, Tap and much more!
More information: http://www.suburbanswing.com/cruise/northernlights.html

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Swingin’ on the Sea Cruise – Caribbean Swing Dance Cruise – February 3-10, 2019

What a fabulous time we shall have aboard the amazing Carnival Dream while dancing our way to paradise! Leaving from the entertaining town of New Orleans, we will be headed to the warm and balmy Western Caribbean to visit the exotic ports of Montego Bay, the Grand Caymans Island and Cozumel. Can you say “hot-hot-hot”?
We will truly have a great time while learning so many Swing and Lindy Hop secrets from our world-renowned instructors including Steve Conrad (AZ), Jerry and Kathy Warwick (TX), Lainey Silver (NY), Terry and Cindy Gardner (MN), and Jennifer Runyan & AJ Howard (Sacramento, CA), and more!
You will be amazed how much fun you will hav
e! We welcome all levels of dancers…beginners thru professional. Singles and couples – there will be plenty of partners for everyone. We will enjoy our dance lessons and continue the fun at our private dance cocktail parties! We dine as a group and we have some crazy theme dining nights too! The fun never stops and it doesn’t get any better than this!   A BLAST will be had while making new friends, learn to dance like the stars all while
sailing the warm and balmy Caribbean seas. Come along with us…we would love to have you join us and you will be treated like family. Memories will be made that 
will last a lifetime…that’s a promise!
More details: https://www.highseasfun.com/swingin

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ONGOING AZ LINDY EVENTS:

TUESDAYS – Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix for All Ages
Named “BEST PLACE TO SWING DANCE IN PHOENIX” by Phoenix Magazine.
7:30 pm: Swing Dance Lesson (East Coast Swing) with Steve Conrad and Bernadette Smith
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome
No partner needed, no dance experience necessary

Instructor Steve Conrad has been teaching Lindy hop and Swing for over 20 years and has taught thousands of people how to dance. He is the most experienced and longest running Lindy Hop and Swing teacher in Arizona. He has taught all over the U.S., throughout Europe and China. Recently Steve has appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette”, Arizona Highways TV, HGTV’s “House Hunters”, “Forever Young” on NBC, and in USA Today.

 

Second Friday Blues Social at Dance Starz in Phoenix (Next one is January 12th)
Second Friday of every month
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Join us for a Friday night dance at a beautiful new dance studio
Dance Starz AZ – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Blues Dance lesson
8:30pm-9:00pm: Open social dance time
All Ages Welcome, No partner needed, No dance experience necessary
$10 includes dance lesson and dance

4th Friday Swing Dance at FatCat Ballroom (next one is December 22nd)
7:30 pm – 8:15pm: Beginning East Coast Swing Dance Lesson
8:15 pm – 9:00pm Intermediate East Coast Swing Lesson OR Charleston, Balboa or Shag (alternates)
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Dance to DJ or occasional live band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 includes dance lesson, water and dance
All Ages Welcome

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LIVE MUSIC AND SWING DANCE EVENTS:
Get the weekly list of live music happenings every Monday at www.facebook.com/AZLindy

Tuesday, December 19
Jingle Bell Swing Ball at Fatcat with the Bad News Blues Band
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $12 in advance, $15 at door. All ages welcome

Wednesday, December 20
Rocket 88s host the Blues Jam
Chopper Chopper Johns, 2547 E Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
6:00pm – 9:30pm, FREE, 21 and Over

Thursday, December 21
Live Band Karaoke (Nathan Unterreiner is in the finals!!)
Dance to songs while people sing – fun night.
Copper Blues – 50 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ
8:30pm – 12:00am, FREE, 21 and over

Friday, December 22
4th Friday Swing at FatCat
7:30 pm: Beginning Swing Lesson; 8:15 pm – Intermediate Swing Lesson; 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to Swing DJs
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 at door – includes dance lesson and dance.  All Ages Welcome, no partner needed.

Friday, December 22
Local Musician Christmas Cocktail Party
Multiple bands playing favorite Chrsitmas Songs
Hacksaw and the Woodchips, Tommy and Amanda, Steve Conrad and the UkeBilly Gypsies, The Caligans (w/Niki), The Darts, The Grass Fed Giants, Rattlebag, Whiskey Kiss, Molly Moonstone, Tyler Grisham, bacpac and the Holy Trinity, Jamie Waldron Trio, The Surfside IV, Belfry Bats , The Shake Em’ Ups
Rips Bar – 3045 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
8:00pm – 1am, $5, 21 and over https://www.facebook.com/events/1823948301178117/

Friday, December 22
Sugar Thieves Christmas Show
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
8:00pm – 12am, $10, 21 and over
Benefit for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona! https://www.facebook.com/events/1513952671992615/

Friday, December 22
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – 7380 East Second St., Scottsdale, AZ
8:00pm – 11pm, SOLD OUT, All ages

Saturday, December 23
Soul Power band (Blues and Soul)
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9pm – 1am, $8, 21 and over

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve blues spectacular with Billy Watson and Bill Tarsha & the Rocket 88s
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
1pm – 7pm, $10, 21 and over

Tuesday, December 26
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Sunday, December 31
New Years Eve – several options for dancing – see full list above
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 2nd
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Friday, January 5th
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:15pm – 1am, $15, 21 and over

Saturday, January 6th
Rhythm Room House Rent Party
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
6:30pm – 12am, $10, 21 and over

Sunday, January 7th
Elvis Birthday Celebration
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
6:00pm – 11pm, $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, January 9th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Friday, January 12th
Second Friday Blues dance
Dance Starz AZ – 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Blues Dance lesson
8:30pm-9:00pm: Open social dance time
All Ages Welcome, No partner needed, No dance experience necessary
$10 includes dance lesson and dance

Saturday, January 13th
Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1am, $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, January 16th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Saturday, January 20th
The Sugar Thieves
Rhythm Room – 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
9:00pm – 1am, $8, 21 and over

Tuesday, January 23rd
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

Friday, January 26th
4th Friday Swing at FatCat
7:30 pm: Beginning Swing Lesson; 8:15 pm – Intermediate Swing Lesson; 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Dance to Swing DJs
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
$7 at door – includes dance lesson and dance.  All Ages Welcome, no partner needed

Tuesday, January 30th
Tuesday Night Swing Dance at Fatcat
Fatcat Ballroom – 3131 E. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm, $7, All ages welcome

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Swing Out – Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, and Blues Events around the World in 2017
see a full list of events around the world at: http://www.swingplanit.com/

Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018
Lindy Focus
Ashville, NC
http://www.lindyfocus.com/

Jan. 3 – 8, 2018
Moscow Christmas Swing Dance Camp
Moscow, Russian Federation
http://mxdc.ru/en/

Jan. 12-14, 2018
Hong Kong Swing Festival
Hong Kong
https://hkswingfestival.wordpress.com/

Jan. 19 – 21, 2018
California Balboa Classic
Orange County, CA
http://calbalclassic.com/

Jan. 26 – 28, 2018
Paris Swing Workshop
Paris, France
https://leschatonsswingueurs.net/?page_id=4717

Feb. 2-5, 2018
Black Coffee Blues Exchange
Tel Aviv, Israel
http://www.blackcoffeeblues.com

Feb. 16-18, 2018
Hot Rhythm Holiday
Austin, Texas
http://www.hotrhythmholiday.com

Feb. 23 – 25, 2018
Swingin’ at the Savoy
Oakland, California
https://swinginatthesavoy.com/

Feb. 24 – March 4
Swing Break Mexico
San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico
http://www.swingbreakmexico.com

March 9  -11, 2018
Vietnam Lindy Exchange
Hoi An, Vietnam
http://www.thevlx.net

March 16-18, 2018
Arizona Spring Jam
Phoenix, AZ
www.AZLindy.com

March 28 – April 2, 2018
barSWINGona 20th anniversary
Barcelona, Spain
http://www.barswingona.org

April 19 – 22, 2018
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend
Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
http://www.vivalasvegas.net/

August 5-12, 2018
Northern Lights Lindy Cruise – Alaskan Swing Dance Cruise 

7-night cruise to Alaska leaving from Vancouver, CAN
http://www.suburbanswing.com/cruise/northernlights.html

February 3-10, 2019
Swingin’ on the Sea Cruise – Caribbean Swing Dance Cruise
New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman Island, and Cozumel
https://www.highseasfun.com/swingin

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On the Web

Each month we will offer you some web videos that are making their way around the world.  These are a great cure for office boredom (to watch only on your lunch break, of course).  Sometimes these will have to do with dance but other times these links will take you to places you may not have been otherwise.  Enjoy.

Lindy Hop with the Decavita Sisters (teaching in AZ for the very first time in March!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHVsASp4bTc

Teachers Cabaret – the DecaVitas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD3JAM_5Wn0

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Dance Etiquette – Saying No to a dance request

For many years I have taught the idea that if someone asks you to dance, please say yes, UNLESS you have a good reason to say no. If there is any reason you do not feel safe, or not respected, or if a dancer has caused any harm, you should absolutely turn down a dance and are not obligated to dance with anyone with whom you do not feel comfortable dancing with. The original idea was to break down cliques and the somewhat insular community of dancers that forms from dancing a long time and dancing with the same partners all the time. The intent was never to make someone dance with someone who made them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. So please, decline a dance when you feel it necessary for your safety and well-being. If you are only saying no due to not knowing a person or you don’t think they dance at your level, then please reconsider and try to expand your attitude with kindness. Also, if someone ever makes you feel unsafe, please contact the person who is running the dance as soon as possible.

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Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

“It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.”

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Ten ways to improve your dancing

1. Private lessons are the single best way to learn how to dance because the the specialized attention to your dancing
2. Go to group classes and social dancing as often as possible
3. Attend weekend camps for an immersion experience and jump start your dancing
4. Travel and dance out of town
5. Dance with a variety of people, of all dance levels, as much as possible.
6. Watch experienced dancers when you go out, on the internet, and anywhere else you can and emulate what you like
7. R
ecord yourself dancing and look at your lines and how you can improve
8. Listen to lots of swing music and dance to live music as often as possible
9. Try other dance forms
10. Have fun, be creative, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes

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