Next Steps

(How to Improve Your Dancing)

You've taken the beginner lessons, you've been out social dancing and you feel like you have a pretty good handle on things. Where do you go from here? We recommend the following options:

  • Take a Cats Corner monthly series
  • Participate in the Swing Clinic
  • Take workshops at the Cville Savoy
  • Travel to out of town events!
  • Practice on your own
  • Take private lessons

Cats Corner Monthly Series

Each month we have two montly series running, one at 7:00pm and one at 7:45pm. We alternate months between Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, vernacular jazz, and other topics. If you register for the montly series you are also welcome to stay for the Swing 101 lesson at 8:30pm. You can always work on your fundamentals, and having more experienced dancers in the class helps our beginners!

Following lessons we host hour and a half of social dancing and practice time from 9:00-10:30pm. The absolute best way to learn to dance is to get on the floor and rock out! It's also a great time to interact with other dancers and ask questions.

Cats Corner monthly series are usually $20/month. That covers both the lessons and the social dance. For more information visit our Cats' Corner Page!

The Swing Clinic

During months with a 5th Wednesday we offer a Swing Clinic. During this special lesson you can get one-on-one feedback from instructors stationed around the room. It's a fast-paced, chaotic, fun lesson that will give you plenty to think about and a lot of tips for how to dramatically improve your dancing.

The Swing Clinic is $5. Fore more information, visit the Swing Clinic page.

Workshops at the Cville Savoy

Our famous 4th Saturday dance has been going strong since 2009. Named after the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NY, this dance offers three full hours of social dancing. You might also meet dancers from Richmond, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, and other nearby dance scenes.

The intermediate workshop runs from 5:00-7:00pm. This once-a-month special workshop could be on any imaginable topic. We often run a poll on Facebook to determine the topic for the upcoming month, so look for that on our Facebook Group! The workshop is just $10, or $15 if combined with the social dance.

Travel

In order to really progress and become a well-rounded dancer, you should to get out and experience dancing in different places, dance with different dancers, and learn from different teachers. We routinely post nearby events run by our friends on our Calendar. Also, check the Facebook group see who is travelling this weekend, and maybe ask them for a ride. (Or maybe YOU can be the one offering rides!)

Practice

This one seems obvious, but it bears repeating -- practice at home! Your progress will be slow if you only dance an hour a week during lessons; you may even arrive at lessons having forgotten what you covered the week before!

  • Call up your friend and practice swing-outs.
  • Go home after lessons and review everything you learned.
  • Get on YouTube, or iDance, or RhythmJuice, and look up some moves to practice.
  • Check out an instructional DVD from the Swing Cville library on Wednesdays.
  • Take lessons from other instructors and compare it with what you learn at Swing Cville.
  • Between classes or during the social dance, ask one of the instructors for feedback, then go home and work on it.
  • Take a video of yourself dancing and see if you can pick out your mistakes.

If you are doing a few of these things each week, you will see your dancing improve dramatically! To help you practice on your own, we post video recaps from lessons at our Lesson Archive. Be sure to review each week before class!

If you want more direction or ideas for what to practice at home, just talk to one of the instructors at Cats Corner.

Private Lessons

If you want some one on one feedback from an experienced teacher some of our Swing Cville instructors offer private lessons. To inquire please email info@swingcville.org or call 434-260-0049.

FAQ's:

Ⓠ What's the deal with swing music?

Swing music is why we swing dance! Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Slim Gaillard, The Boilermaker Jazz Band, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, ACME Swing Mfg. Co -- they all play fun, exciting, wonderful music that makes our feet tap! The more you listen to swing music, and the more familiar you become with the rhythms, song structures, and popular songs, the more fun you will have on the social dance floor. So go boot up Pandora or check out some CDs from the Swing Cville library and start listening to music. If you want some suggestions to get you started, ask one of the instructors at Cat's Corner on Wednesdays.

There are some good music links on our Resources page.

Ⓠ How can I get more involved?

Swing Cville needs you! Every week we need volunteers to help setup, cleanup, and sit at the door. Plus there are many other behind-the-scenes jobs that are done by volunteers. If you want to become more involved in Swing Cville, email us at info@swingcville.org or call 434-260-0059 to let us know.

If you don't have time to volunteer, but still want to provide some feedback, feel free to contact us anytime. If you don't feel comfortable doing it in person, you can use our Feedback Form or drop a note in the suggestion box at the studio.

Ⓠ I'm hooked! What resources can I use to feed my dance addiction?