Our Beginner Programs
Looking for a fun night out? Want to swing dance or try something new? You’ve come to right place! Sugar Swing offers dance classes with excellent, caring instructors.
Here’s a few reasons why you’ll love us:
- Fun, inspiring classes to get you groovin’
- No partner needed. Though if you have one or want to join up with your significant other, great!
- No age restrictions… come if you’re 15, 25, or 95!
- Fun, well-trained instructors, and a great venue
- Opportunities to get to know your classmates through Pub ‘n Practice nights
- Email updates to keep you in the loop
- No recitals, or pressure to compete or perform if you don’t want to (though if that’s your jam, we do have classes geared to that, plus a performance team)
- Newcomers receive a pass to our weekly “Sugar Foot Stomp”, which includes a lesson!
Lindy Hop is the original swing dance, first seen at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, in the 1930’s. It’s very sociable, full of improvisation, rhythmic, and just plain fun.
Don’t mind switching partners? Swing 1 is our beginner-friendly “Level 1” 12-week series that is geared toward singles and folks who don’t mind switching partners. (If you prefer not to switch partners, scroll down to Sweetheart Swing.) It is our well-rounded, flagship program and most people register for this course. We focus on dancing socially, and there is no routine or choreography to learn in this class. It is broken up into three parts, parts A, B, C. See below for level info!
We go out of our way to balance the swing dance classes when things aren’t even for leads or follows and typically have things evened out by the second class if not the first. These classes tend to be energizing as everyone works together to figure out moves and concepts.
Swing 1 – Performance Series
In this class, we learn a short choreography with the goal of showcasing it! Not to worry, this class is still beginner-friendly, all ages, with no partner required. It’s the same material as our regular Swing 1 class but gives you a taste of learning a routine and performing it.
Over Part 1, you will learn the first snippet of a short choreo. A great sequence of moves that you get to rehearse and perfect while learning how to do them well. Our goal is to teach beginners how to both social dance and have a better memory of moves through repetition. And what better way than having a goal of learning a choreo!
Bonus Weeks: Somewhere between Week #5 and #9 we will be hosting a Pub & Practice night — take the night off to grab a drink/food with your fellow classmates, then come back to the ballroom to practice/review!
Note: Although the class is intended for new beginners, even if you’ve already taken Swing 1, consider joining the performance series if you want to learn a short routine, with the goal of showcasing it!
In Part 2, we take on new students to learn a different part of the small choreo, whereas part A students will have the opportunity to perform both parts. All together we will learn completely new material, so hop on in, mid-semester! It’ll be great!
Sweetheart Swing 1
Have a partner? Prefer to not rotate much? Sweetheart Swing is the perfect fit! It’s the exact same curriculum as Swing 1, but meant for couples or folks who don’t want to change partners much. These classes run quite smoothly — not only do you get to spend some quality time with your partner, it’s exciting to realize you actually CAN dance! PS – if you want to come with a family member or dedicated friend, that’s fine too.
Please Note: While you won’t be rotating partners much, once in awhile during a class we will ask everyone to switch partners for short time. We find that most people don’t mind switching, as long as they get to dance with their partner the majority of the time.
SIDE NOTE: If you don’t see a Sweetheart Swing 1 class on a day that works for you, but there is an equivalent Swing 1 class available that works for you, then you may register for the Swing 1 course with a few very important notes:
- You must inform us that you prefer to stay with your partner for that Swing 1 course.
- If the class is small (under 10 people), then you must rotate with the rest of class, no exceptions!
- Please contact us 1-2 days before class starts to check on the enrolment of that alternate Swing 1 class, and if it’s not looking ideal, we’ll give a full refund.
- With our many years of experience teaching swing dance, having a small class with partners who strongly prefer not to rotate within a singles class creates a difficult teaching situation and class atmosphere!
Accelerated vs Regular Packages
When offered, if you excel at movement and rhythm, are up for a challenge, and want to go fast, consider the more-intense accelerated program. This includes 4 weeks of twice-a-week classes (2x 1hr10min per night) and 4 weeks of 1hr 10min lessons.
Most people should opt for the regular track that spans 12 weeks.
Swing 1, Sweetheart Swing 1, Swing 1 Party Class are just names. You are learning Lindy Hop! Lindy Hop can be described as the “swingout” or “rock-step-triple-step-step-step-triple-step”, but that’s a far incomplete picture. It’s actually more of a conglomerate dance that includes 6-count/Jive/East-Coast moves (these dances are very similar), Charleston, Jig-Step, and much more. So to make things make sense, over 12 weeks you’ll be learning 4 classes of Charleston, 4 classes of Jive/6-Count/East-Coast, and 4 classes of Lindy/8-Count
Our Swing program consists of 3 levels titled as Swing 1, Lindy Hop 2, and Lindy Hop 3. Each series takes 12 weeks or more to complete
Level 1: Swing 1, Sweetheart Swing 1, Swing 1 Party Class – Everyone starts here whether they have dance experience or not. We recommend the level 1 classes in September, January, and May for complete beginners starting, as well as the “Jive” parts. For people with prior dance experience, you should at least take Lindy Hop and Charleston parts.
Level 2: Lindy Hop 2 – Requires level 1 “Lindy” and “Charleston” parts for prerequisites, no exceptions, unless you have been dancing Lindy Hop in another city for at least several months. Dance students should consider taking level 2 classes immediately after finishing Level 1 – don’t be shy! Also, Students are encouraged to volunteer for level 1 classes for practice!
Level 3: Lindy Hop 3 – Requires three parts of Lindy Hop 2 or upon instructor recommendation. Fast paced, not for everyone. Dance students should take more than three sessions of Lindy Hop 3, though we can’t always offer Lindy Hop 3 due to venues and scheduling.
We hope you enjoy our swing dance classes. If at any time you are confused, frustrated, bewildered, or disappointed, please chat with us so that we can remedy your situation.
Schedule & Registration Details
For all information about our upcoming schedule, pricing, and how to proceed with registration, please click the button below:
As an added benefit, all newcomers receive a Sugar Foot Stomp pass!
The one-year fee of $28.57 automatically saves you $10 on a 4-week session or $25 on a 12-week session!
Payment: GST to be added to prices shown. Options: (1) Pay over-the-phone with credit card (2) At the first class with cash, cheque, debit, credit card (3) Online with credit card. Note: Please see our payment and refund policy on the FAQ page for information regarding all sales.
When you arrive at your first class, come 10-15 minutes early so that you may complete your registration, sign the liability waiver, and pay for the series. During the series, please arrive on time so we can end on time. Never give up, and stick it through! You’re rewarded personally for perseverence. Keep in mind that we really do care about your success; at any time, please come to us or your fellow students for help. Also, feel welcome to share your skills and knowledge with other students. We’re all in it together!