Lessons are from 7:30 to 8:30 most Mondays, with warm-up from 7:00-7:30. Exceptions are parties with live music and holidays, when we don't dance. Dancing and requests from 8:30 to 10 with frequent mixers and easy dances. No lessons during the summer.
Dance all the mixers. These are easy dances that repeat short patterns with many partner changes. Mixers will build your dance skills and help you meet lots of nice people who will ask you to dance later. Or you can ask them. We dance several mixers every Monday.
Dance as much as possible.
Dance with people who know the dance. It can be frustrating and not very helpful to dance with another beginner.
Attend the lessons offered on Mondays.
Listen to Scandinavian dance music.
Watch teaching videos or DVDs from our library. Or buy your own set.
During lessons, join the circle whether you have a partner or not. The instructor will facilitate frequent partner changes and as the circle moves, everyone gets a turn to practice with many different partners.
Wear shoes that let you turn easily. Flat-ish are best. Non-skid or non-slip shoes will not work.
Bring a second pair of shoes for dancing. This helps protect the floor from debris tracked in on street shoes.