Partner dancing does not have to rely on binary gender roles. In fact, at some point, all swing dancers work to learn both roles to get a better understanding of the dance. So why not start out learning that way? You get double the knowledge. We even think it makes it easier to learn, since you’ll understand what your partner is doing as well.
This method of learning also makes space for people who don’t want to just lead or follow, or who aren’t sure what role they would prefer, or who maybe don’t identify with the gender binary that is so inherent in the “men lead, women follow” assumption in partner dancing. We want to create a safe space for people of all identities to learn to dance.
We think learning to dance should be fun, silly, inclusive, and also turn you into a seriously skilled person.
We do not want any financial, emotional, or physical barriers to stand in the way of you taking our classes if you’re interested. If you have questions or concerns or specific needs we haven’t addressed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and either Ally or Rebecca will respond to you as soon as possible.
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