Do I need to bring a partner?
No, in classes we rotate partners every few minutes, which means you will dance with everyone in the room who is learning the opposite role. We find this adds variety, speeds up learning, and will help you make some new friends!
What do you mean by 'role'?
Lindy Hop is a partner dance, meaning in the pair there is a 'lead' and a 'follow'. Traditionally this was dictated by gender but we encourage everyone to try leading and following and either maintain 'switching' (dancing both lead and follow roles) through their dancing or make an informed choice based on preference, having tried both.
What should I wear?
Wear something you feel comfortable moving in, such as jeans and a t-shirt. Restrictive or overly flowing clothing can impede your dancing. For footwear, we recommend something light and flat which will stay on your feet such as a pair of plimsoles or trainers without a heavy tread.
Where and when are there classes?
Cheshire Swing Cats classes are at Hoole Community Centre, every Sunday from 7:00pm; you can find more information here.
Is there parking available?
Hoole Community Centre has it's own large car park, there is also parking available on the adjacent side streets.
Do I need to book or can I just turn up?
There is no need to book for our Sunday night lessons, though if you want to send us a message before your first class, feel free!
What are the costs involved?
Only £5 for an entire evening of fun or £2 for just our weekly social dance.
Do I need previous experience in dance?
No previous experience is needed!
Which class should I attend?
Foundation classes are aimed at people who have never done swing dancing before, or want to work on their basic skills.
Swing+ classes are aimed at improver and more advanced dancers. You should have completed at least two 7-week courses of Foundation classes or already have a grasp of the basic rhythms of swing dance (8-beat and 6-beat Lindy Hop and 30s Charleston).
If you are unsure, get in touch or ask a member of our team and we can discuss what level would suit you best.
Anything else I should know?
While dancing is very fun it is quite physical and as such it is important to stay hydrated. Consequently we would advise you bring a bottle of water with you so you can dance the night away!
Can I give feedback?
Yes! We love feedback. At the bottom of any of the pages on the website you can find access to an anonymous feedback form.
Can I hire dancers to perform at my event?
We are a community group, aimed at getting everyone dancing and having a good time. We are not able to provide a performance troupe for private events. We love to dance socially to live music and finding new opportunities to do so in the North West. If you would like us to teach at your event or tell us about your favourite jazz gig that we could dance at, please do get in touch through our contact page.
What music should I practise to?
We have a spotify playlist full of swing music here. Repeating the basic rhythms in your kitchen by yourself is a great way of improving and developing your skills in leading/following.
I've got the dancing bug! How can I find out other opportunities to go dancing?
Brilliant! Check out our social dancing page to find other local groups and events. You can also start planning future dance activities all over the world through Swing Plan It.