Do I need a Partner?
No you do not need to come with a partner. In all of our classes we rotate partners frequently, so you will have the opportunity to meet and dance with lots of people.
That shouldn’t stop you from bringing your friends though – the more the merrier!
Should I Lead or Follow?
There are two roles in Swing Dancing: a leader and a follower.
It does not matter which one you choose, go with whichever you prefer. You can also learn how do both opening up the chance to dance with even more people.
All of our classes incorporate an element of switching roles to allow you to build a greater understanding of your partner’s perspective.
What should I wear to class?
Many people love to get dressed up at events, but for weekly classes most people will come in everyday clothes or straight from work. The main things to bear in mind are that it is an energetic dance and you want to be able to move around comfortably. Be prepared to sweat a bit and maybe change your top.
Nexus Art Cafe
Port Street Car Park
Where can I park for classes?
Our Thursday Night class venue, The Nexus Art Cafe, is located in the Northern Quarter in the centre of Manchester.
There are a handful of nearby car-parks for those driving into the city. Among them is 1 Port Street, Citipark. Roughly £1 per hour of parking and is free between 8pm – 8am.
The Nexus Art Cafe is also just a small walk from Manchester Picadilly Station and Market Street Metrolink Stop as well as several bus routes into Picadilly Gardens.
What about my footwear?
Leather or suede soled shoes are what you will see many dancers wearing on wooden floors, but for dance practice, shoes such as Keds or Toms are a popular choice. The main considerations are comfort and to look after your knees. So usually flat shoes or a sturdy proper dance heel and ensuring there isn’t too much grip from the sole.
What Level should I do?
We have two classes every week accessible to all dancers, whether you’re a first timer or a dancer of several years. If you’re in your first 12 months of dancing we recommend attending these classes.
For those with a little more experience and desiring more of a challenge, we also have an Intermediate Level. If you’d like more information, see our level descriptions on our classes page, or speak to one of our instructors.
What if I miss a class?
All of our beginners classes are designed to be accessible to first time dancers. So if you miss a class, that’s alright, please come back when you can and we look forward to seeing you again.
Our Fundamentals classes are designed to work around monthly themes. In order to get the most out of these we would recommend attending as much as possible. Continued weekly attendance however, may not be considered vital or compulsory.
Can I just come for Social Dancing?
Yes, absolutely, please do! Our Thursday Night classes are make space for a total of 75 minutes of social dancing across the evening. This gives you lots of time to practice what you have learned, have a dance and enjoy the music from our DJs.
If you’re coming for just social dancing, entry is a reduced £3 full price and £2 for Students and Unwaged. If you arrive in the last 30 minutes however, it’s absolutely free.
Got a question?
If there is more you would like to know or have a question not answered by the FAQ then get in touch. Please fill out the contact form opposite and submit a question to us. We will get in touch with an answer to your question as soon as possible.