Swing Dance Exchange

Learn to Swing Dance Online

Posted by Krista Hershberger on

Are you looking for some guidance in your swing dance development and growth? Generally, I highly recommend going to local classes, events, and workshops to improve your swing dancing. Swing dancers are some of the most supportive, encouraging people I know. Even if they're not instructors, most folks don't mind stepping off the dance floor for a mini lesson upon request. (BONUS - improving your dance skills at local events/classes also supports your local swing dance community!)  But, maybe your local jitterbug scene is fresh and young. You might need to travel hours for a lesson that shakes up your dancing! Or,...

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How to Fail like a Badass Swing Dancer

Posted by Krista Hershberger on

Have you noticed that lindy hoppers, jitterbugs, boogie woogie dancers, and all those hepcat jumpers and jivers are real smooth during a dance wipeout, fall, or fail? You never see them storm off the dance floor in a huff!  What is their secret? How do these dancers continue to jump, jive, and wail regardless of unforeseen mishaps?     My early experience with dance included pink tights, bars, and ballerina buns. I had very encouraging ballet instructors but the general sentiment seemed to be - there's an ideal or perfect way to perform every dance move and you should always be striving for that ideal. ...

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Find Swing Dancing Near Me!

Posted by Krista Hershberger on

Did you know that you can find lindy hoppers, balboa dancers, blues dancers, jitterbugs, and jazz-loving hepcats all around the world? Yeah, you probably did... but I still get excited about it!  Just check out the iCharleston the World project! Swing dancers from near and far contribute videos of themselves dancing the charleston (a vintage jazz dance from the 1920's) in their home cities. There are so many locations represented!    Traveling to a new place and jumping on the dance floor seems intimidating. But finding dancers who speak your same lindy hop, balboa, east coast swing, or shag "language" throws...

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Why I Recommend Learning to Swing Dance

Posted by Krista Hershberger on

So what's the big deal? Isn't swing dancing just something you learn in a high school P.E. class or something you try that one time you were at a jazz bar? Buckle your seat belts, friends. Swing dance has been a big part of my life for over five years. I want to share why it's been such a positive and valuable part of my life. My hope is that it will inspire you to go back to that second swing dance class or finally go with that one friend, who won't stop inviting you to swing dance events. -...

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