Beginners Course

 Are you new to Swing Dancing?

Sign up for our Beginners Course called Swing 1 and learn the swing dance: Lindy Hop.  
This course will give you a great start to swing dancing - you will learn the basic footwork and moves, as well as how to social dance.

 

Next Beginners Course in Lindy Hop will start in mid September 

You can choose between three Beginner Courses: 

 

SWING 1 MONDAY
   - Time: 20.30 - 21.45
   - 7 Mondays
   - Course starts: September 18th 
   - Course ends: October 30th

SWING 1 TUESDAY - SOLD OUT
   - Time: 19.00 - 20.15
   - 7 Tuesdays
   - Course starts: September 19th 
   - Course ends: October 31st

 

SWING 1 THURSDAY
   - Time: 17.30 - 18.45
   - 7 Thursdays
   - Course starts: September 21st 
   - Course ends: November 2nd

 

 

Price of the course

650 kr (regular)
500 kr (student)

You can have your registration refunded, if you write us latest one week before classes start, after which we do not offer refunds. You may sell your registration to someone else. All we need is an email from you, with their name and email included. Please note: It is not possible to change the follow/lead role of your original registration.

Location

Happy Feet Studio,
Ørnevej 33, København NV

Duration of the course

7 classes of 1 h 15 min each, once a week
Course starts in week 38
Course ends in week 44

Course Description

Swing 1 is a course for complete beginners. The class material is build according to the way swing dance has evolved back at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the Swing 1 course we will focus on the first two types of footwork that emerged in the 1910s and 1920s: groove walks and 20s Charleston. We will teach you some basic 6-count moves, as well as 20s Charleston variations. Then we will move towards 1930s, when swing dancers started using triple steps.

We will also introduce you to the concept of leading and following in a dance, and what it means to “go social dancing”.


Class material demo

Watch this video to see what moves you will learn in Swing 1 course:

We also offer Beginners Courses in:

 

COLLEGIATE SHAG

SOLO JAZZ

 

>> Read more about these courses & Sign up on the Main Classes page <<

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it required to take a Beginners Workshop first?
No, you don't have to take a beginners workshop before signing up to our weekly classes. This way you can start your swing dance adventure right away by signing up for our Swing 1 class. 
Do I need a dance partner?
You don't need a partner to register. If you register alone we will simply pair you up with another participant. We will also have partner rotation in the classes, so you will get to meet and dance with everyone in the class. A nice way to make new friends!

A little tip though: since this is a partner dance we need to balance the number of leaders and followers ( traditionally leaders are men and followers women. However, in these modern times we welcome anyone to pick whichever role they prefer). We typically have many more followers than leads, so if you choose to be a follower we recommend that you sign-up with a partner to avoid the waiting list. 

Do you offer single classes/tryout classes?
We organize Intro Classes to Swing Dancing during our Friday Parties, which take place in our studio every second/third week. You don't need to sign up beforehand, just show up on the day and pay the entrance to the party at the door. The intro class takes place right before the party. For more information on that, check our Event section.

You can also join an intro class to swing dance in Student House on Tuesdays. See more info about it here.

We don't offer sign ups for single classes to our weekly classes. We need to make sure that our classes are well balanced, so that there is an equal or almost equal amount of followers and leaders (where leaders are usually men and followers are women). Sign ups for single classes would disrupt our leader-follower balance. Therefore it is only possible to sign up for a full round of classes (7 weeks of classes). 

Do you teach in Danish or English?
We teach in English because our classes have dancers from all over the world. However, you are welcome to ask questions and speak to us in Danish.
What should I wear?
Anything that you feel comfortable in that doesn't limit your movement. We suggest bringing some extra clothes to change into after class - Lindy Hop is an energetic dance, so you might get sweaty. We have a Shower Area in our studio, where you can take a shower and change clothes before or after class. 
Regarding footwear, flat shoes will be the best choice, preferably with a not-too-sticky sole. We do not recommend high heels for beginners.  If you want to invest in some good dancing shoes, try these brands: Keds, Aris Allen, Toms, Dance Joy.
What if I miss some classes?
 Don't worry if you happen to miss a class or two. We do a recap after all our classes. which students are welcome to film and share with each other. You should be able to get the video from your classmates and practice the moves.

If you feel like you have missed out on too many classes, and you are having trouble catching up with the new material, you can:
• book a private lesson with us, where we will work one-to-one with you on the material. Check our Private Lessons section for more info.
• sign up for the Beginners Course again. It will give you a chance to recap the material you've learned, and catch up with the things you missed.

Regarding refunds: Once the course has begun, we do not offer refunds for any missed classes.

Can I get a refund/sell my registration?
You can have your registration refunded, if you write us latest one week before classes start, after which we do not offer refunds. You may sell your registration to someone else. All we need is an email from you, with their name and email included. Please note: It is not possible to change the follow/lead role of your original registration. 
Am I too old/too young to dance swing?
Swing dancing is for everyone, regardless of age. In Copenhagen you can meet swing dancers from every age group, having lots of fun together on the dance-floor. That said, you must be at least 15 years old to join our classes, due to legal regulations. We do not however have a maximum age limit. 🙂 
Where can I dance outside of classes?

Friday Parties at Happy Feet Studio 
(every second/third week)

Great evenings of dancing and hanging out in in the home of happy feet! Each party starts with an Intro Class to swing dance. After that, the dancefloor is open, and we have plenty of special attractions prepared for you, making each party different and unique. 
From time to time there will be live music, dance competitions, dance shows, quizes, intro classes in blues/shag/balboa, and much more. There is also a cozy bar where you can buy drinks and hang out with your friends in between dances.
Get more info about Friday Parties here. 

 

Open Practice in Happy Feet Studio 
(almost every day)

You can come to Open Practice in our studio up to three times a week, to practice moves from your class or just dance with your friends. You might want to bring a partner to dance with, but otherwise the dancefloor is open, and the music is playing, so just show up and dance! Open Practice is free and open for everyone, no sign up needed. 
Get more info about Open Practice here.

 

Other social dancing opportunities in Copenhagen:

 Sunday Swing by Swingin' Hepcats
  at Indre By Kulturhus: 15.00 - 18.00 
  (and 16.00 - 19.00 on the 1st Sunday of the month)

 Tuesday Swing Dance
   at Studenterhuset: 19.30 - 23.00

 Saturday Extra Training by SwingShoes
   at Vesterbro Kulturhus: 12.00 - 14.00

 Live music and social dance
   at Café AE at Nørrebro: 20.00 - 22.00 
   (only on first Wednesday of the month)

Apart from that there is also plenty of other events and places where you can dance socially and meet other swing dancers. For more info, check out the Facebook group Swing Dance in Copenhagen - it has over 3000 members and has important updates on swing dance events in Copenhagen.