Get your vintage glad rags on and join us at The Workshop for one of our regular social evenings. This is a great opportunity to practise the moves you have been learning, and get to know your classmates a little better! All levels are not just welcome but strongly encouraged! These evenings are low key and there is no pressure to dance. We’d love to see you there just for a drink and a chat. Lindy hop is great fun to watch as well as dance!
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When? Every second Thursday, including through the term holidays, from around 7.30 pm till late
Where? The Workshop, 32c New Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Price? It's free, but please treat yourself to a superb meal, yummy snack, sumptuous dessert, a hearty craft beer (brewed onsite!) or just a steaming hot cuppa to support The Workshop for supporting us!
The Workshop - the awesome retro micro-brewery, cafe & bar.
Term socials - postponed until further notice
Each term we dedicate our last class night to social dancing at our normal class venue. Social dancing is the best way to learn and improve, and we really recommend that you come along to these each term. So come as you are or don your favourite vintage gear, bring a plate to share, something to drink and join us for a fun, friendly night of socialising and dancing.
We do not live in a time where people are likely to tell you to your face that you smell bad or that you have reached a level of sweat that is abhorrent to the general touch so these tips may help.
Social dancing etiquette
- Ask people to dance! Whether you are a lead or follow, it is up to everyone to ask for a dance. Keep it casual and polite, and direct it to one person. (Don’t approach a couple of people and ask ‘would either of you like to dance?’ It just gets awkward as both politely defer to the other and you end up standing there smiling awkwardly).
- Dance with people of all levels. If you are a beginner, don’t feel afraid to ask someone more experienced than you – you will learn so much in just a couple of songs. Likewise, if you are a more experienced dancer, don’t forget about the beginners, you were one once too!
- You can say 'no'. If you don’t want to dance with somebody (whether you are having a break, the song is too fast, the person gives you a weird vibe etc), you are allowed to, and should say no. Chances are the dance would not be enjoyable for either of you if you didn’t really want to dance in the first place. You don’t need to offer an excuse, just a polite ‘no thank you, perhaps later’ will suffice.
- Don’t take offence if someone says no. Everyone has a right to choose when and with who they want to dance. Try asking them again later if you really want a dance with them, and if you get repeatedly knocked back, then perhaps take the hint (but don’t take it personally!) and leave it at that.
- Don’t correct your partner's dancing, unless they ask for it. The social floor is not the time for critiquing someone’s style or technique, you are out there to have fun and relax!
- If your partner is dancing in such a way that you are uncomfortable (either you are in physical pain or discomfort, or there is inappropriate body contact/touching) then you should immediately stop the dance and bow out.
- Connect with your partner in a positive way, smile and make eye contact. That being said, use moderation – too much eye contact can feel creepy!
- Leads – it is your responsibility to make sure you are sending your partner into clear space and avoid collisions where possible.
- No throwing your partner in the air! Aerials are typically reserved for use during competitions or between a couple who is very familiar with each others style. They require a superb degree of expertise and are not danced socially.
- At the end of a song - if there is a live band/musician, clap. Don’t be afraid to whoop and holler if you really loved it – they will love it too! Thank your partner for the dance, and if you would like another, ask. Otherwise feel free to move off the dance floor or find another person to dance with. You are not generally expected to walk your partner off the floor.
- Most importantly, have fun and do your best to make the evening fun for others too.