Swing Dancing Lessons

Want to learn to dance? During each and every semester (including during the Summer), The Swing Society offers a series of different lessons, from free beginning lessons to extremely affordable six-week sets of lessons at different skill levels. Register online or at the door!

Free Beginning Lessons

One of the best ways to get started swing dancing is to join us for one of our free beginning lessons that are offered before most of our special event dances. These lessons are free with the admission of the dance, many of which are free already, and covers enough materal to get you dancing with some basic moves.

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Upcoming Beginning Lessons:
  • There are currently no upcoming beginning lessons scheduled. This is often the case at toward the end of the semester at Illinois, but there are always plenty during the regular school year!

Six-Week Lesson Sets

Current and Upcoming Six-Week Lesson Sets:
  • Intro to Swing Dancing: Learn the basics of swing dancing with patterns designed to get you out and on the dance floor as quickly as possible. No previous experience required.
  • Lindy Hop: Beginning Swing started you on the track to Lindy Hop, in this class we will build on the fundamentals and begin to incorporate a wider range of moves and movements. Beginning Swing Proficiency required.
  • Level 3: Lindy Technique: Pick up from level 2 and continue learning Lindy Hop!
  • Balboa, Shag, and All That Jazz: This class will teach the other popular swing dances sweeping the country these days. These dances fit in fine with general swing and Lindy Hop and can add some variety and flavor to your dancing.

Private Lessons

Besides the group lessons listed above, The Swing Society also offers private lessons. The basic cost structure of a private lesson varies per instructor per hour for up to two people. Private lessons can be held by either one instructor or a pair of instructors (both a lead and a follow). Travel outside of Champaign-Urbana may require a additional fee for the travel time and cost. For more details or questions, contact our lessons chairs at lessons@illiniswing.org.

We also offer large-group lessons for a wedding or other event. E-mail lessons@illiniswing.org for more info.