FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How do I sign up for classes?
All the info is right HERE.
2. Where are classes held?
All the info is right HERE.
How much are our 4-week series per person?:
Click HERE for complete info.
Click HERE for our current prices
4 When do the new class begin?
Our classes generally start every four weeks. Click HERE for all the start dates.
5. How long is a series?
Each class is one hour, and the series is four consequative weeks.
6. What if I can't make the first class of a series?
It's okay to begin a series on the second week.
7. What if I can't make all four classes in the series?
Your series card is good for one year from date of purchase. You can use the missed session to make up that class or any class you'd like.
8. Does my series card expire?
Yes, your card expires one year from date of purchase.
9. Do I need to have a partner for class?
Definitely not. Come on your own or with friends. We rotate dance partners continually throughout the classes so that you get an opportunity to dance with as many people as possible.
10. Do I get a discount if I have a partner?
Each person is treated individually... so, sorry, no discounts in this case.
11. Where are the classes held?
In lovely El Segundo, California. Click HERE for directions and our map.
12. How shall I start?
Start with our Level 1 series. We take it from scratch. Whether you have no dance background, or you've been dabbling with swing, this class will give you a solid foundation. We also have many students in our Level 1 who come to us knowing Lindy Hop, but who want to brush up on their basics -- this is terrific and we really encourage it!
13. Who are the teachers?
Rusty Frank is the founder of Lindy By The Sea, and she is joined by The Rhythm Pals Ted Stanley for the Thursday evening classes and Ron Campbell for the Tuesday evening classes.
14. How long have you been in business teaching?
Lindy By The Sea was founded in 1998, but Rusty Frank has been teaching dance around the world her entire adult life.
15. What is taught in your classes?
Click HERE for our entire curriculum.
16. Should I repeat a level?
Absolutely! That's why we offer a 50% discount on additional classes the same day. We want to encourage you to repeat the class at least once AND move on. Over 90% of our students repeat levels as they move on and are really pleased with the results. There's nothing better than getting good dance basics!
17. What's the difference between the "A" and "B" of Levels 1 & 2?
In our attempt to give our students the best possible dance basics. Here's how it works: The first two weeks of the series of 1a and 1b (2a and 2b) are the same, the second two weeks have different material.
18. Is my series card transferable? refundable?
Your series card purchase is transferable but non-refundable.
19. Will a dance partner help me get better faster?
If you are planning on going professional, as a performer or teacher, sure, get a partner. Otherwise, we feel that swing dancing is at heart a social dance. As such, we feel that your lead and follow skills improve by dancing with many different people. Conversely, having only one person to dance with actually impairs your social dancing skills as the two of you gradually learn each others habits (good and bad) and patterns. We advocate having a "practice buddy", i.e. someone whom you can review steps and moves with after a class, but not an exclusive partner. (We do feel that you should only perform aerials with a person with whom you have studied and practiced with extensively, making them effectively your "aerials partner". Under no circumstances should you attempt aerials with someone whom you have not done them with many, many, many, many, many, many times before.) Take advantage of the thrill of leading and following with loads of different people. It's surprising, exciting and makes you a better dancer to boot!
20. Do you offer student and senior discounts?
Yes, we do. Check our price schedule HERE.
21. What if I can't afford classes?
Lost your job? Took a pay cut? Don't be a stranger! We'll work something out for you..
Every now and again, people just disappear from our scene who have been regular dancers.
I wonder why.
Did they get married, did they move, or did they suffer some financial hit.
If it's economics, please know that you are always welcome. Don't stay away.
We can work something out! Pay what you can, or just come for FREE. You never need to pay anything back.
I know that dancing really helps in hard times.
So don't be a stranger!
We'll work it out to meet your needs.
22. Do we rotate partners in class?
Yes. we feel that swing dancing is at heart a social dance. As such, we feel that your lead and follow skills improve by dancing with many different people. Conversely, having only one person to dance with actually impairs your social dancing skills as the two of you gradually learn each others habits (good and bad) and patterns. Take advantage of the thrill of leading and following with loads of different people. It's surprising, exciting and makes you a better dancer to boot! We also finds it hurts people's feelings to pass you by. Wee do have two exceptions: 1. If you are injured and have a trusworthy partner for the class, 2. If you cannot dance with other partners for religious reasons.
23. What should I wear to class?
Basically, just wear comfortable clothes and shoes that stay on your feet (sneakers are fine). Please use deoderant, come in fresh clothes, and make sure your breath is fresh (no garlic before class!) Here are some more specifics:
Wear tops that cover your arms and back (because when you perspire, you don't want to get it all over your dance partner). For those with long hair, have your hair off your back, but no high poneytails (as they hit your partner in the face whene you spin), so low poney tails. No big jewelry (better none at all). Nothing tied around your waist.
Please layer. Wear an undershirt, and then a loose-fitting shirt over -- like a Hawaiian shirt or Bowling shirt. If you are staying for more than one class, and sweat a lot, bring an extra shirt or two.
24. What shoes should I wear to class?
Basically, comfortable shoes that stay on your feet - sneakers are fine. Normally at a dance, people wear suede or leather soled shoes.
25. Do I have to pre-register for classes?
No, you don't. But you do save 10% on class prices by pre-registering! And it really helps us out, because we can get the paperwork done before you show up. Here's the link to Pre-Register (You may also call our office, 310 606 5606, and register using a credit card.
26. Can I just show up on the first day of class?
Yes, you can. You just lose the pre-register discount of 10% off class prices. Make sure you show up at least 15 minutes early so that we can get you registered.
27. Do you have some suggestions on swing music for dancing?
Starting a Collection:
People are always asking us about starting a colleciton of swing music. I recently came across an amazing compliation of 54 classic swing music for $7.99 on iTunes. If you started with these tunes, you would have a great start. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK:
Rusty's List of Songs for Beginners (Danceable):
28. What is musicality? What's the difference between a Swing Chorus (AABA) and a Blues Chorus? And, what is "The Big 1"?
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST
Here is the list of songs, along with their Beats Per Minute (BPM), that I use in Level 1-3 at Lindy by the Sea. I have chosen these songs because of their strong beats; beginners have enough to think about in learning to dance, so having that strong beat and fun arrangements really help.
Swing & Blues Choruses are the two major music forms we swing dancers dance to! Simply put:
A Swing Chorus uses the structure AABA, which you can read all about Go here.
This link will take you to a terrific example using the song, A TRAIN, that you can play through: HERE
A Blues Chorus is an easy structure to get right away, as it consists of six 8-count phrases. What makes a Blues Chorus so recognizeable is the often accompanying Boogie Woogie beat, and "The Turn Around." The "Turn Around" always is the 5th count of 8 and usually goes melodically higher. It helps the leader find the "Big 1" to start a new idea, such as Charleston, Balboa, etc. One of the most famous Blues songs we dance to is "Jump Jive And Wail"... hum a few bars, and you'll see!
Song writers were free to use any structure they wished, and sometimes (rarely) they mixed a song with both kinds -- the most known example of this is "In The Mood". The song starts in the Blues structures, then moves to the Swing Structure, and then back and forth several more times. Take a listen and see if you can figure out the changes.
"The Big 1." Of course we all know that each phrase begins with a count of "1." So to clarify matters, Ron Campbell and Rusty Frank coined "The Big 1" to describe the beginning of a new section in a song. In a Blues Chorus, "The Big 1" would be count one of a new chorus (6x8). In a Swing Chorus, it could be the count 1 of any of the sections of AABA. Get it? If not, come to our Level 3 musicality class or sign up with Rusty for a private lesson... she'll clarify it for you! 310 606 5606.
29. What if I have more questions?
Email us or give us a call at 310 606 5606.