Learn to Dance

There is absolutely no experience (not even a partner!) needed when you join us for lessons here at the DSDS.

All that we ask is that you come with a smile, an open mind, and wearing clean indoor shoes with non-marking soles.

~At DalKing's Swing Safe Dance~

We care about your safety and comfort. If anyone, regardless who, is making you uncomfortable, please come tell a staff member , executive or volunteer.

As these are private lessons, we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave if they are disrupting the event, the enjoyment of our attendees or any other reason that we deem reasonable.

Lindy Hop lessons are progressive so drop-ins are not advisable. Dance lesson prices cover one person's whole term during the Summer of 2017.

Summer Lessons 2017

We've got some lessons lined up for you during the summer, you won't want to miss them. As always, you don't need to bring a partner or have any experience in dance, so come on!

Swing Modules

May 17th until June 7th

Lessons 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Located at Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford Street, 2nd floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 2W8

Prices: $25 Community Members, $15 Students

Level 2 Prerequisite: At least one semester of Level 1 Lindy Hop

Expand your swingrizons to learn different styles, fancy footwork, crazy choreos, connection, technique, and more. Swing Modules are a series of 3-4 progressive classes. Each module will focus on a different style or theme. It is helpful if participants can attend all or most classes of a module.


Level 1 Lindy

Wednesday June 28th to August 2nd

Lessons 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Located at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS

Prices: $40 Community Members, $25 Students

Level 1 Prerequisite: No experience necessary

If you've never tried swing before, or if you want to solidify your basic techniques, this is the class for you. In this summer Level 1 you will be taught the basics of Lindy 6 and 8 count. Specific topics covered will be Rhythm, Connection, Turns, Footwork, Change of Place movements, Swing Out Shapes, Swing Out Feeling, Stretch and Enrergy, Rotational and Linear Rock steps, Basic Musicality Concepts and Mixing Rythms will the the goal of this series.


Blues Lessons

Lessons 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Located at 1313 Hollis Street

Price per 6 week term: $45 Community Members, $30 Students

You can register for Blues here.

A 6-week “Switch” class – that teaches people to dance both roles and switch between them.  

6-WEEK SWITCH CLASS – Have you ever been at a major blues dance event where someone who wants to dance with you asks, “lead, follow or switch”? In this 6-week lesson set we’ll aim to develop the skills of dancers who have already completed a set of blues lessons (as a Lead or as a Follow) but want to seriously amp up their skills by learning the other role and the skills needed to switch seamlessly between the roles.  June 8th to July 14th.


Here’s some videos of switch dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gk-Y6RmPXo


Want to be a DJ?

If you really like swing dance music, we invite you to learn about DJing! Other than volunteers, the DSDS is always looking for DJs to help out with events. Our Head DJ Ian Whitman offers lessons to prospective DJs.

A message from Ian:

"This is a basic, high level, DJ intro web series being done by a site that I use for DJ information pretty regularly. It's covering the basic concepts of DJing (from a club DJ standpoint, however the basics apply to all DJing). Have a look if you're interested. FYI this is meant as a lead-in to a paid course, and the courses aren't cheap. For basic info video the series is useful, and there is a free weekly training course you can sign up for through the site as well."

Free DJ Intro Lesson