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.

winter Lessons 2018

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


Saturdays, March 10 to April 7

Lessons : 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Located at 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS

Price: $30

No previous swing dancing experience is necessary

Lindy hop is a wonderful, joyful dance for all ages! This dance comes to us from the ballrooms of Harlem where black dancers and musicians pioneered this incredible art form. Please join us for a 4-week progressive series where you will be introduced to lindy hop fundamentals.  Gain some confidence and rhythm in your dancing. We will cover basic 6-count and 8-count moves, including tuck turns, promenades, send outs, and swing outs. This course is progressive, i.e. you must attend the classes in succession. We will be restarting the course every four weeks.

For an example of lindy hop, watch us at summer waterfront dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuqRQWcUJ44


20's charleston

Saturday, March 24th

Lessons : 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Located at 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS

Price: $8

Prerequisites: Lindy hop Level 1

Join us for a week of learning 20's Charleston. You may have learned this fun footwork as a kid, and now we're bringing it back---and with a partner! Great for fast music, and really addictive to dance :)

To see some original footage of 20's charleston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7SNTSq-9o


40's charleston

March 10 and March 17

Lessons : 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Located at 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS

Price: $15

Prerequisites: Lindy hop Level 1

Join Priyanka and Jessie for two weeks of Charleston fun. We'll be learning, side-by-side, cross-hand, and "airplane" Charleston.

We'll also cover some solo Charleston for those impromptu Charleston-offs on the dance floor. Great for fast music!


Summer blues

Thursdays, May 10 to June 28

Lessons : 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Located at 1313 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS

Prices: $55 Community Members, $40 Students

Drop in's: $10

No previous blues dancing experience is necessary

Join us for 8 weeks of blues dancing lessons that will begin with the basics but that have the potential to significantly amp up your creativity and partner connectivity. Each class we will use blues games to stimulate ideas for creative blues dancing.  We will cover several blues idiom dances, including slow drag, funky butt, Texas shuffle, and grind.

No previous blues dancing experience is necessary, but experienced dancers will learn more about blues dance techniques, idioms, and strategies to promote creative dancing.

Not sure if you want to make the leap? Check out our weekly swing factory for a drop in lesson!

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 looking for a Head DJ (preferably someone with DJ experience) and DJs to help out with events. Ready to be a DJ? Apply here!

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