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.

SUMMER Lessons 2019

We've got some wonderful lessons to keep that autumn chill away, and you don't want to miss them. Join us at the First Baptist Church at 1300 Oxford Street for lessons and social dances. As always, you don't need to bring a partner or have any experience in dance, so come on!

Swing Factory

Date: Every saturday! (with some exceptions)

Time: 6:45-7:45

Price: $5

location: 1300 Oxford street

Come learn to swing dance! Every week, a group of wonderful dancers welcomes you to learn and dance with them. The night begins with an 45 minute introductory lesson, followed with dancing to some great swing music until 10:30pm--all for only $5!!

No dancing experience or partner required, so come learn to swing, meet some friendly people, and dance the night away with us!

Please bring non-scuffing indoor shoes, and keep scented products to a minimum.

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Doors open at 6:30pm
Beginner lesson 7:00-7:45pm
Music ends at 10:30pm
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You can invite your friends to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/619564775148911/

Lindy Hop Level 1a

Date: May 11-June 15 (6 WEEKS)

Time: 6:30-7:40

Price: $30 ($15 for repeaters)

location: 1300 Oxford street

Want to try a partner dance? Are you an absolute beginner with little or no experience? Trying to get some exercise while just having a blast? 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 6-week progressive series where you will be introduced to lindy hop fundamentals (no partner or previous experience required!). In this class, we will start from square one, going step by step to get you moving with some confidence and rhythm on the dance floor. We will cover basic 6-count and 8-count moves, including tuck turns, promenades, send outs, and swing outs.

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

Instructors: Catherine and Oshean

You can invite your friends to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1026790757526182/

Lindy Hop level 1b

Date: June 22-July 27 (no class july 6)

Time: 6:30-7:45

Price: $40

Location: 1300 Oxford Street

Have you taken Linday 1a, or have done a lot of social dancing and want to work on your swing outs and charleston? Please join us for a 5-week progressive series where we will take your dancing to the next level, no partner required. In this class, we will work on improving your swing out technique and show you cool variations for both swing outs and basic 6 count moves. We will also speed the music up and introduce you to partnered charleston, an energetic and exciting style of moves. At the end of these classes, you will be dancing to a larger range of music tempos, and will have more tools to express yourself on the dance floor.

Modules Class: The Big Apple

Date: JUNE 1-June 29 (5 WEEKS)

Time: 6:30-7:40

Price: $30

location: 1300 Oxford street

Prerequisite: Level 1a

Are you up for a jazz-step challenge? Do you want to bring some lindyhop greatness to Halifax? The Big Apple is such an amazingly fun group routine. It's not an easy routine, but the feelings of elation are worth the effort, and it is now going to be taught once again, back by popular demand. One of the things that makes it great is that it's done in a circle and that Frankie Manning is credited with many of the steps (see more history below).

Note: people who already have learned the Big Apple routine are welcome to join the class as Teacher's Assistants free of charge (pay only $5 for the dance)

Once you've learned this routine, you will have a plethora of jazz steps at your musical disposal. Check it out:

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers perform the Big Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfgKMfexdPQ

Harlem Hot Shots perform the Big Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmsYp583IYw

From http://www.bigappleroutine.com/

"The Big Apple had already exploded in New York City when we started doing it in the famous Savoy Theatre every Saturday"Night!

- Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning is credited with inventing the steps of the famous Big Apple Contest for the Movie "Keep Punching." With the release of the Movie in 1937, his steps where preserved for all of us to see. Along with the original footage of this dance, Hanna & Mattias attempt to recapture the original Hype of the 1920s. They give step-by-step instructions on how to dance the Big Apple Routine and with Whiz and Jazz make the routine fun for all dancers alike.

The exact origin of the Big Apple is unclear but one author suggests that the dance originated from the "ring shout", a group dance associated with religious observances that was founded before 1860 by African Americans on plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. The ring shout is described as a dance with "counterclockwise circling and high arm gestures" that resembled the Big Apple.

It is still practiced today in small populations of the southern United States. The dance that eventually became known as the Big Apple is speculated to have been created in the early 1930s by African American youth dancing at the House of Prayer Synagogue on Gates Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The synagogue was converted into a black juke joint called the "Big Apple Night Club.

Peer-Lindy Practices

date: Mondays

Time: 7-8 PM

Price: $5

location: dalplex (6260 South St)

Intermediate & Advance dancers, starting June 3rd we will have weekly Peer-Lindy Practices held at Dalplex, $5. This will be a space where we can expand our knowledge and improve our skills with the help of feedback from our fellow dancers. A pair of dancers will lead the practice with a theme, exercises and discussion points for the group. If you plan on attending, please let Claire (claire.boteler at gmail.com) know so we can get a rough idea of numbers. Also say if you want to be put into the rotation for leading an upcoming practice.

Facebook Event

Shim sham Routine

date: TBA

Time: 6:30-7:40

Price: $15

location: 1300 Oxford street

In preparation for World Lindy Hop Day on June 14, 2019, we will be presenting the Shim Sham Routine. The Shim Sham is a fun, engaging, and common routine you will see at almost any swing social. With fun moves and foot work, the Shim Sham is the perfect way to expand your dance and have a great time!

SUMMER Blues lessons 2018

Join us this summer for blues dancing lessons at 1313 Hollis Street – Thursday nights 6:30-8:30 pm.
No previous blues dancing experience is necessary, but experienced dancers will learn more about blues dance techniques, idioms, and strategies to push their dancing to a higher level. No partner required because we will rotate partners often.

What is blues dancing? Blues dancing is a relaxed partner or solo dance that responds to the rhythms and emotions of blues music. It includes a family of dances created in African American communities for social dancing to blues music, from the late 19th through the 20th century. Rooted in African movement, blues dancing values improvisation, rhythm, and fun. Over the last several decades, a vibrant blues dancing community has grown in many parts of the world, from the birthplace of the blues in Louisiana, to festivals in Europe, to clubs in East Asia. (For more on blues dancing, check out Blues Dance New York or Laura Chieko’s pages http://bluesdancenewyork.com/what-is-blues/ http://www.laurachieko.com/blues-idiom-dances/

 BLUES: Lead, Follow, or SWITCH?

Date: Thurs May 2-June 6 at 1313 Hollis Street

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Price: $45 for community members, $30 for students

If you dance blues in a large blues scene or at a major workshop, chances are you will hear someone looking for a dance ask: “Lead, follow, or switch?” Some scenes teach dancers both roles from the start, while others urge dancers to try the alternative role to enhance skills and appreciation for the creative potential of the dance. In this 6-week session, Jill and Toby will help dancers improve their understanding of the fundamentals of leading and following while learning some strategies for seamlessly switching between roles for an inspiring and fun dance.  

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!

Our Head DJ Rissa offers lessons to prospective DJs.