Frequently Asked Questions
On Wednesdays and Thursdays the doors are open 6.30pm and we do a 1st-timers intro at 6:45pm, followed by the main beginners class at 7pm. Please arrive in time to complete the registration form and be ready for the start of the intro class.
There is no need to bring a partner as we teach in rotation. This way it’s more interactive, you meet heaps of people every night, and you learn from dancers of different levels with varying styles of lead and follow. There are also teachers on hand to help in class, where required. For couples, your exposure to other dancers (including higher levels) will help avoid developing bad habits and greatly improve your own following and leading, and in turn, your dance partnership will benefit. Don’t worry, you will also have plenty of opportunities to do your own thing together in freestyle time, and in any of the other strange places you will start to practice! WE strongly encourage you to rotate but if you prefer to stay with your partner please advise the front desk.
Modern Jive and West Coast Swing can be danced to an array of music genres. Our favourites include; Pop, Smooth Blues, Soft Rock, Contemporary, and RnB, (includes music from old classics to the latest top 40 pop songs). Modern Jive & West Coast Swing, together, capture a wonderful wide variety of awesome music. We are well known for bringing regular, fresh, fun and smooth dance tunes to the dance floor!
Relaxed and casual attire is fine. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in, keeping in mind normal club dress regulations apply. Shoe choice, on the other hand, is very important: Ideally, suede or leather soles, or jazz boots. If you don’t have these types of shoes just wear something comfortable, and in the short-term you will be fine. Ladies, avoid slip-ons though, for obvious reasons. It’s also advisable to wear deodorant, which tends to immediately make you a more popular dancer!You will have lots of fun! New dancers start in a small group with a general introduction that helps you get the basic handhold and footwork. This is followed by the main class where you learn 3-4 moves, which you will be dancing by the end of the class. You also get time to practice after the main class and there are danceVibe team members on hand to help. On Wednesdays everyone gets access to our Fundamentals Introduction at 6:45pm, the Base Moves class at 7pm (All levels). After the class we offer 30 minutes Social Dancing with support from the rostered danceVibe team, then we split into 3 classes at 8:30pm (no additional cost). The classes are as follows: Step-up for Beginner/Progressing Dancers and Intermediate Level 1 and Intermediate Level 2. There is more practice time after class from about 9.15pm to 10.15pm! On Thursdays we have the 6:45pm Fundamentals followed by a 30 min beginners class 7pm-7:30pm, a 3 song break, a 3o min variations class 7:40pm-8:10pm, a 3 song break, and then an Intermediate plus class, Class levels are subject to the teachers' discretion. We will take into account individual ability and past experience.
There is a 3 week pass Special for $25 (1st-timers to danceVibe only). 3 Week Expiry. Casual visits are $15, all night entry! You can by 5-night passes for $70 (3 month expiry). You can also buy a 10 Night Pass for $120 (5 month expiry). Pass expiry dates are extended at the end.
At danceVibe we understand that not everyone wants to take dancing to a higher level, so beginners and social dancers are always catered for. However, we believe that everyone does, in time, want optimum enjoyment and satisfaction from their dancing. For those who have an interest in learning sound dance technique, styling, improvisation/ interpretation, both Modern Jive and West Coast lend themselves well to these aspects of dance. In fact, increasing numbers of experienced dancers, in not only West Coast Swing, but also Modern Jive, are focusing on developing musicality; letting the music dictate how they dance, rather than just doing moves. Most importantly, once you get the basics, rather than doing the same old moves each song, it makes for fun, spontaneous and exciting dancing: every song is a new experience!