Come inside and enjoy the beautiful wood floor of the East Lyme Community Center (41 Society Rd). The dance goes from 8 to 11. We offer a free beginner lesson that will help new dancers learn the basics they need to get started. (The lesson's also good for anyone who's a little rusty)
Singles and couples of any age are welcome. Everyone dances with everyone, so you don’t need to bring a partner. And dancers at every level are encouraged—even if you’ve never danced in your life. We’ll be happy to get you started in all the fun of swing dancing.
See you September 19th!
Letter from the New Board of Directors:
We are excited about the great season we are beginning with a new board of directors. Our meeting was full of energy and ideas to bring joy to all dancers and grow our community. We are very grateful that Maria has volunteered to be a resource to the group of people who will fill her shoes, especially our new president, Liz Mancini, and Vice President Pam Flanagan, and Dave Elwell supervising the DJ Duties. Their business experience and work with other boards, bring new perspectives to the table. The entire board is grateful to their willingness to take on this challenge.
Thank you to everyone on the board last year who worked so hard building a strong organization to keep the pleasure of dancing to live music available in our community. They gave us a lineup of popular bands that should keep our floors hopping each month. We look forward to seeing everyone as Johnny and the East Coast Rockers play for us on September 19th. His love of playing music for dancers, is why he has been on our schedule for over 20 years! Come celebrate a New Year with us!
Our website is being updated with information on the current board and hope you will say hi to us as you have a chance. We hope to be a resource for dancing along the shoreline, and will post information for you as we learn of it. Several items are listed that might be of interest as you plan for August and September.
The Culture of Swing Dance
If you’re new to swing dancing, you may wonder what to expect. No worries! Shoreline Swing is welcoming to new people, even those who’ve never danced before. Here are some tips we hope will be helpful:
Take the beginner lesson. East Coast Swing steps are the language that we have in common. Learning the basics will make it much easier for people to dance with you. It’s worth the effort to arrive in time for the lesson. Plus, you’ll get to know a few people right off the bat.
Good hygiene counts. All dancers should arrive at any dance with a clean body and fresh breath. If you tend to sweat heavily, consider bringing an extra shirt to change into if needed.
Dance floor “rules of the road.” Stationary dances, including swing, are done in the middle of the dance floor. Traveling dances (such as waltz and foxtrot) go around the perimeter of the dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction (the “line of dance”). You’ll notice that even at a swing dance, some people will do other forms of dance, so give them room to move around the margins. If you’re not dancing, please stand or walk on the far edges of the dance floor, not actually on it.
Dance with everybody. You don’t need to come with a partner, and most people change partners every dance. Everyone dances with everyone! Asking someone to dance is usually not a romantic overture. They’re not asking you on a date, they’re just asking you to dance. So don’t say no because they’re not your type, or are much older or younger than you, or whatever. (Well, romances do sometimes happen. But that’s not our focus.) It’s polite to decline a request to dance only if you really need to sit one out.
Women can ask men to dance. We are very equal-opportunity about this, so don’t be shy!
Don’t just sit there. If you sit on the sidelines and wait for partners to approach you, you may find that they get intercepted by other people. Demonstrate your interest in dancing by standing near the dance floor and moving to the music. Better, go ask someone! Don’t be shy because you’re new. Sometimes new dancers are reluctant to ask people to dance because they’re “not any good.” But we were all new once, some of us pretty recently, and we know that the only way to learn is to get out there and practice. You’re only asking people for three minutes of their life, and most experienced dancers are happy to give you that.
Bring a friend. You don’t have to bring a friend—we’ll welcome you solo. But if you find you enjoy swing dancing, we hope you’ll come again and invite a friend to come along. The whole dance community thrives when new people join us!!